Attitude and Alchemy: The Metalwork of Gary Lee Noffke
- Author : Gary Lee Noffke
- Editor: Allie Farlowe
- Published by: The Mint Museum of Art
- 104 pages
- Accompanying Exhibition: Attitude and Alchemy: The Metalwork of Gary Lee Noffke Dates of Exhibition: 4/2/2011 - 9/11/2011
- About the Exhibition: Gary Lee Noffke has been described as “a pacesetter” and the “ultimate maverick.” For nearly 50 years, he has consistently and simultaneously created jewelry, hollowware, and flatware, passionately exploring surface, form, and function. Beginning in the 1970s, Noffke’s work gained national attention. A metalsmith’s metalsmith known for his graffiti-like surface treatment, Noffke challenged metalworking traditions with his expressive spontaneous approach and sense of humor. Over the course of his career, he has received numerous accolades particularly for his technical prowess, hot forging research, the development of numerous alloys, and his ability to embrace and challenge tradition. Attitude and Alchemy: The Metalwork of Gary Lee Noffke is the first museum-organized project about this consummate artist in almost 20 years. Dating from the 1960s to present day, the exhibition includes approximately 130 examples of his silver and gold hollowware, flatware, and jewelry in addition to a selection of objects forged in steel. This retrospective will not only capture Noffke’s distinctive personality, but also trace the evolution of his style, methodology, and impact on the field. From striking jewelry inspired by ancient aesthetics to exquisite goblets rich with surface decoration, these works will illustrate why Noffke is considered one of the foremost metalsmiths in the United States.