35 Years of Collecting with The Smiling Lady Who Once Surprised Warhol - Suzanne Syz

Art Announcement from Switzerland. Published by ArtAndOnly - Platform for Art Collectors on Friday 22 July 2016.

35 Years of Collecting with The Smiling Lady Who Once Surprised Warhol - Suzanne Syz image 35 Years of Collecting with The Smiling Lady Who Once Surprised Warhol - Suzanne Syz image 35 Years of Collecting with The Smiling Lady Who Once Surprised Warhol - Suzanne Syz image

ArtAndOnly recently had the pleasure of talking with renowned jewelry designer Suzanne Syz. Known for her unconventional designs, material expertise, technical knowledge and artistry, Syz’s creations are highly sought-after worldwide. In the 1980’s Syz was living in New York City and a member of the inner circle of artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente and Jeff Koons. The “nearness” of these artists had a significant impact on both her approach to creating one-of-a-kind jewelry but also in building an incredible collection of modern and contemporary art over 35 years.

We know that you are yourself a gifted jewelry designer. Do you get your inspiration for your pieces from the works in your collection?
Most of the time I’m inspired by the art, not necessary pieces that are in our collection but as it is my passion, it naturally influences my designs.

How long have you been collecting Contemporary Art and was there a specific event which pushed you to start collecting?
We started to collect 35 years ago when we were leaving in NYC in the early 80’s. The art scene at that time was so amazing and we were lucky to be introduced to some very talented Artists through Bruno Bischofberger who was a close friend. I believe we decided to collect instinctively. We bought pieces that we liked without thinking about a collection. It is later that we decided to structure it as a collection and choose pieces that would make sense with the rest of the pieces.

“The Smiling Lady Who Once Surprised Warhol” – can you please tell us about your encounter with Andy Warhol?
When we met Andy in the early 80’s with Bruno Bischofberger, he was already a well-known artist. I had just given birth to my first son, Marc and with Eric (my husband), we decided to have a portrait done of myself and Marc. I went to the Factory to get the polaroid done and 3 weeks later got a phone call from Andy to let me know the painting was ready…

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