The Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, will present the exhibit, Attitude and Alchemy: The Metalwork of Gary Lee Noffke, on view in the Gorelick Gallery, from Apr. 2 through Sept. 11, 2011.

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 124 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.

The Mint Museum Uptown is also showing the exhibit, New Visions: Contemporary Masterworks from the Bank of America Collection, on view through Apr. 17, 2011. The Mint Museum and Bank of America will collaborate to present an exhibition comprising over 60 works from the bank’s Art Collection. Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest corporate art collections, the Bank of America Collection is noted for its high quality, stylistic diversity, historical depth and attention to regional identity, featuring works by Milton Avery, Jennifer Bartlett, Roger Brown, John Chamberlain, Janet Fish, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, John Marin, Elizabeth Murray, Louise Nevelson, Jules Olitski, Edward Ruscha, Miriam Schapiro and Frank Stella, among others.

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