E-Newsletter : Issue #001 Lino Tagliapietra



Publisher: Kenn Holsten
A free monthly e-newsletter from
Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge MA
Issue #1 – June, 2002


In This Issue

Quote of the Month

“Lino Tagliapietra is perhaps the world’s greatest living glassblower.”
Dale Chihuly


A Word from Kenn Holsten

When some of you suggested an electronic newsletter or e-zine, it seemed like such a good idea that we wondered why it hadn’t occurred to us earlier. We often hear you (our collectors) ask for more information on our artists, glassmaking techniques, publications on glass, museum shows, etc. The purpose of this e-newsletter is to provide just this sort of information on a monthly basis.

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Artist of the Month:
Lino Tagliapietra
By Kenn Holsten

Many of you have met the Italian glass maestro, Lino Tagliapietra, and will remember his warm, open smile and his gentle manner. But did you know that he is also an awesome cook, a gourmand and a connoisseur of fine wines? I have had the good fortune to partake of a Lino Tagliapietra-prepared meal and enjoyed many long conversations with Lino Tagliapietra about his favorite conversational topic: not glass, but food!

Lino Tagliapietra will be 68 this year and began blowing glass in his native Murano at the age of 12. By the age of 21 he had earned the title of “maestro.” He first came to the U.S. in 1979, at the invitation of Dale Chihuly, to teach at Pilchuck School in Seattle. Thus began Lino Tagliapietra’s sharing of his centuries-old technical knowledge with American glass artists.

At first Lino Tagliapietra was satisfied to collaborate with Chihuly, Dan Dailey and other American artists, but before long he began to be recognized for his own unique works of art. Today he is one of the most sought after glass artists in the world.

Lino Tagliapietra says this about his experience in the U.S.: “America most helped me in a philosophical way. I went from being a professional to an artist. But the things inside me were always inside me.”

Visit the Lino Tagliapietra page on our website to see many beautiful works currently available at the gallery.

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Guest Essay:

Dale Chihuly and the Intensification of Art
by William Warmus
(First published in our Chihuly catalogue
for SOFA-Chicago,

What is Dale Chihuly trying to accomplish as an artist? His work is not there to amuse, or to provide ornamentation. Chihuly is an intense person whose exhibitions have become so popular that they at times verge on inciting an art riot. Perhaps that is what Chihuly is all about: the intensification of art and of the experience of art.

Glass is the perfect medium for an artist driven to capture intensity, which is all about strength, and amplification, and escalation. Despite its fragility, glass is strong in the awesome way a volcano is strong: the sheer physical power of the volcano is evident as it erupts with lava, which is natural glass. Molten glass cradled in the furnace is essentially lava under temporary control, and that pool of molten red hot stuff challenges the artist to build the muscles and develop the skills necessary to keep the glass under control without breaking its spirit.

Perhaps the greatest examples of Chihulyian escalation are his Chandeliers and Towers, made from hundreds or even thousands of individual blown components anchored into stainless steel armatures that are themselves wonderfully intricate monuments to welder’s art. From one point of view, these are color field sculptures of great beauty. But they are also symbols of restless, unbridled growth. Traditional chandeliers have been defined by the needs to wire the arms to receive light bulbs. Freed of the strangling vines of electrical cables, Chihuly’s Chandeliers are art.

Continuous escalation leads to gigantism and collapse. Chihuly ‘s genius has been to establish a rhythm to his approach. Like the ocean tides, his art waxes and wanes in scale. From the grand and intricate chandeliers he moves freely to the intimately scaled Piccolo Venetians, Seaforms and Basket sets. Chihuly delights in the large and the small reminding us that intensification can mean miniaturization, where broad and sweeping artistic effects are distilled and made precious.

Such a bold approach to art benefits from a striking display, and it was the particular genius of Holsten Galleries, which has represented Chihuly since 1981, to create an environment for the artist’s work at the end of the long central promenade of Sofa Chicago, in a position where it would become the focal point for the exposition. Five years ago they first showcased Chihuly’s architectural scale installations, premiering his wall Sconces as well as a Tower. The tradition continues in 2001. Chihuly and Holsten join forces to welcome all who love art for its intensity and ability to focus our passions.

Warmus is the author of The Essential Dale Chihuly (Abrams), former curator of the Corning Museum of Glass and a contributing editor of Glass magazine. He is also a lecturer and appraiser of glass art.

Visit the Chihuly section of the Holsten Galleries site.

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Summer in the Berkshires

Many of you have visited our lovely area and do so on a regular basis. If you are not familiar with Western Massachusetts, the Berkshire hills are a treasure trove of summer cultural venues: Tanglewood Music Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance festival, Shakespeare and Company, Berkshire Theater Festival and Berkshire Opera to name but a few. Add to this our cool summer weather, abundant lakes, the Norman Rockwell Museum, great restaurants and hotels, and you have more than enough good reasons to visit the Berkshires this summer.

Come see us in the Berkshires!


Gallery News

>>> On Our Website:

ARCHITECTURAL INSTALLATIONS focuses on large scale glass installations by several of our artists, including Dale Chihuly, Tom Patti and Lino Tagliapietra.

GLASS RESOURCES provides links to museums with significant glass collections, schools and colleges with glass programs, glass publications, organizations for glass collectors and enthusiasts, and art appraisers who specialize in contemporary glass.

The 2002 Chihuly Studio Editions have just come out. We are offering a 10% discount and free shipping to our customers.

>>> At Our Gallery in Stockbridge, MA

We have just completed an exciting new space in the gallery for exhibiting small scale works and prepared a wall upstairs for our beautiful new installation by Lino Tagliapietra.



May-30-June 3: Visit our booth at SOFA-NEW YORK. Holsten Galleries will present two one-person exhibitions featuring new works by Dante Marioni (who is giving a slide lecture) and Christopher Ries.

June-August: 20TH ANNUAL STOCKBRIDGE GLASS INVITATIONAL — 25 glass artists including Robin Grebe, Sidney Hutter, Marvin Lipofsky, William Morris, Tom Patti and Steven Weinberg (works by all of these artists are viewable on our website)

June: RECENT WORKS BY LINO TAGLIAPIETRA — over 30 new works plus a wall installation

July: NEW WORKS BY DALE CHIHULY–Persians, Seaforms, Baskets and two Chandeliers

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