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LINO TAGLIAPIETRA Maestro of a Glass Renaissance

Morris Museum

LINO TAGLIAPIETRA Maestro of a Glass Renaissance March 12 through June 18, 2017

“Glass is a very old material, a natural material that relates to life.” —Lino Tagliapietra

Morris Museum

Cover image: Dinosaur, 2004, Blown and cut glass, 60¾ x 10¾ x 7"


Angel Tear


Blown glass 35½ x 22¼ x 6¾" 2011

The Morris Museum is delighted and honored to welcome Lino Tagliapietra: Maestro of a Glass Renaissance. Featuring more than 30 works from the past 15 years of Lino’s career, the exhibition highlights this world-renowned artist’s place in the canon as both a champion of the Muranese tradition and as an innovative force among contemporary artists today. It is a perfect partnership, as we strive to present exhibitions that celebrate art while exciting the mind and promoting cultural interests and awareness. Our permanent holdings boast a wide variety of glassworks, from early studio glass to more recentlyacquired pieces by Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, and Antoine Leperlier. We hope you agree that Lino’s seminal exhibition demonstrates a crucial link between our mission and history, and that he is one of the most important glass blowers of our time. Our deepest thanks go to Jim Schantz and Kim Saul of Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for their guidance and support of the exhibition. We are also pleased to acknowledge the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass for their generous support. Finally, we are grateful to Alan and Melanie Levitan for introducing us to this tremendous artist, and for their terrific energy and leadership, along with Morris Arts, the College of St. Elizabeth, the County College of Morris, Drew University, and Fairleigh Dickenson University. We are grateful for this opportunity to share Lino’s work with you so that you may join us in admiring and appreciating the legacy he is undoubtedly creating. With my best and warmest wishes, Connie Read Acting Executive Director Morris Museum




Fused glass and steel stand 48¼ x 27¾ x ¾" glass 2012

Lino Tagliapietra: Maestro of a Glass Renaissance March 12, 2017 through June 18, 2017

Demanding extreme patience, drive and agility, glassblowing is a craft that comes naturally to few, like a foreign language that must be taught and mastered. Lino Tagliapietra speaks the language of glass, and the pieces selected for this exhibition— Lino Tagliapietra: Maestro of a Glass Renaissance— speak loud and clear. Lino Tagliapietra was born on the island of Murano in 1934, surrounded by glass factories and artisans. It was here that he studied the origin of glassblowing, an art rooted in the SyroPalestinian region in the first century B.C. He was educated by those recognized for their craft, apprenticing under such Italian masters as Vetreria Archimede Seguso from age 11. He then mastered the technique and methods—from the material to the calculated motions—achieving the highest honor of maestro, most accomplished glassblower, by the age of 21. The process of glassblowing has remained fundamentally the same since its inception. Molten glass, the consistency of molasses, is gathered on the end of a hollow pipe. It is then inflated into a bubble, and then formed into a vessel by blowing, swinging, or rolling the glass onto a smooth stone or metal surface. While still soft, the glass can be manipulated by hand tools or cut with shears. Additions such as, stems, feet, or handles, can then be attached through hot application. The works featured in Lino Tagliapietra: Maestro of a Glass Renaissance were created during the past decade, demonstrating the influence of the American Studio Glass movement on his work. Tagliapietra’s interests in art, style, design, and culture are all evident in his forms. These figurative pieces require careful planning, thorough preparation, and thoughtful design. Included in the exhibition are the Dinosaur series, with their elongated, dramatic features, evocative in some ways of prehistoric creatures; the Ombelico del Mondo, which showcases


both monochromatic and multi-colored filaments of glass called canes that swirl concentrically through an oval shape, converging on a central point; and Fuji, a piece inspired by the shape and continuously changing shades of Japan’s Mount Fuji. This exhibition also examines the abstract expressionism of his new body of work, whose painterly fused-glass panels achieve beautiful luminescence before light. The Morris Museum is an institution which celebrates art, science, history, and the performing arts by providing engaging exhibitions, and programs. It is our objective to educate, and inspire diverse audiences of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, as well as to excite the mind and promote cultural interests. Lino Tagliapietra is an artist that exemplifies this mission. Diverse in form and color, the works selected for this superb exhibition are renowned for their transformative beauty and creative ingenuity within the glassmaking discipline. I am overjoyed to introduce this master, whose years of experience and exposure to the American Studio Glass movement, have left him, and those he has taught and inspired, constantly curious for a new result, for something different. Alexandra Willis Curator Morris Museum



