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A Chihuly installation that has been gifted to the Lowe Art Museum, where it will be displayed in 2018 after it is reconfigured by the artist's studio.

Thursday November 16, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

MUSEUMS: The Lowe to welcome a reworked Chihuly installation, a donation from the Andersons


In Spring 2018, the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami will unveil what it hopes will become its signature installation: Dale Chihuly’s Mosaic Persian. The piece was originally commissioned in 1998 for husband-and-wife art collectors Dale and Doug Anderson. Made up of 32 glass elements, the Chihuly Studio will be redesigning the assemblage for the Lowe, where it will have a "relaunch" in a new configuration, 20 years after its initial creation.…

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Installation view of "Synaptic Reverb," an exhibition of paintings by Jim Butler inspired by glass sculptures.

Thursday November 9, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

EXHIBITION: Jim Butler's New York solo painting show is all about his fascination with glass

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“Mercurial and fixed,” “familiar albeit fantastical.” Paradoxical terms such as these came up repeatedly in conversations with painter Jim Butler as he discussed his new "Synaptic Reverb" series on view at New York's Tibor de Nagy Gallery​​ through December 22, 2017. The five glass-inspired large-scale canvases were created over the past two years, and each represents a detailed investigation of the behavior of light passing through glass. The oil on canvas images will tempt you to reach out and touch their intricate detailing and labyrinthine extensions of the glass sculptures, testament to Butler's skill with a brush, but also his keen insights into the qualities that distinguish glass from any other medium.…

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Lino Tagliapietra, Fenice. Blown glass. courtesy: schantz galleries

Thursday November 2, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

OPENING: Tonight, SOFA Chicago kicks off a weekend of art from craft materials, with many events and exhibitors featuring glass

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The annual Sculptural Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair kicks off in Chicago’s Navy Pier tonight, November 2, 2017, with an invite-only two-hour preview from 5 - 7 PM, during which some of the best works will be snapped up. At 7 PM, the doors open to the general public, who will have been lining up to take part in the festivities surrounding the largest art fair dedicated to work in craft materials. Glass will figure prominently in this year's fair, with exhibitors from around the world displaying glass sculptural works, and events providing new insights into the field of collecting and curating. The Corning Museum of Glass Road Show will once again be in attendance, and the steady program of live glass demonstrations featuring prominent artists in the field is sure to keep the attention on the material throughout the three-day affair that ends Sunday at 6 PM.…

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Lou Lynn, Iron, 2017. Bronze, glass and steel. H 18, W 16, D 5 in. photo: ted clark

Wednesday October 25, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

EXHIBITION: Lou Lynn explores tools as extensions of the hand, touchstones connecting to the past

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Lou Lynn's latest exhibition, entitled "Envisioned/Revisioned," opened recently at the Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia. Running through January 7th, 2018, the exhibition features works drawn from three ongoing series: "Utensils," "Tools as Artifacts," and "Implements and Objects." The gallery's curator and artistic director George Harris collaborated with Lynn in selecting the final pieces, and in his curatorial statement, he describes the exhibit as “playful deception” through “juxtaposing versions of historically rooted objects alongside those of fabricated origin that nevertheless masquerade as real.”…

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Wednesday October 18, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

EXHIBITION: Site of historic 1962 workshop, the Toledo Museum of Art celebrates women in glass with "Fired Up" exhibit

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When Harvey Littleton held the first of his historic glass workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962, there were nine male participants, and only four female. Littleton would go on to start the first academic program in glass art and be heralded as the father of Studio Glass, while participant Norm Schulman would go on to found RISD's glass department. Much less recognition would go to the female participants in the workshop. Much has been written about the quest of 20th-century female artists to achieve equal recognition, but an exhibition now on view at the Toledo Museum of Art celebrates the impact and accomplishments of women glass artists since the early days of this once male-dominated field. An exhibition entitled "Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists," which was shown at the Mint Museum in North Carolina, opened at the site of the 1962 Toledo Workshops, where it will remain on view through March 18, 2018. …

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Wednesday October 11, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

BOOK REPORT: RISD celebrates a half century of its glass art program with publication of Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass

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As part of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the glass department at the Rhode Island School of Design, the institution is publishing a book that both documents the history of its influential program and is also itself a work of intellectual inquiry. Titled Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass, this book is an ambitious project authored by notable scholars and critics in the art world, many RISD alumni themselves. Their contributions not only serve as a commemoration, but stimulate inquiry and analysis in the way that the program itself encourages. The book will be released this month at a Seattle launch part at Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse on October 15th. It's a fitting location as Chihuly was RISD’s first full-time glass instructor, and has gone on to become perhaps the best-known artist working with the material. An East-Coast launch is scheduled at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City on November 13th.…

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Thursday September 28, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

OPENING: In Berlin exhibition, Julius Weiland challenges boundaries in a new approach to glass

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Julius Weiland will be debuting his new work in an exhibition entitled “Decoration and Deformation.” Opening on October 1st at 3 PM, it will remain on view through December 22nd. The show’s location played a role in the creation of the art; it will be held in a former country house built by Mies van der Rohe. …

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Thursday September 21, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

Chrysler curator Diane Wright to move to Toledo Museum of Art as new curator of glass in November

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The Toledo Museum of Art​ in Toledo, Ohio, has announced that Diane Wright will be the 116-year-old institution's new curator of glass, and will take over the position in November. The museum features a 74,000-square-foot glass pavilion, which houses a working glass studio as well as galleries showcasing over 5,000 pieces. The previous curator of glass, Jutta Annette Page, held the position for 13 years before she departed recently to take the helm of the newly built Barry Art Museum in Virginia​. which is not far from Norfolk, Virginia, where the Chrysler is located. …

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Wednesday September 20, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Canadian art center offers awards for emerging ceramic and glass artists


The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery prides itself in the exclusivity of their gallery’s exhibits and the opportunities they provide for emerging artists. They seek to challenge the definitions of art while supporting not only Canadian but international artists as well, providing them with exposure, education, and experience. Perhaps the most notable opportunities offered on behalf of the gallery are two annual awards — the Award for Glass and the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, each of which include a $10,000 prize.…

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