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Issue 91 | Summer

Editor's Letter

by Kate Hensler Fogarty

Representations of people in art date from as early as art itself. But recently many artists have chosen the medium of glass to go one step further: to portray the inner workings of both the human body and mind. Both its physical and symbolic properties make glass the ideal material for the task. Susanne Frantz, in an essay about her exhibition, "Behing the Looking Glass," argues that glass's contradictory nature enhances its anthropomorphic power: it is "simultaneously resilient and vulnerable . . . it can clarify, magnify, as well as distort."

Hourglass

by Edited by Eve M. Kahn

The people, events, exhibitions, and honors making news in the world of glass.

Reviews

Silvia Levenson and Maurizio Donzelli at Bullseye Connection, New York shows for Vladimira Klumpar and Jeff Chiplis, and three up-and-coming Montreal artists.

UrbanGlass News

Highlights from the 2003 Auction and Glassblowers Ball.

Reflection

In the last year of his life, Chinese artist Chen Zhen strove to create not merely conceptual exercises but life experiences.

Features

Decoding Brian Clarke's "Transillumination"

by Robert C. Morgan

Renowned for his large-scale stained-glass commissions, the British artist employs the intimacy of a gallery installation to explore more personal themes.

Lieve Van Stappen: Frozen Memories

by Eric Bookhardt

The Belgian artist's jarring yet delicate work seizes the physical and symbolic power of glass.

Personae: Dick Weiss's Self-Portraits

by Matthew Kangas

The Seattle artist has kept a diary for the past 20 years--in glass.

The Other Side of the Looking Glass

by Susanne K. Frantz

A new exhibition considers the relationship between the cold, inorganic substance of glass and the facts and intangibilities of life.

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.