Blown glass 25¾ x 15 x 7½" 2013


Lino Tagliapietra at work in Mukilteo, WA, 2011. Photo: Russell Johnson


Beginning in the mid 1940’s until 1989, Maestro Lino Tagliapietra worked in various for-profit Murano factories including Vetreria Galliano Ferro, Venini & Co., and finally as the Artistic and Technical Director of Effetre International (1976-1989). In the summer of 1979, Lino was invited to the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. From this point on, glassblowing would undergo a profound transformation. Tagliapietra generously shared what he knew with artists in the United States and subsequently throughout the world, because Lino believed that if glassmaking at its highest level was to survive, it must expand beyond the island of Murano. Throughout his more than 30 years of international teaching, he has instilled a demand for excellence, a strong work ethic, and a love of the medium that has changed and elevated the glass art movement forever. Defying early criticism from the community back home, Tagliapietra has never stopped sharing his knowledge. But the giving was not a one-way street; Tagliapietra benefited equally from the young artists that he taught and with whom he collaborated. After years of factory design and production work, Tagliapietra came face-to-face with new ways of regarding the material and with individuals who considered it a medium for art. This creative exchange with artists throughout the world further stimulated Lino’s imagination towards what he would discover on his own exploration with the medium of glass. At the age of 82, Lino continues to challenge himself by finding the next exciting or sublime form of expression and creativity. The fused glass panels in this exhibition involved months of preparation and experimentation before the composition and creation of the artwork; and before that are decades of mastery. The same is true with the series where further experimentation with cane and murrini takes us to a deeper appreciation for the graphic quality as well as the form of a vessel. These works of art offer a sublime beauty to the viewer. We are so fortunate in our lifetime to witness a maestro and artist in one person, who through his openness to life and humanity is able to transform silica into miraculous works of art. All of us at the Schantz Galleries are honored to cooperate with the Morris Museum to bring this exhibition to an institution that has recently brought glass as an art form to a wider audience. We are grateful to Alan and Melanie Levitan, Connie Read and Alexandra Willis for involving our gallery with this exhibition. Thank you Lino Tagliapietra for sharing your work with the world. Jim Schantz and Kim Saul Schantz Galleries


Ombelico Del Mondo


Blown glass and steel stand 23 x 23 x 10Âź" glass 2015

“There are two kinds of research—the easier research is for the idea or inspiration, the complex part is making real things from ideas. I have worked my whole life to develop techniques for making the parts, the color, the form and the graphic in response to my ideas.”

—Lino Tagliapietra

Ombelico Del Mondo, (detail) Blown glass and steel stand 23 x 23 x 10¼" glass 2015




Blown glass 21½ x 13 x 4½" 2015


Blown glass 37¼ x 7¼ x 6¼" 2016




Fused glass and steel stand 48¼ x 27¾ x ¾” glass 2012

Lino’s family originated in Burano, a small island in the Venetian Lagoon known for its small, tightly-packed, colorfully painted houses. Barene (Sand Dunes) simultaneously pays homage to the island’s sensibility and its graphic appearance with intense striations of deep colored glass punctuated by a minimalist collection of vertical and horizontal elements.

Barene, (detail) Fused glass and steel stand 48¼ x 27¾ x ¾” glass 2012


Nuvola, (detail) Fused glass and steel stand 26½ x 39¼ x ¾" glass 2015



Fused glass and steel stand 26½ x 39¼ x ¾" glass 2015


Angel Tear


Blown and cut glass 54¾ x 13½ x 6½" 2004

"I don't invent something new, I personalize something... and that makes it something that nobody has done before."

—Lino Tagliapietra



Blown glass 16¼ x 18¾ x 7½" 2008



Blown glass 28½ x 11¾ x 6½" 2016




Blown glass 20 x 17 x 9ž" 2011

"When I feel things, I try to explore another territory, to be different, to see all of who I am, and not do the same thing all the time. At one point, I thought that my formula was changing, but when I look at the work, I see the root and realize that I am not really too far away.�

—Lino Tagliapietra


Angel Tear,

(detail) Blown glass 30 x 22¾ x 8½" 2015


Angel Tear

Blown glass 30 x 22¾ x 8½" 2015




Blown glass 32½ x 10¾ x 10¾" 2013

Kookaburra, (detail) Blown glass 32½ x 10¾ x 10¾" 2013


Lino Tagliapietra with his blown glass sculpture titled London, 2015. Photo: Sabine Von Falken

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS 1968-76 1968 1972 1996 1996 1996/98 1997 1997 1998 2000 2001 2004 2004 2004 2004 2006 2007 2007 2009 2010 2011 2011 2012 2013


