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Lino Tagliapietra: Painting in Glass

"Porta con Finestra" panel detail - Photo credit: Russell Johnson photographer, Lino Tagliapietra Inc

What happens when the Maestro of the blown vessels chooses to work in two dimensions? The result is breathtaking: a glass panel that can be compared to a painting or a stained glass window, but upon closer inspection, you realize they are extraordinary works of art made of kiln-fused glass. The current exhibition, “Painting in Glass”, on view at the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, presents a diverse selection of Tagliapietra’s panels on view through July, 2017.

Campo dei FioriChicago, Genesis Evolution, Giuditta, and Porta con Finestra, are the titles the glass artist chose for his works: names that refer to Lino’s life, his experiences, and thoughts. Porta con Finestra relates to the beautiful Burano Island, Venice, with its vibrant colors and small, painterly windows. When Lino created Porta con Finestra, he said, “Burano is related with my past, it is the island where my parents were born.” Campo dei Fiori, inspired by textile design, suggests a field of flowers with an explosion of colors and movement that envelops the viewer. Genesis Evolution, with its deep blue background and sea-like abstractions references the artist’s life and his deep appreciation of the water that surrounds him in Murano:

“The Ocean inspired me in the creation of this work of art. Life comes from water and with water it lives. My whole life has always been connected to this fascinating element and its colors.” (Lino Tagliapietra)

The Maestro, considered as one of the best glassblowers in the world, has been adding panels to his creations: works that represent the artist’s zeal for experimentation and search. He has been working with glass since a very young age, and at the age of 82, he keeps moving and pushing the boundaries of the glass art towards new limits and directions, to always create new extraordinary masterpieces. Along with his sculptures, vessels, and installations, Lino’s panels are an iconic and vibrant series that further expand upon his mastery and connection with the material.

Lino Tagliapietra

Chicago Panel – Photo credit: Russell Johnson photographer, Lino Tagliapietra Inc

Tagliapietra has been dedicating his time and passion to these vibrant creations, culminate in a peerless outcome that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. We hope you have the opportunity to visit the exhibition!

The exhibition, PAINTING IN GLASS, was curated by Andrew Page and Elisabeth Agro. Andrew Page is the editor-in-chief of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, who works with art critics, museum curators, and practicing artists to put the most important work being done in glass into a critical context. Elisabeth Agro has served as Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art since June 2006. 

The opening reception will be on Thursday November 10th; the Maestro will be present. PAINTING IN GLASS will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through Friday July 16, 2017.