Daniel Kruger


silver and pigment
14 x 3 3/4 inches

South African artist Daniel Kruger is well-known for wearable adornment that is both contemporary in its aesthetic and historically literate, often combining unexpected techniques and materials and always beautifully crafted. This patinated silver work displays different graphic patterns in its three medalions, yet a clever visual interplay links the separate components. The subtle relationship between the size and depth of the three elements and the space between the bands that divide each oval is additionally activated when the piece is worn and the wearer’s clothes introduce color and texture into the work. Kruger is a professor at the University for Art and Design in Halle, Germany. He received the prestigious Herbert Hofmann prize in 1987 and again in 2005, and his work is represented in private and public collections, including the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; the MFA Houston; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.