Cofounder and chief maestro at La Murrina, Murano, Italy Borsella d’Oro Award, Murano, Italy Grand Prix in lighting, Barcelona Trade Fair, Barcelona, Spain Rakow Commission for Excellence in Glass Award, Corning Museum of Glass, NY UrbanGlass Award for Preservation of Glassblowing Techniques, NY Venezia Aperto Vetro, Guest of Honour, invited guest, Venice, Italy Glass Art Society Lifetime Achievement Award Urkunde Goldmedaille, Germany Libensky Award, Chateau Ste Michelle Vineyards Winery and Pilchuck Glass School, WA Humana Distinguished Professor, Centre College, KY Metal for Excellence in Craft Award, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Centre College, KY The President’s Distinguished Artist Award, University of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA Artist as Hero Award, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA Artist Visionaries! Lifetime Achievement Award, Museum of Arts & Design, NY Distinguished Educator Award, James Renwick Alliance associated with the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC Cristal Award, Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey, Mexico Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA The IIC Lifetime Achievement Award, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles, CA Master Teacher/Master Artist, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, KY Master of Medium Award, James Renwick Alliance, Washington, DC Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Phoenix Award, USA Visionary Award, Art Palm Beach, FL Honors Award, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, USA

MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS CHINA: Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai · DENMARK: Danish Royal Museum, Copenhagen · Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft · FRANCE: Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris · GERMANY: Kestner Museum, Hannover · ITALY Aperto Vetro, Venice · Biennale di Venezia · Palazzo Franchetti, Venice · Palazzo Grassi, Venice · JAPAN: Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo · Kitazawa Museum of Arts, Takanecho · Tokyo National Modern Art Museum, Tokyo · Toyama City Institute of Glass, Toyama · MEXICO: Museo del Vidrio, Monterrey · THE NETHERLANDS: Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam · Museum Het Paleis, The Haag · SWITZERLAND: Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne · UNITED KINGDOM: Victoria and Albert Museum, London UNITED STATES: Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA · Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, Neenah, WI · Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA · Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA · Colby College Museum · Columbia Museum, Columbia, OH · Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH · Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY · Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH · Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI · Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA · Hunter Art Museum, Chattanooga, TN · The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA · M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA · Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, New York, NY · Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Chicago, OH · The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY · Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC · Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL · Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA · Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY · Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX · Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA · National Museum of Ceramic Art and Glass, Baltimore, MD · Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL · Orlando Museum, Orlando, FL · Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA · Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI · Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC · Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ · Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA · Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS · Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA · Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH ·


Blown glass 10¼ x 19¼ x 19¼" 2013


Morris Museum

ABOUT THIS EXHIBIT Lino Tagliapietra: Maestro of a Glass Renaissance showcases works from the past two decades by this world-renowned glass master. Curated with works from private and the artist’s own collections, the exhibition features Tagliapietra’s blown glass vessels, graceful aerial works for which the artist is renowned, and his newer two-dimensional fused glass panels.

ABOUT THE MORRIS MUSEUM Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums. The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Location and Hours The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of the Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit


Stella di Neve

Fused glass and steel stand 18¾ x 18¾ x 1½" 2013


LINO TAGLIAPIETRA Maestro of a Glass Renaissance

Morris Museum MORRIS MUSEUM Acting Executive Director Connie Read EXHIBITIONS Curator Alexandra Willis Assistant Curator Anne Motto

MORRIS MUSEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chair Gerri Horn Vice Chair Nelson Schaenen Jr. Richard A. Watson, Esq. Richard Nolan, Esq. Marsha Baldinger Molly Borst Unjeria Jackson, MD Lawrence O’Connor Robert L. Ricciardi Fred H. Rohn Edda SwartGillen Edward von der Linde Vincent Teti



The Morris Museum gratefully acknowledges generous operating support from the following funders:

Generous support for “Lino Tagliapietra: Maestro of a Glass Renaissance” is provided by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Additional support is provided by Heller Gallery and Schantz Galleries.

CATALOG CREDITS Photography Artwork and working portrait of Lino Tagliapietra by Russell Johnson Other photos as indicated. Design Silver City Design + Publications Essays Alexandra Willis Connie Read Jim Schantz Thank you Lino Tagliapietra for lending your work to this exhibition. Lino Tagliapietra: Maestro of a Glass Renaissance © 2017 Morris Museum and Lino Tagliapietra, Inc

Back cover: Saba,



Blown and cut glass, 24 x 16¾ x 16¾"


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