STOCKBRIDGE, MASS.- Schantz Galleries
is presenting a collection of new works by Lino Tagliapietra, featuring his most recent innovations in glass. This exhibition features a new tower structure alongside his spectacular pedestal and wall mounted artworks, such as the 3-piece installation from 2020 entitled Masai, and two recently completed fused glass panels. Some of the works were created specifically for this exhibition during his time working this past February and March.
Among works from the Florencia, Fenice, Angel Tear, Kira and other series are a selection of Aquilone (Italian for kite), which is the newest murrine by the Maestro. Teardrop-shaped vessels stretch their necks high, offering exquisite surfaces on which the billowy murrini draw skywardcolorful kites soaring on a summer breeze. Other recent works are the Kuma, an exuberant collection of murrini brimming together in explosive symphonies of pattern and color.
Maestro Lino Tagliapietra has exhibited in museums around the globe and received countless honors. He has openly shared his far-reaching knowledge of the medium and his skill as one of its finest practitioners, helping to create a new renaissance in studio glassmaking. His work is in numerous public collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); The Victoria & Albert (London); The Louvre Museum (Paris); and The Tokyo National Modern Art Museum (Tokyo).
Each work by Lino Tagliapietra is the expression of a single indefinable thing the extraordinary spirit of the artist. As he describes that elusive creative spirit, the idea is born, and sometimes it is very easy and sometimes it is very hard to go in a new direction and find the correct way. But the good things give you energy. Sometimes it is important to think a lot but thinking can complicate things. Sometimes the good things are the simple things, and other times the easiest things are the most difficult to do. You can have something perfect, but then you lose the spirit. Sometimes you have the spirit and sometimes you dont. I still get so much joy from the work. It is still absolutely the best thing I know.
Schantz Galleries is a destination for those seeking contemporary art by premier artists working in the medium of glass. Located at 3 Elm St. in Stockbridge, Mass., the gallery has established itself as one of the leading contemporary art glass galleries.