E-Newsletter : Issue #008 Winter in the Berkshires



Publisher: Kenn Holsten
A free monthly e-newsletter from
Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge MA
Issue #8 – November/December 2003


In This Issue

Winter in the Berkshires

As of this writing, Stockbridge has just received nearly two feet of snow. Winter is a wonderful time to visit the Berkshires, especially if you enjoy cross-country or downhill skiing. Accommodations are plentiful and often less expensive than during the summer Tanglewood season and restaurant reservations are often not necessary. The gallery is open 7 days a week from 11:00-5:00 and we look forward to seeing many of you this winter.


New Article on Holsten Galleries

The current edition of “American Style” magazine features an article about the gallery. The format of the article is an interview with Kenn Holsten on the occasion of our 25th Anniversary. This article is viewable at American Style and will be reproduced on our website at a future date.


Quote of the Month

“All his work is related to one central vision, one coherent, articulate, intelligent and riotously colorful outpouring of sculptural feeling. He has created a brilliant personal universal system … His vocabulary has been fairly consistent … but the permutations of that vocabulary become vast and forever fresh”
Dan Klein, “Joie de Vivre,” introduction to catalog of Marvin Lipofsky retrospective “An Odyssey of Glass” at the Oakland Museum of California, 2003.


Artist of the Month:
Marvin Lipofsky

2003 has been a banner year for Marvin Liposky. His retrospective exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California, “An Odyssey of Glass,” has cemented his position as one of a handful of contemporary glass artists who can truly be called the fathers of the studio glass movement. He has a cover article in the current issue of “American Craft” magazine and will have another feature article in an upcoming issue of “Sculpture” magazine.

Marvin is truly one of the pioneers of the studio glass movement. He was in the very first class of Professor Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin, nearly 40 years ago. He is responsible for founding glass programs at the California College of Arts and Crafts and at the University of California, Berkeley. Many well known glass artists today were once his students.

Marvin is well known for his travels abroad, where he has created series of work in studios and factories in many countries, including Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, China and Germany. His formula of blowing his sculptural pieces abroad or in other studios in the U.S. and then finishing them in his Berkeley studio makes him unique among glass artists (although other artists such as Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra occasionally do the same thing).

For a more detailed discussion of the creation of Lipofsky’s work, please refer to the introductory article to Marvin’s retrospective exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California, written by Dan Klein.

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Staff Pick of the Month:

“IGS VII #5” by Marvin Lipofsky
(Note: IGS is short for International Glass Symposium, which takes place every three years in Novy Bor, Czech Republic. The roman numeral VII refers to the fact that this is the 7th series of work Marvin has created at that conference).

It was difficult to single out any one particular piece of Marvin’s as our staff pick. Here are our reasons for choosing this one:

“IGS VII #5 is a great example of Liposky’s newest series. Of all his series created at the International Glass Symposium in the Czech Republic, this was perhaps the most daring in terms of color”

“In this piece Lipofsky has created an invitation for us: to follow this work’s nuances as it opens and folds into itself, brilliant colors glowing. Every angle of this piece has delightful, surprising interest and intrigue.”

“This piece is an excellent example of the series we premiered this year at SOFA-New York. The colors are exuberantly beautiful and the open form is both organic and sensuous. It can be viewed from many angles, each view offering subtle but important nuances of appreciation.”



Upcoming Events:

January-March: Group show of gallery artists including Dale Chihuly, Dorothy Hafner, Sidney Hutter, Marvin Lipofsky, Dante Marioni, William Morris, Stephen Powell, Chrsitopher Ries, Lino Tagliapietra, Lisabeth Sterling and Steven Weinberg.

January 8-13, 2004: PALM BEACH CONTEMPORARY SHOW: Holsten Galleries will present a one-person show of new works by glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra, including a new “Masai” wall installation. Many of the works are viewable here. Catalog available upon request.

April: Catalog of William Morris works available exclusively through Holsten Galleries.

June 2-6: SOFA-NEW YORK: Holsten Galleries will present three one-person exhibitions: Dante Marioni, Stephen Powell and Martin Rosol.

June-August: 2004 Stockbridge Glass Invitational Exhibition (30 artists)

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We Are Here to Serve You

At Holsten Galleries, we pride ourselves in the personalized service we offer collectors around the world. No matter what your level of expertise, we can provide you with whatever information you need to make informed choices.

The best way to work with us is to give us a call, please see the Contact Us page using the link above.

You can also email us at the Contact page using the link above,

We look forward to working with you.


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