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Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies

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(Left) Robert Baines. Hey True Blue (brooch), 2010. Silver, powder coat, electroplate, paint. Courtesy the artist and Gallery Loupe, New Jersey. (Center) Robert Baines. Post War High Society circa 1950 (brooch), 2010. Silver pearls, glass, powder coat. Courtesy the artist and Gallery Loupe, New Jersey. (Right) Robert Baines. Post War High Society circa 1950 (brooch), 2010. Silver, enamel, glass, powder coat. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Loupe, New Jersey.

MassArt’s Bakalar & Paine Galleries Present Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies

On view January 17 – March 3, 2018
Free and open to the public

Boston, MA – December 19, 2017 – This winter MassArt’s Bakalar & Paine Galleries present the New England debut of work by Robert Baines, Australia’s leading archaeometallurgist. In an exhibition of over 70 objects, Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies on view January 17 – March 3, 2018 celebrates the beautiful and whimsical works of the jeweler, goldsmith, and scholar. For over 40 years, Baines has made jewelry that draws on the vocabulary of historic European metalworking techniques in unexpected ways. His research on Bronze Age goldsmithing has not only shaped international jewelry scholarship, but also grounded his own practice. Combining precious metals with contemporary materials, he excavates the mythology of present-day culture. Using ancient techniques in playful new ways, Baines creates objects that push the boundaries of what wearable craft can be. This exhibition was organized by Patti Bleicher of Gallery Loupe, New Jersey with support from the Australia Council. Join the conversation on social media with #FabulousFollies.

About Robert baines

Robert Baines is both a jeweler and scholar. One of the most prominent contemporary goldsmiths in the world, he is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Bayerischer State Prize (2005) and Friedrich Becker Prize (2008) from Germany; and the Cicely and Colin Rigg Craft Award (1997), the richest craft prize in Australia. He holds a PhD from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), where he is a professor of gold and silversmithing. In 2010, he was designated a Living Treasure: Master of Australian Craft. Baines’ astonishingly detailed metalwork, which reflects studies in archeometallurgy, embodies ancient techniques such as linear wirework and granulation but with the scale, grandeur, and irony of current practice. He sometimes incorporates objects, either found or fabricated, into his complex “worlds.” His work is in countless international museum collections, including National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Powerhouse Museum, Sidney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

special events

Artist Talk, Robert Baines
Friday, January 19, 12pm
Huntington Studio, Design and Media Center

Drawing Together
Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm
January 24 – February 28, 2018

Join us on Wednesday nights for drop-in drawing in the galleries! Sessions are facilitated by professional artists and educators, taking inspiration from the exhibitions on view and encouraging visitors to create collaboratively. Free and open to the public, with drawing materials provided. No previous art experience required.

Family Day
Saturday, February 24, 11am-4pm
Free and open to the public

Twice a year, visitors of all ages are invited to Family Day at the Galleries. Drop in for fun-filled art making activities, designed and led by MassArt art education students, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Refreshments served.

Plan Your Visit

Monday through Saturday 12:00-6:00pm
Wednesdays 12:00-8:00pm
(closed Sundays)
Free and open to the public

MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue (Avenue of the Arts), Boston
Enter through the Design and Media Center

Public Transportation
MBTA Green Line E Train (Longwood Medical Area stop)
Route 39 MBTA bus (Huntington Ave @ Longwood Ave stop)

galleries renovation and closure

Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies and Legacy of the Cool, on view January 17 – March 3, 2018, will be the last exhibitions organized by the Bakalar & Paine Galleries curatorial staff before the Galleries close for renovations. Following the winter exhibitions, the Galleries will host the 29th MassArt Auction on Saturday, April 7 (Public Preview Days March 29 – April 5) and the MassArt MFA Thesis Show, on view April 19 – May 12. The Galleries will close to the public after May 12 and will reopen in fall 2019.


About the Bakalar & Paine Galleries and the UNBOUND Campaign

A venue for national and international contemporary art, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries is MassArt’s professionally curated gallery space on campus, featuring thought-provoking exhibitions of work by the world’s most influential, established and emerging artists of our time. As the largest free contemporary art space in New England, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries is a vital cultural resource for the College, the Greater Boston area, and beyond. Exhibitions are curated to represent a variety of disciplines to serve as a teaching space for MassArt students as well as an inspirational, educational resource for the public. In addition to its exhibitions, the Galleries produce numerous free public programs throughout the year including Family Days, receptions, and lectures. Recent exhibitions have featured contemporary artists and designers such as Matthew Brandt, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Mona Hatoum, William Kentridge, Jim Lambie, Maya Lin, Zandra Rhodes and Alison Saar.

In May 2016, MassArt officially kicked off the public phase of UNBOUND: Campaign for the Bakalar & Paine Galleries with a $1 million gift from Pace Gallery founder and MassArt alumnus Arne Glimcher (BA’60, Painting). To date, MassArt has raised $8.2 million towards the $12 million total for the project. UNBOUND will fund a transformative revitalization of the 8,000 square foot, three-floor gallery space. Campaign funds will support restoration and preservation within the historic galleries that occupy one of the original campus buildings. Renovations will allow for improved public access with a visible street-side front entrance on Huntington Avenue, new climate and relative humidity control systems that will allow for year-round programming, an elevator, new curatorial offices, a new gallery education room, an expanded preparatory workshop, and visitor amenities. designLAB Architects and Dimeo Construction have been selected for the project.

About Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only freestanding public college of art and design in the country and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, all taught by world-class faculty. MassArt is also home to the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, the largest free contemporary art space in New England, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt’s most accomplished alumni are designer Brian Collins, art dealer Arne Glimcher, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, Project Runway Season 15 winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and photographer William Wegman. For more information, visit Follow MassArt on social media: TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.

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