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Beauty in Every Form

the art of

Dante Marioni

“I have never really been in love with all the obvious qualities of glass. I am more in love with the process and the traditions, age-old and of the contemporary studio variety. Form is always my primary concern; light manipulation and color are almost an afterthought. My influences range from a simple doorway on my furnace to a horizon on the North Sea from the Scottish Highlands. I continue to be enamored with nature, particularly as other people interpret it in the decorative arts.� Dante Marioni

S chant z Galleries c o n t e m p o r a r y

3 Elm Street, Stockbridge,


a r t 01262

413.298.3044 Cover: Snowmen, 2011 Black & Green 28 x 8.75 x 7 inches Black & Blue 26.75 x 8 x 6.25 inches

Beauty in Every Form

“For he who would proceed aright... should begin in youth to visit beautiful forms... out of that he should create fair thoughts; and soon he will of himself perceive that the beauty of one form is akin to the beauty of another, and that beauty in every form is one and the same.� (Plato)

the art of

Dante Marioni

Purple Reticello Urn with Silver 36 x 11 x 11 inches

It seems appropriate to quote Plato who spoke of the

ideal in art. Dante Marioni embodies the artist who strives for the ideal in his work. Dante’s forms achieve a balance between seriousness and exuberance. His pitchers, vases and bowls share a breathtaking classical symmetry and masterful technique, while their exaggerated height and saturated colors give them a sense of playfulness. Marioni has been greatly influenced by the Venetian Glass tradition which was itself a product of Roman and Greek form. Dante also grew up among many artistic influences. His father, Paul Marioni, was involved in the American studio glass movement and, as a result, Dante was constantly exposed to the glassblowing artists of the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1979, the Marioni family moved to Seattle and Dante began to study glassblowing at The Glass Eye. He spent summers at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington where his father taught. After graduating from high school, he started to pursue glassblowing as a career. Marioni learned the art of glassblowing from masters like Lino Tagliapietra, Benjamin Moore, and Richard Marquis. Subsequently, he has taught throughout the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Europe. Dante has expanded on his art of perfection with the quest for experimentation that grew out of the American Studio Glass Movement. His most recent Leaf Vases and Reticello Urns are examples of combining classic form with playful expression. There is no doubt that Dante has become a major contributor to the renaissance in American Glass as well as an influential force among his peers. We are honored to present this body of recent work by an American Master. Jim Schantz & Kim Saul Summer 2011

Pink Reticello Urn 32 1/2 x 12 inches

Blue Trio, 2011 45 inches tall

Vessel Display

2011 54 x 19 x 5 1/2 inches

Fiddleheads, Tallest vessel 24.5"

Green Reticello Leaf Vase 32 5 inches tall

White Reticello Leaf, 2004

27 x 11 x 7 inches


White Reticello 11 x 15 1/2 x 11 inches Black Reticello 2010 14 x 9 inches

Yellow Reticello Urn 27 1/2 inches tall

Yellow in Red Mosaic 37 x 8 x 8 inches

Gum Tree Leaves, 2009 Purple Leaf- 41 x 8 x 2 inches Green Leaf- 41.5 x 8.25 x 2 inches

Selected Solo Exhibitions 2008 Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington 2007 Amarillo Museum of Art, Texas 2007 Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan 2002 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Michigan 2002 Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington Selected Collections Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virgin Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina Corning Museum of Glass, New York Ebeltoft Museum, Denmark Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, Tennessee Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama Los Angeles County Museum of Art Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama Museum of Arts and Design, New York National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo National Museum of Sweden, Stockholm New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana Niijima Glass Art Museum, Japan Powerhouse Museum, New South Wales, Australia Prescott Collection of Pilchuck Glass at the U.S. Bank Centre, Seattle Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC Vero Beach Museum of Art, Florida Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England White House Collection of American Crafts, Washington, DC Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan Awards, Honors & Grants 2002 1st Place – Reticello, Ebeltoft Museum, Denmark 1997 Outstanding Achievement in Glass, UrbanGlass Award, New York 1988 Young Americans, American Craft Museum, New York 1987 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

Beauty in Every Form

the art of

Dante Marioni

S chant z G alleries c o n t e m p o r a r y

a r t

3 Elm Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262 413.298.3044

A Schantz Galleries Publication, 2011

Beauty in Every Form