E-Newsletter : Issue #038 August 2011

Kira by Lino Tagliapietra
20.5" x 16.75" x 8"

Sun Twist by Alex Bernstein
20" x 6.5" x 2.5"

Green Mosaic Vase by Dante Marioni
" high

Confetti Blast by Dale Chihuly
27″ x 35″

Reeds Before by Dale Chihuly
27″ x 35″

Fiesta Macchia by Dale Chihuly
10″ high x 11″ wide

August 2011

Holsten Galleries

Greetings. I hope you have all enjoyed the summer months and are well. Summer has been a busy time for Holsten Galleries with visits to many artists’ studios and the addition of lots of great new glass art. This month I am featuring new works by Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni and Alex Bernstein. In addition, I want to discuss in some detail Dale Chihuly’s Lithographs.  As always, I look forward to your questions and comments!

Kira by Lino Tagliapietra
This new piece by Lino Tagliapietra shows us once again the maestro’s virtuosity in handling many different techniques in a single piece of glass. The subtle coloring, the exquisite cane work and the extensive surface cutting combine to make a true masterpiece.

Sun Twist by Alex Bernstein
This new casting by Alex has tremendous depth and presence.  The subtle colors of nature are enhanced by the finely rendered surface etching.  I have the feeling of being drawn into the interior of the piece and at the same time drawn upward by the form.

Green Mosaic Vase by Dante Marioni
Dante’s “Mosaic Vase” series is one of my favorites. I love the perfectly executed form.  This shade of green is in stark contrast to the white spots and makes for a very dynamic piece. Most pieces in this series are 3 feet tall or even taller but this one is just under  30” in height.

Lithographs by Dale Chihuly
Glass sculptures by Chihuly have been exhibited throughout the world and are what most people know about the artist and his career.  Though less known for his two dimensional art, Dale is an extremely talented painter. His Drawings on paper have become quite well known in recent years and are included in many major museum collections.  Somewhat less known but equally impressive are Dale’s prints.  Dale has created Intaglio, Woodcuts, Drypoints and Lithographs. Of these different types of traditional printmaking methods, my favorite are the Lithographs.

Chihuly Lithographs are created in different ways, including drawing with tusche (greasy ink) onto stone or metal plates or by painting on sheets of mylar. One plate is required for each color desired in the final artwork. A six-color lithograph is run through the press six separate times.

Many of Chihuly’s Lithographs include painted handwork which is done after the printing process. Lithographs with handwork become unique work since the print itself has been directly drawn on. These are further enhanced when Dale signs them in paint.

I am including two Chihuly Lithographs with handwork here and many more can be seen on my Chihuly Prints page. “Confetti Blast” is a testament to Chihuly’s passion for color, texture and energy. “Reeds Before” shows a “Basket” with 7 layers of handwork which is revealed behind two colors of “Reeds.” This print refers to two of Dale’s glass series, the “Baskets” and the “Reeds.”

Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly
Finally, I am including an image of “Fiesta Macchia,” one of Chihuly’s 2011 Studio Editions. There are several other examples of these beautiful smaller-scale Chihuly works which you can view here.


As always, your comments and questions are most welcome!

Kenn Holsten


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