The Arkansas Arts Center is pleased announce the recent acquisition of Neckpiece (Untitled) by Attai Chen. In his elaborately crafted jewelry, Chen combines twigs, toy parts, repurposed plastic, metal and paper that have been drawn on with graphite or painted with pigment, glass color or nail varnish, to fashion assemblages that explore themes of gestation, growth and decay.
Born in Jerusalem, Chen attended the Bezalel School of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and earned his graduate degree from the Akademie der Bildenden Künst, in Munich, Germany, where he currently lives and works. In 2010, Chen won the Herbert Hofmann Prize at Schmuck, Munich, and in 2011 the Oberbayerischer Prize for Applied Art. In 2014, Chen received The Andrea M. Bronfman Prize for Contemporary Crafts (“The Andy Prize”), which is awarded annually to an Israeli decorative artist for excellence in ceramics, jewelry, textile, glass or fashion. Receipt of The Andy Prize resulted in a subsequent solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2014). His work may be found in numerous private and institutional collections, including the Arkansas Arts Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and Die Neue Sammlung (Munich, Germany), among others.
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