Schantz Galleries is proud to present, LINO at SOFA Chicago 2017.
Lino Tagliapietra is one of the world’s most accomplished artists working with glass, and his career has greatly enriched the international art world. Tagliapietra is defined by superlatives: skillful, finessed, erudite, creative, sophisticated, yet open and humble. What continues to drive this consummate maestro is not the accumulation of more laurels but the journey to continued discovery and inventiveness. From an especially early age, Tagliapietra sought to open his world to other traditions and understand art historical precedence, always with an intrinsic loyalty to his own patrimony. Within an aesthetic that is unmistakably Lino, is receptiveness to the visual tropes of varied artistic styles and inspiration from the natural and cultural wonders of the larger world. Schantz Galleries will be exhibiting thirty new works by Maestro Lino Tagliapietra, featuring his most recent innovations in glass. Tagliapietra proudly introduces his own, new Florencia Murrini into some of his classic series.Within the booth, a darkened inner altar to glass, where a wall of classically shaped forms are suspended, casting shadows which contrast with the dazzling, golden avventurine glass.
Lino Tagliapietra has been an independent artist since 1989, exhibiting in museums around the globe, receiving countless honors, openly sharing his far-reaching knowledge of the medium and his skill as one of its finest practitioners, and helping to create a new renaissance in studio glassmaking. As James Yood, adjunct professor of art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and regular contributor to GLASS magazine wrote, “there are probably no two words more respected and honored in the history of modern sculpture in glass than ‘Lino Tagliapietra’; he is the living bridge, the crucial link between the august history of Venetian glass and the ceaseless wonders of what today we call the modern Studio Glass Movement”.