Issue 105 | Winter

Editor's Letter

by Andrew Page

The Toledo Museum of Art's exquisite new Glass Pavilion is a seamless intersection of art and architecture. While the building may be on the forefront of glass technology and aesthetics at the start of a new century, it also connects to the museum's origins at the start of the previous century. The TMA was founded in 1901 by Edward Drummond Libbey, whose Libbey Glass Company was prospering, thanks in part to Toledo's proximity to railroads and steamship lines. Libbey's hand-cut glassware had better distribution than the competition back East. Midwest industry was ascendant, and some of its more enlightened captains believed they had a duty to improve the lives of their employees and fellow citizens. 


Jeff Zimmerman's explosive Steuben design line; Max Jacquard wins the 2006 British Glass Biennale award; Museum Kunst Palast unveils an expanded glass gallery; Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain takes the richest prize in glass; considering Finnish stained glass; Josiah McElheny wins a MacArthur Fellowship; a perfume bottle--and scent-- by Louis Comfort Tiffany's great grandson. 


Dan Dailey at Leo Kaplan Modern, New York; Hakan Blomqvist and Karin Westman at the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle; Sean Albert at William Traver, Seattle; Tanja Pak's public art installation in Ljublijana, Slovenia; Charles Hargraves at Material Matters, Toronto; Steve Weinberg at Marx-Saunders, Chicago. 

UrbanGlass News

Upcoming exhibitions at the Robert Lehman Gallery, New York; Tiffany's Beth. Canavan joins UrganGlass' board of directors.


by William Warmus

The enduring power of books in an ephemeral digital age.


Light Box

by Marsha Miro

The Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art is nothing less than an attempt to create a new architcture of air and light.

Body (a)Part

by Robert C. Morgan

In the exhibition "A Gathering,"  currently at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Kiki Smith uses glass, among other media, to create a detached intensity that amplifies the power of her ideas. 

The Idea of North

by Donald Brackett

How Canadian glass reflects the untamed landscape

The Passion of Italo

by John Drury

In his exhuberant embrace of art and life, Italo Scanga (1932-2001) inspires artists working in glass to look beyond the material, helping the Studio Glass movement mature.

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.