“For me personally, Joan opened my eyes to the interplay between jewelry, sculpture, adornment, and art. She always believed in the power of art and remained an art dealer until her passing”, writes her friend Gloria Lieberman. Joan Sonnabend influenced numerous people with her insight and passion, and helped many artists begin their careers. Robert Lee Morris is among the jewelry artists she discovered and represented at her gallery. Years later, Morris opened up his own gallery, ARTWEAR, and went on to represent over 400 jewelry artists and host over 50 exhibitions.
– by Gloria Lieberman, for Skinner Auctions
Over the decades, Sculpture to Wear has been located on both the East & West coasts (Beverly Hills, Melrose Ave., Bergamot Station Art Center, Montana Ave., now Laguna Beach) but wherever it lands, it remains an institution for creatives and visionaries alike who create collectively and inspire, with the encouragement of collectors and art jewelry advocates. I opened my gallery with an exhibition called, Structural Integrity in Bergamot Station on Jan. 16th, 1999, ironically with a retrospective of Man Ray’s work by Robert Berman opening that same night. Even though we never met, my passion has been to honor the legacy that Joan launched, to keep her vision alive, as well as cultivating my own version of Sculpture To Wear. And to wear fabulous jewelry along the way!