In Christina Bothwell's hands, glass is cast into mottled forms with pocked surfaces, rubbed with oil paint, and joined to ceramic elements distinguished by rough and cracked surfaces. This coarse treatment is a hallmark of the artist's sculptural vignettes, in which the material's translucence is diminished and its smooth perfection altered to create a sense of time's passage through signs of decay. Yet even with all this mediation, Bothwell knows that glass — especially in the subdued way she deploys it for its muted but still-radiant internal glow — is the best material with which to explore her central themes of transformation, interior worlds, and dreams.
Glass featured for the first time in the annual outdoor contemporary sculpture exhibition at a historic site in Stockbridge, Massachusetts;
Chrysler Museum benefactors donate their private glass collection to Old Dominion University as part of $35 million gift; Book Report: An impressive document of the work of Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace; the improbable success story of the Pittsburgh Glass Center as it turns 15; taking on new partners, a Montreal art dealer connects to a
younger generation; Andy Paiko wins Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award; The Corning Museum selects Anna Mlasowsky for its Specialty Glass artist residency
Carmen Vetter at Traver Gallery, Seattle; Australian artists in group exhibition at Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe; Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Christopher Taylor at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts; Christine Tarkowski at Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago.
Over 200 donors, artist, and friends attended the May 24, 2016 UrbanGlass gala honoring Calvin Klein Home creative director Amy Mellen and artist Rob Wynne for their contributions to the field.
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