HOLSTEN GLASS NEWS
Publisher: Kenn Holsten
In This Issue
Autumn in the Berkshires
Autumn is a great time to visit the Berkshires! There is still great theater at Berkshire Theater Festival, Shakespeare and Company, and the Great Barrington Stage Company.
The gallery recently expanded both its space and the number of artists represented. Notably we have added the works of Jon Kuhn, Bertil Vallien, and Martin Blank to an already stellar list of artists. Many of our visitors are saying that the gallery has never looked better and that the selection of glass art is the best yet. We agree!
We certainly hope that your fall plans include a visit to the Berkshires!
Quote of the Month
Artist of the Month:
Martin Blank is fast emerging as one of North America’s premiere figurative sculptors with a style quintessentially his own. Blank’s work is on display in galleries throughout the United States, and is featured in international exhibitions including the Millennium Museum in Beijing, China, the Shanghai Museum of Fine Art and the American Embassy in Slovakia. In 2001 he created the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation "Access to Learning Award" for recipients in Finland, Argentina and Guatemala. Recently, Blank was among a group of America’s most renowned glass artists invited to make presentations to create public art for the new World Trade Center Building in New York City.
Blank graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1984 with a B.F.A. in Glass, and went on to work with many glass artists, including Dale Chihuly. He now owns and operates his own hot shop, Martin Blank Studios, in Seattle, Washington
FALL GROUP EXHIBITION
SOFA Chicago 2007
PALM BEACH 3
Museum and Other Exhibitions
May 26 – October 8 2007
DALE CHIHULY at RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL of DESIGN
The Chase Center will provide a 43,000 square foot expansion to the RISD Museum, one of the region’s premier art museums, and creates new exhibit space intended for blockbuster art displays.
Chihuly has not told the Museum exactly what he plans, but is shipping, on four tractor trailors, 22,000 pieces of glass from the west coast, according to museum director Hope Alswang.
"When asked what I wanted, I said I want it to be really, really, magical," she said. "And he laughed and said, ‘You know, everything I do is magical’".
A complimentary exhibit will feature work by other glass artists who are alumni of the art and design school.
An opening ceremony is scheduled for September 27, 2008.
The Chase Center was designed by Spanish Architect Rafael Moneo, whose other works include a new extension at the Prado Museum in Madrid and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles." – From www.examiner.com
DOROTHY HAFNER and KAIT RHOADS
STEPHEN ROLPHE POWELL
Powell has garnered substantial acclaim for his artwork. In addition to being selected as one of Kentucky’s top twenty artists of the twentieth century, he has demonstrated his glassblowing techniques at the Salt Lake City Olympics and was selected as one of eight American artists to display their work in the 1998 Venezia Aperto Vetro exhibit in Venice. Stephen Rolfe Powell: Glassmaker documents Powell’s work from the beginning to the present, leading readers on an polychromatic odyssey into Powell’s life and career.
Stephen Rolfe Powell is a professor at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he runs the glass program.
LINO TAGLIAPIETRA at the MUSEUM of GLASS
STEVEN WEINBERG at Liuli China Museum
"Weinberg has held over 200 exhibitions all over the world. 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. The artist has created some of the most precise and compelling cast glass sculptures on the contemporary art scene. Lauded for his exceptional command of the rigorous and unforgiving medium of glass and crystal, his technical achievement offers the viewers interesting optical experiences which have been known to stump the mind. Weinberg has built successful practices in the use of cast glass, and has personally invented and designed techniques which are widely used today in studios and universities worldwide. This American artist has been participating in a full fledged Journey to China; with numerous trips to our Far East neighbor. In both 1995 and 2001, Weinberg was invited by China’s famed glass art couple, Loretta Hui-Shan Yang and Chang Yi to take part of the International Contemporary Glass Exhibition in Taipei, Beijing, and Shanghai. Weinberg now finds himself creating works based off his travels throughout China; the first of which, his ‘Heaven and Earth’ series, each symbolizing a Buddhist Mandala with the Chinese symbol of earth precisely cut into its center. Weinberg’s Journey continues with the introduction of China’s first internationally acclaimed glass master Loretta Hui-Shan Yang onto New York’s contemporary art scene. Located in the metropolitan centre of Shanghai, neighboring the new development Xintiandi, Liuli China Museum is the first to open China to the world’s contemporary glass art. ‘Liuli,’ which twenty years ago was only an archaic word, has been brought back into modern day China to describe what we know as ‘ glass art’ by the aforementioned Chang and Yang. In order to protect the revival of ‘Liuli’ in China, the unwavering couple founded and built China’s only Liuli museum, solely dedicated to the worldwide exchange of glass art culture. Liuli China is the home of some of China’s oldest glass artifacts and a collection of contemporary glass works from the best artists of the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Czech Republic and China. Yang, Chang, and Weinberg, three worldwide pioneers of glass art, are long time friends who appreciate each other contribution to Liuli, Yang and Chang are honored to invite Weinberg to return to China for ‘Journey – The Dream Boat’."