"Out of glass eyes, moose teeth, and old bones," The Saturday Evening Post wrote in 1955, "Sam Kramer of Greenwich Village creates jewelry that makes women scream—some with horror, some with delight." Originally trained as a journalist, Kramer studied jewelry making with glass artist Glen Lukens in California. He arrived in New York in 1939 and was one of the first modernist Village jewelers. His work is characterized by a highly individualistic interpretation of surrealism and biomorphicism and is often figural and sometimes highly charged with sexual imagery. Kramer's understanding and incorporation of trends from important movements in postwar modern art raised his jewelry making to a sophisticated level, and he is generally regarded as the most significant American modernist jeweler.
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