When: Public Opening Saturday, May 14, 2016
Where: Schantz Galleries: ProjectSpace-Boston is located at 211 Newbury Street, Boston.
If you put the chunk of avventurine glass in a solid form on the table, you can see it is a beautiful piece of glass – a beautiful material… then to transform this beautiful material into a sculpture is sometimes more challenging – not only because of the difficulty of working with the material technically, but because it is so beautiful by itself. That is why it is difficult to approach.
This month, Schantz Galleries will be presenting an exhibition of works by Lino Tagliapietra, which incorporate the beautiful gold-like avventurine glass. Avventurine is a challenging material to work with, so these newest works are the result of the past years investigation on how to use larger quantities of precious material. Blown or fused glass in the hands of Maestro Tagliapietra, convey his remarkable technical ability and communicate the expressive aesthetic of the artist; a light, intelligent and sublime presence. Maestro Tagliapietra will be present at the public opening of the exhibition, Saturday, May 14 from 4-6pm.
Regarded internationally as the best glass blower in the world by his peers, and truly an inventive artist, Lino Tagliapietra is not one to rest on his past accomplishments. Celebrating 70 years of working with glass, he continues to be inspired to work on new concepts and designs. Tagliapietra has written that he is “…totally open. I think that what I like to do the most is research. I don’t want to represent Venetian technique only—even though I was born with it and it is possible to recognize it in my work. Your style is what you are.” He moves fluidly around the globe, incorporating nuance and inspiration from each place visited into a style that is uniquely his, never compromised but always enhanced. His generous spirit and gentle nature make him a true visionary, for whom a single color, a simple landscape, or a chance encounter inspires a masterpiece in glass.
Not limiting himself to only blown glass forms, the artist’s passion for his art has driven him to create large scale fused glass panels, using various forms of his own hand pulled canes, murrini, rondelle and glass pellets. Varying in size, some of the one to two inch thick panels’ measure up to eight feet tall when in the steel stand used to display the work. Subtle and strong, the fused glass panels are uncompromising paintings with glass and light.
There are few individuals who can claim to have worked seventy years at a single career; we think of farmers, monks, and makers – those whose calling it is to create, heal or be of service began at a very early age. Now 81, Maestro Lino Tagliapietra has pursued his lifelong profession with the same energy and focus that has marked his career across seven decades, and he continues to inspire those around him.
Schantz Galleries: ProjectSpace-Boston is located at 211 Newbury Street, Boston.
Schantz Galleries Contemporary Glass is located at 3 Elm Street in Stockbridge, MA and is a destination for those seeking contemporary art by premier artists working in glass. Open Daily from 10-6. For more information, please call 413-298-3044 or visit us at www.schantzgalleries.com.