Thomas Stearns at Venini

Posted on August 30, 2019 by Peter Gruenbaum

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice


The autumn exhibition at le stanze del vetro, curated by Marino Barovier, will focus on the American artist Thomas Stearns, who collaborated with the Venini glassworks in the early 1960s.
After an initial period during which Stearns familiarised himself with local techniques, he started to create works of an extremely original character and unusual for Murano. Various series of glass pieces came into being, designed as an artistic impression of a sculptural kind, characterised by asymmetric and organic shapes and unusual glass techniques, rooted in the material of glass itself and with singular colour schemes. For the 31st Venice Biennale in 1962, Venini chose to exhibit works by Tobia Scarpa and six pieces by the American artist, which
won great praise from the judging panel. His most celebrated pieces include Cappello del Doge (The Doge’s Hat), and Facciate di Venezia (Venice Façades). The gold medal was proposed for these works but in the event could only be awarded to an Italian artist. Stearns was also interested in cold finishing techniques and in the lighting sector, which he developed in both artistic and technical terms.

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Ermanno Nason. Warrior of Glass

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Peter Gruenbaum

Ermanno Nason. Warrior of Glass

The exhibition, presented until January 11th 2011, includes around a hundred famous works by Ermanno Nason (Murano, 1928), the great glass maker maestro and member of a family that has played an important part in every stage of the history of Murano from the XVII century to today.

A favourite with the artists of Egidio Costantini’s “La Fucina degli Angeli”, Ermanno Nason has worked together with Pablo PicassoJean Cocteau, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Hans Arp, Kokoshka, Nag Arnoldi, Borsi, Jean Le Witt, Fred Fay, Krayer, Antun Motika and Bergamini, Guttuso, Braque, Verde, Hundertwasser, Fontana, Pignon, Bellini, Minguzzi, Goldoni, Carraro, Fulvio Bianconi, transforming their projects into glass in innovative and unusual forms, achieving outstanding results with his a massello production, created by shaping glass as an incandescent mass. Unrivalled in the history of glass making on Murano, his glass sculptures display a sensitivity that is sincere and convinced (and therefore convincing) towards the modern, abstract and informal.

Testimony to just a small part of his infinite production, the works on display include a little bit of everything: the virtuosity and perfect reproduction of the Cellini’s salt-cellar, a pop version of the head of the Statue of Liberty, the splendid faces of the crystal woman, the Tiepolo-style Pulcinella, the huge statue of Samson and the small bust of a woman worthy of Aristide Maillol.


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