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Friday October 2, 2020 | by Gabriella Sanderson

BOOK REPORT: Major art book publisher delivers 256-page monograph of Karen LaMonte's work

The first published monograph of the work of Karen LaMonte, a 256-page volume published by Rizzoli, presents LaMonte's hauntingly beautiful work in over 250 images. This lavish coffee-table book features essays by Arthur Danto, Brett Lipman, Laura Addison, Tina Oldknow, Steven A. Nash and Lucy R. Lippard, offering leading critical voices that place the work in a larger contemporary-art context. Lucy R. Lippard, an American writer, art critic, activist and curator, explores the female narrative in contemporary art in her essay.  Museum director Steven A. Nash and Brett Littman, the director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and the Garden Museum in Long Island City, provide a broader insight into LaMonte's extraordinary career. Arthur Danto, who teaches at Columbia University and writes for  Artforum, delivers an internationally-known critic's perspective. Curators Laura Addison(Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe) and Tina Oldknow (formerly with Corning, and now an independent curator) bring additional approaches to the analysis of LeMonte’s contemporary sculptures.

Karen LaMonte, Etude 4, 2015. Cast glass. © karen lamonte

After graduating from RISD in 1990, LaMonte began her career, moving to New York City and r on a Fulbright scholarship to work in Czech glass casting workshops and eventually settled down in her own studio. In 2007 she moved to Kyoto, Japan to study the textile industry of kimonos and their historical roots which are a common theme in her works. She has been awarded with many Artist in residence programs including the Corning Museum of Glass in 2018 and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, NEA, Creative Artists exchange Fellowship program in 2008. During an exclusive interview by Chelsea Liu in the Winter 2018-19 edition of Glass (#153), the artist discussed her Hunter Museum of American Art exhibition "Embodied Beauty" that took place in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The exhibition is a combination of two of her series: “Nocturnes” and “Floating World,” which share her ongoing fascination with the translucent forms of glass, capturing impermanence in the cast female form, and fascination with the traditional clothing of Ancient Greece, Rome, and Japan. LaMonte shares how she sets out “…to anthropomorphize the infinite.”

For more information, or to purchase the book, visit  the Rizzoli online bookstore.


Glass: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for more than 40 years.