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Lino Tagliapietra The Journey Continues new works 2010

Saturno Chandelier

“To make art in the form of the planet Saturn is to dream about the galaxy, its big space full of wonders and unknown worlds. It is like an imaginary space travel, in the way of the cartoon hero Flash Gordon, where strange new worlds await our visits. It is a piece of art; but also a fantasy to go into the world of the future.� Lino Tagliapietra

2 0 1 0 58 x 60 1/2 x 46 inches

With this exhibition we celebrate a new body of work from Maestro Lino Tagliapietra. Lino’s retrospective exhibition*, which has traveled throughout the U.S. for the past two years has reinforced his status as one of the most important figures in the contemporary glass movement. While raising the standards for technical achievement, Lino challenges not only the material, but confronts himself artistically as he explores new forms and ideas of expression. He has found a way to take us along on his journey into his imagination and his world. Lino Tagliapietra continues to amaze his audience as he presents innovative expressions for his artistic vocabulary. This exhibition debuts several new forms never before seen as well as the reintroduction of earlier series. One of the most exciting new series is “Bahia”, with their very figurative presence, possibly inspired by Lino’s travel to the state of the same name in Brazil. The Angel Tear sculptures are unlike any Lino has done previously; with their rich and unusual cane application. The Maui and Mandara pieces mark the largest and most dramatic ever presented. We are also excited to feature a wonderful selection of the Dinosaur series We are honored to premier two very significant new works that Lino has recently completed: Saturno Chandelier and Avventura. The Saturno Chandelier incorporates distinctive, illuminated Saturno pieces. After several years in the planning stage, Lino has developed the structure to suspend his forms in this elegant illuminated sculpture, resulting in a fantastic creation. The Avventura installation is reminiscent of a Louise Nevelson assemblage. This unique work features over a hundred vessels created by Lino using the an 18th century Venetian technique which creates a glass with sparkles. With its references to ancient Roman glass forms, Lino acknowledges some of his influences while creating a truly unique work of contemporary art. We hope you enjoy this catalog of remarkable new works and have the opportunity to visit our exhibition at SOFA Chicago 2010 or afterwards at our gallery in Stockbridge. We are grateful to Lino Tagliapietra for allowing us the opportunity to exhibition his masterful work. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Cecilia Chung, Lino’s manager, for her guidance in curating this show.

Jim Schantz and Kim Saul

*It is fitting that Lino’s retrospective originated in the Seattle area which has become a second home to his native Murano. It was in 1979 that Benjamin Moore, then director of the Pilchuck School invited Lino to teach for the first time. From this point on the glass art movement in the United States would be transformed by Lino’s talent, his passion for glass and his work ethic. Throughout the next 28 years Lino would teach a new generation not only at Pilchuck, but at colleges and institutions throughout the world. The retrospective exhibition, "Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Italian Glass was organized by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA and curated by Susanne Franz, former curator of The Corning Museum. The exhibit began at MOG and traveled during the past two years to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery in Washington, The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA, The Palm Springs Art Museum and The Flint Institute of the Arts.

2 0 1 0 blown glass w i t h c a s e 76 3/4 x 39 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches


“In the history of glass, the material avventurina has always carried a sense of mystery; its making was an adventure and a secret. For the first time, the name of a glass material, Avventurina, was used to identify a precious stone which was known as the desert stone in the beginning. The Avventura installation is an exciting new work because the public will see a very special glass material and get to appreciate its qualities. For a long time, I have been fascinated by it. In this installation, I try to convey that sense of excitement of showing for the first time, something different using this material. I made the objects on a smaller scale to show its preciousness.� Lino Tagliapietra


2 0 1 0 23 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches


2 0 1 0 26 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches

Angel Tear

2 0 1 0 28 1/2 x 21 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches


2 0 1 0 17 1/2 x 16 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches


2 0 1 0 43 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches


i n o s a u r

2 0 0 8 44 x 19 x 9 1/4 inches


i n o s a u r

2 0 0 9 52 3/4 x 21 x 7 3/4 inches


i n o s a u r

2 0 0 5 50 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

Angel Tear

2 0 1 0 25 x 24 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches


2 0 1 0 21 1/4 x 20 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches


2 0 0 7 19 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches


i n o s a u r

2 0 0 9 30 1/2 x 9 x 5 1/4 inches


2 0 0 5 31 x 12 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches


2 0 1 0 15 1/4 x 15 x 5 1/4 inches


2 0 1 0 14.5 x 12.75 x 12.75 inches

A ss u r

2 0 1 0 31 3/4 x 9 3/4 x 5 inches


2 0 1 0 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches


Born: Murano, Italy

Training 1946

Apprenticeship with Archimede Seguso, Murano, Italy


1955-65 1955 1956 1966-68 1968-76 1968 1972 1976-89 1989- 1996 1996 1996, 1998 1997 1997 1998 2000 2001 2004 2004 2004 2004 2006 2007 2007 2009






Vetreria Galliano Ferro, Murano, Italy Achieves status of Maestrino Achieves status of Maestro Venini & Co., Murano, Italy Cofounder and chief maestro at La Murrina, Murano, Italy Borsella d’Oro Award, Murano, Italy Grand Prix in lighting, Barcelona Trade Fair, Barcelona, Spain Artistic and Technical Director, Effetre International, Murano, Italy Independent artist Rakow Commission for Excellence in Glass Award, The Corning Museum of Glass, NY, USA UrbanGlass Award for Preservation of Glassblowing Techniques, NY, USA Venezia Aperto Vetro, Guest of Honour, invited guest, Venice, Italy Glass Art Society Lifetime Achievement Award, USA Urkunde Goldmedaille, Germany Libensky Award, Chateau Ste Michelle Vineyards and Winery and Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA Humana Distinguished Professor, Centre College, Kentucky, USA Metal for Excellence in Craft Award, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, USA Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Centre College, KY, USA The President’s Distinguished Artist Award, University of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA Artist as Hero Award, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA Artist Visionaries! Lifetime Achievement Award, Museum of Arts & Design, NY, USA Distinguished Educator Award; James Renwick Alliance associated with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., USA Cristal Award, Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey, Mexico Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, USA The IIC Lifetime Achievement Award, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Selected Museum Exhibitions



China Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai

uNITED KINGDOM Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Denmark Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft

United States Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk Columbia Museum, Columbia Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton The Jewish Museum, San Francisco M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art New York Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Chicago The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Glass, Tacoma The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York National Museum of Ceramic Art and Glass, Baltimore Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach Orlando Museum, Orlando Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs Racine Art Museum, Racine Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Spencer Museum of Art, T University of Kansas, Lawrence Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo

France Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris GERMANY Kestner Museum Italy Aperto Vetro, Venice Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Biennale di Venezia Palazzo Grassi, Venice JAPAN Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo Kitazawa Museum of Arts, Takane-cho Tokyo National Modern Art Museum, Tokyo Toyama City Institute of Glass, Toyama Mexico Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey The Netherlands Danish Royal Museum, Copenhagen Museum Boymans, Rotterdam Museum Het Paleis, The Haag Switzerland Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Losanna

Catalog Design: Kim Saul

Photography: Russell Johnson, Rob Vinnedge (Chandelier and Avventura)

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The Journey Continues  

Works by Lino Tagliapietra

The Journey Continues  

Works by Lino Tagliapietra