Innovative design by Chicago "brutalist" artist Richard Bitterman, circa 1970s. Made of steel and brass industrial scrap metal. The expressive pendant measures over 3" tall and is extremely solid and heavy. Signed "Richard Bitterman", and what looks like "198" on the front. Good condition with some corrosion.
Richard Bitterman is a self-taught Chicago artist. He was trained as a mechanical engineer at Chicago’s Institute of Design in the l950s, during the years of Maholy Nagy’s influence. His materials, non-precious brass, copper, and steel, came from the scrap barrels of his engineering clients.
His first jewelry client was the venerable Marshall Fields Department Store, in l970, which sold his unusual work for 11 years, even putting a necklace in a full page ad in the New Yorker, photographed by Victor Skrebneski. More information about Richard Bitterman is available upon request.