Donald Albrecht

David Webb:
Society’s Jeweler

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

This exhibition explored David Webb as a jewelry designer whose work was realized with technical mastery and who was viewed as a high-society figure whose clientele included Jacqueline Kennedy, Doris Duke, and Diana Vreeland. The exhibition brought together some 80 extraordinary examples of Webb jewelry: necklaces, rings, and other pieces rendered in hammered gold, jade, coral, enamel, and precious stones. In addition, the exhibition featured preparatory drawings and special displays that offered behind-the-scenes perspectives on the making of Webb jewelry. Artworks, photographs, publications, and advertisements situated Webb within the visual culture of the 1960s.

Mr. Albrecht developed the idea of the show, selected all artifacts, wrote exhibition text, and assembled the design team


Special featured segment on CBS Sunday Morning
March 2, 2014

Exhibition designers: Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder
Exhibition graphic designer: Hilary Jordan/Norton Museum of Art
Installation photographer: John Halpern

Donald Albrecht