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Issue 140 | Fall

Editor's Letter

by Andrew Page

The room-sized installations of Baptiste Debombourg, a French artist whose tableaus of glass wreckage are startling artifacts of violence, aren’t blood-spattered or gory, but they provide a kind of horror show of their own, albeit of a contemplative variety. Confronted with these immense large-scale works, one is offered the opportunity to reflect on wartime destruction and terrorist attacks, but also on the abstract but no less real violence against the environment, or simmering threats that seethe just below the surface. The works can be read as documents of history, or dystopian views of the consequences of our persistent inattention to a world out of balance.

Hourglass

A new glass museum to open in Prague; an interview with Tina Oldknow upon the announcement of her retirement from The Corning Museum; Tom Patti awarded the specialty glass residency at Corning; in memoriam: Michael Nourot (1949–2015)
 

Reviews

Group exhibition at the Bullseye Resource Center, Mamaroneck, New York; Erica Rosenfeld at Heller Gallery, New York City; group exhibition at Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia; Heike Brachlow at Traver Gallery, Seattle.
 

UrbanGlass News

Party pictures from the UrbanGlass 2015 Gala.
 

Reflection

by Mary Drach McInnes

Collaborative Practice in Glass
 

Features

Rupture and Repair

by Victoria Josslin

The large-scale shattered-glass installations of Baptiste Debombourg give physical form to the violent undercurrents of our turbulent era.
 

Creative Springs

by Andrew Page

With “Emanation,” a museum exhibit of work made at WheatonArts, Hank Adams brings 11 prominent contemporary artists to Millville, New Jersey, to celebrate creativity and redefine the organization’s profile in the art world.
 

Face First

Three decades worth of photos by American Craft Museum director emeritus Paul J. Smith are published in a new book that document s some of the biggest names in glass, at work and at play.
 

Virology

by Andrew Page

A conversation with Luke Jerram, who uses glass as one of many materials in an art practice that seeks to blend popular public spectacle with conceptual work.
 

Shared Intimacies

by William Ganis

Traversing functional design and fine-art sculpture, Ayala Serfaty builds luminescent objects on glass-rod skeletons while expressing a holistic connectedness to nature.
 

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 35 years.