At Boca glass show, you won’t find your aunt’s collection of swans and clowns

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 03:18:24 PM. Privacy and surveillance, colonialism, environmental perils, police brutality — these aren’t themes commonly associated with glass art. “Glasstress,” by its very name, however, suggests this isn’t your tía’s collection of swans and clowns.
Privacy and surveillance, colonialism, environmental perils, police brutality — these aren’t themes commonly associated with glass art. “Glasstress,” by its very name, however, suggests this isn’t your tía’s collection of swans and clowns. “Since the inception of “Glasstress” in 2009, Adriano Berengo, who operates a renowned glass workshop and the Berengo Foundation in Murano, Italy, has challenged curators, collectors and artists to shatter outmoded, limited notions of glass’ creative potential. His strategy follows that of celebrated Venice-based collector, Peggy Guggenheim decades earlier: Invite artists celebrated for painting, bronze sculpture and other mediums to collaborate with master glass artisans – “maestros” – to realize their visions in glass.“Glassstress” urges artists to “stress” the medium to attain previously unimagined results. Berengo’s maestros also extend their skills as artists propose, “Let’s try this!” Their joint achievements are exhibited worldwide, including, repeatedly, in the Venice Biennale.” AUDIO: Hear expert commentary on ‘Glasstress Boca Raton’ “The international tours [Berengo] has set up have really brought attention to what can be done in glass," said visiting scholar and curator Davira Taragin during a brief gallery tour. Bringing the star power of “name” artists into the glass studio has united the glass world with contemporary painting and sculpture, creating a win-win. “We’re in a “post-disciplinary period,” she said. Intention, rather...Read more
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