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Form, Function, and Beauty: Design Variations in Metalwork from the Margo Grant Walsh Collection



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Form, Function, and Beauty: Design Variations in Metalwork from the Margo Grant Walsh Collection
New exhibition demonstrates the range of design in more than a century of metalwork from around the world


SAN FRANCISCO -- Successful design provides the great diversity of forms in nearly every object that surrounds us—from the clothes we wear and the cars we drive, to the buildings we inhabit and the furniture we use. The Margo Grant Walsh Collection of silver and metalwork demonstrates the tremendous artistry employed in the design and craftsmanship of functional housewares and jewelry. Bracelets, brooches, bowls, serving sets, and salt and pepper casters are among the objects represented in nearly every design style from the late nineteenth century to the present. They reveal artists working in the style of their period, borrowing from earlier traditions, and pioneering new styles of their own. Viewed together, these well-designed objects reflect the unity of function and beauty that comes from all corners of the world and spans several generations of artists.


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Form, Function, and Beauty: Design Variations in Metalwork from the Margo Grant Walsh Collection is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from June 23, 2012 to December 16, 2012. There is no charge to view the exhibition.


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