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For the New York Glamerrati

For the New York Glamerrati

Magnus at the Lyons Weir Ortt Gallery, 175 Seventh Ave.

Here is the press release…

The gleam of pure silver meets the punch of pop art in a groundbreaking exhibition opening February 13 through March 15. Curated by Michael Lyons Wier, this exhibition combines the bold, iconoclastic vision ofNew York painter Matt Straub who takes on the American West with the visceral art-to-wear of eleven of the nations’ finest Western belt buckle makers.

The art of the buckle is one of the few bridges between the world of the cowboy, the art of the graphic designer, and the heritage of the European tradition of engraving, mastered by a select few silversmiths who are making award-winning, museum quality pieces. From diverse imagery like Longhorns, broncos, chieftains, and other portent Western icons, to the highly customized shapes and styles of the individual craftsmen, each with his unique signature calligraphy and stamp, these buckles speak volumes. It has been said that, “the trophy buckle is the billboard of the American West.”

From Hollywood celebrities to rodeo queens, from rockers to country music kings, the buckle is the undisputed accessory. Among the invited artists’ clients are Ralph Lauren, Manuel, Prince Charles, Princes William & Harry, Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Tommy Lee Jones, Renee Zellweger, Val Kilmer, The Texas Rangers, Ann Richards, Garth Brooks, the Working Ranch Cowboy Association, Brooks and Dunn, Dwight Yoakum, Britney Spears, Brooke Shields, Donald Judd, and other discerning collectors. Works on display will include ranger sets (buckles, tips and keepers) and trophy buckles in cast, chased and engraved silver, many with inlay, precious stones, pierced, scrolled and filigreed surfaces, and overlays of precious metals.

Exhibiting together for the first time ever under one roof, Master buckle makers include:

Clint Mortenson (New Mexico)
Clint Orms (Texas)
Comstock Heritage (Nevada)
Doug Magnus (New Mexico)
Gist Silversmiths (California)
Justin Walker (Texas)
Matt Hackett (Texas)
Scott Hardy (Canada)
Silver King (California)
Tom Paul Schneider (Arizona)
Vogt Silversmiths (California)