E-Newsletter : Issue #005 Steven Weinberg


Publisher: Kenn Holsten
A free monthly e-newsletter from
Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge MA
Issue #5 – February/March 2003


In This Issue

Quote of the Month

"I have spent my life as an explorer, searching for new ways to use glass and glassblowing. Glass is the most magical of all materials. To this day, I have never gotten over the excitement of molten glass."
Dale Chihuly


Spring and Summer ARE Coming!

With three feet of snow on the ground, it is hard to believe
that spring and summer are truly coming. Although hints of
this notion are not obvious from nature, we know it is true
because we are busy designing summer advertisements, lining up
our exhibitions, preparing for SOFA-NY in late May and
curating a summer glass exhibition at the Berkshire Museum.
We are also preparing to go down to Florida for the ART FORM
exhibtion March 6-11 where we will feature three one-person
shows (Dante Marioni, Christopher Ries and Lino Tagliapietra).
Please call us for free passes to the show or check the works
out on our website.


2003 CHIHULY Studio Editions:
Save 10% Plus No Shipping Charges

Four new studio editions by Dale Chihuly have just arrived and
they are the most spectacular ones to date! These unique
editions are usually not released until May l, but Chihuly has
made a limited number of them available to us now.

For this initial shipment of these studio editions, we are
offering a 10% discount off of the retail and free shipping (a
$100 value). We will also include a Chihuly book on the
series and a plexiglass display vitrine. A few of the 2002
and earlier editions are still available and will go up in
price on April 1.

The following prices are retail. You may deduct 10% from these prices.
“Paradise Persian,” $3000.
“Bonfire Baskets,” $4000.
“Radiant Persian Pair,” $4000.
“Moroccan Macchia Pair,” $6000.


Trip To Seattle

We recently spent a couple of days in Seattle visiting the new
Tacoma Glass Musuem and Bridge of Glass, and the studios of
several of our artists including Chihuly and Dante Marioni.
We recommed a visit to the new Museum next time you find
yourselves in the Seattle area!



This exciting group glass exhibition at the Norton Museum of
Art in West Palm Beach, FL opened January 26 and runs through
March 23. The show is curated by William Warmus and there is a
handsome catalog/book which is available for purchase. Major
installations by Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra are
included in the exhibition and daily glassblowing
demonstrations are part of the admission cost. For further
information call the Norton at 561-832-5196.

Tagliapietra’s “Samba do Brasil,” which is in the exhibition,
is available through our gallery. See this piece on Lino’s installation page on our website.


Artist of the Month:
Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg is an inventor, a visionary, a philosopher, an
artist. His glass sculptures are contemplations of form,
function, and metaphorical meaning. They bring us back to a
way of being in which introspection feels natural; where the
tools created to help us in our daily life are meant to be
savored for their aesthetics as well as their usefulness.

He was among the first Americans to explore the use of glass
as a non-utilitarian medium, reflecting more solid objects
seen in Bohemia in the mid 20th century. Weinberg was also a
forerunner in the U.S. in the use of cast glass, inventing and
designing techniques and equipment used widely by glass
artists today.

In a recent article in the Australian journal, “Craft Arts
Internal,” Geoff Wichert said this about Weinberg’s “Boat”

“The relationship of boats to water is naturally antagonistic,
yet boats are creatures of water, formed in every measure in
response to it. They carry their human cargoes in peril in an
otherwise inaccessible realm. Weinberg’s boats open up this
logical incongruity by abstracting the material qualities of
water… Weinberg may be the closest thing in glass to a
magic realist. His depictions always have what Jorge Luis
Borges called, “that measure of irrealism indispensable in

His work is represented internationally in the permanent
collections of over thirty major museums, including the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Musee des Art
Decoratif, Palais du Louvre in Paris, and The Victoria and
Albert Museum in London.

Visit the Steven Weinberg section on our website to see many beautiful works currently available at the gallery.

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Staff Pick of the Month:

“Pease Ledge Boat” by Steven Weinberg

To view this piece, click here.

We all believe that the current “Boat” series by Steven
Weinberg is among his best works ever and our staff pick is
certainly one of the best examples of this series that we have
seen. Here are our reasons for choosing this piece:

"‘Pease Ledge Boat’ represents the culmination of the ‘Boat’ series that Steve Weinberg has been working on for the past several years. I enjoy the luminosity of the blue color and the lightness and transparency of the glass. This piece represents the perfection of the series."

"Warm sun sparkling on the tips of gentle waves, lapping
against the shore, blessed with a slight summer breeze: this
is an image evoked by Weinberg’s ‘Pease Ledge Boat.’ It is a
masterpiece in cast, cut, optical glass; clear, swirling
cobalt with sea green, silver leaf and a hint of gold,
embodying the depth, mystery, and joy of water."

"I have always loved the carefully placed bubbles in
Weinberg’s work and the subtle trails from the bubbles down to
the bottom layers of the piece. In this piece, there is a
quiet, still energy, like that at the bottom of the sea, and the
bubbles just hang there in suspended animation. The shade of
blue is also breathtaking.

To view this piece, click here.


Upcoming Events:

“Fire and Form,” group glass exhibition
at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, curated by
William Warmus. Daily glassblowing demonstrations by Corning
Museum of Glass traveling hot shop glass workers plus guest
artists. For further information call the Norton at

March 6-11: ART FORM exhibition in West Palm Beach, FL.
Holsten Galleries will present three one-person shows by Dante
Marioni, Christopher Ries and Lino Tagliapietra.
Complimentary passes available upon request.

March 15-May 15: Spring Group Glass Exhibition at our gallery:
Dale Chihuly, Sidney Hutter, Dante Marioni, William Morris,
Thomas Patti, Christopher Ries, Lino Tagliapietra and Steven
Weinberg. Catalog available upon request.

May: Installation in our gallery of two new Chandeliers by
Dale Chihuly.

May 30-June 2: SOFA-NEW YORK (Park Avenue Armory): Holsten
Galleries will present three one-person shows by Latchezar Boyadjiev, Marvin Lipofsky and Martin Rosol.

May 18-August 30: “Masters of Contemporary Glass,” Berkshire
Museum, Pittsfield, MA (curated by Holsten Galleries).

June 14-August 24: “Myth, Object, and the Animal,” Installations by William Morris. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield,

June-August: Stockbridge Glass Invitational (25 leading artists).

July 11-13: Glass Lovers’ Weekend, Contemporary Glass Center of American (CGCA), Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ. Biennial glass symposium and exhibition. Holsten Galleries wil present
two one-person shows of Christopher Ries and Lino Tagliapietra. For further information call CGCA at 856-825-6800.

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