We are just finishing all the details from our recent exhibition at SOFA Chicago on the Navy Pier. This is our 17th year exhibiting on the pier and we are happy to report it was a successful and beautiful exhibition. Many visitors came by to say hello to Maestro Lino Tagliapietra. Here is a short video by John Forsen which gives you a glimpse into the exhibition and Lino working on the next new piece!
Schantz Galleries presented both classic and contemporary works by Lino Tagliapietra, some series which have never before presented as a feature exhibition. 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.
Jim Schantz chose the work with the assistance of Lino and Lino’s grandson and manager, Jacopo Vecchiato months ahead of time in Seattle, and the focus was on classic combined with the newest creations.
Celebrating 70 years of working with glass, he continues to be inspired to work on new concepts and designs. Some of the recent works included classic forms using the avventurine glass which is very challenging to work with at the scale it was done in. 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.
During the exhibition, we hosted two receptions. one was for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, and their Fuel their Fire residency program. Many artists, collectors and gallerists attended the reception, to hear Susan Warner, Director of Education and the new director of the museum, Deborah Lenk speak of the importance of the program. Artist John Kiley commented as well, saying how he has made some great work in the museum program, where he has the freedom to try things that he may not be able to afford to try on his own due to the exorbitant cost of running a studio.
The second reception was to acknowledge Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, in honor of their recent award from the AACG and to acknowledge Lino’s current exhibition there as well as his Seventy Years of Working with Glass!
Not limiting himself to 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. Chicago, 2015 is a 40 inch wide fused glass panel composed with multi-colored, twisted glass rods and a beautiful blue glass frit. Closer inspection reveals thousands of tiny bubbles within the thick layers of blue glass adding a watery impression. With its bold graphic design, the artist’s use of color and spatial relationships combine, this work evokes the hustle-bustle, of the city on the lake. Subtle and strong, the fused glass panels are uncompromising paintings with glass and light.
Additional: Lino Tagliapietra has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions and is represented in a global assortment of museums and art institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai, China, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.