ART AND JEWELS: Like jewelry lovers, art collectors like to rotate their art. So it was only fitting that while prepping the Sidney Garber jewelry store for its Art Institute of Chicago’s Auxiliary Board cocktail fete Wednesday evening, Brooke Garber Neidich brought in 15 pieces from her personal art collection to dress the walls above the jewelry cases.
However, the works, which range from Pat Steir’s “Waterfall Monoprints,” to Michael Brown’s “Ticks,” are staying at the Gold Coast store.
“I moved a lot of art in here. It seemed like a natural fit,” said Garber Neidich, a co-chairman of the Whitney Museum, who’s been collecting art for about 25 years.
The jewelry designer, who took over the brand her father, Sidney, created in 1946, in 2008, says art inspires her jewelry design, albeit indirectly. “There are certain things. For instance, there’s a spareness to Steffi Klenz and there’s a certain spareness to my work,” said Garber Neidich, who personally picked and purchased each piece of art in the 2,000 square foot store. “At the same time, I layer. If you look at the layering in the [Matthew] Ritchies and how it keeps going and going, that feels more inspirational.”
The designer, whose jewelry retails from $2,000 to $200,000 and sells at Barneys New York, Net-A-Porter and The Row (the Olsen twins jokingly refer to her as their New York mom), says her approach toward design does not follow trends. “I don’t think of jewelry as seasonal. There are times you get tired of something and put it in a drawer and then it has a whole rebirth,” she said. “Like these round necklaces. We made these in the Seventies. My daughter was wearing mine, which I hadn’t worn forever and I looked at it in a fresh way. Then, fell in love with them allover again.”