Tansey Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by the influential Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra, on display at 652 Canyon Road, Santa Fe NM from July 15 - August 5, 2016. The event marks the Maestro’s first solo exhibition in Santa Fe and offers visitors a rare chance to experience an entire collection of new Tagliapietra works.
Recognized internationally as the Maestro of contemporary glass and considered the “greatest glass blower of all time” by his peers, Lino Tagliapietra has been working with the material for over seventy years. Starting at the age of 11 as an apprentice on the island of Murano it was only a decade later, when he was working for some of the most prestigious glassworks companies in Murano, that he was given the title of Maestro.
His breathtaking blown and fused glassworks demonstrate a stunning combination of technically complex production skills and an incredible creative mind. As both creator and executor of his works, he has developed a personal style that is unmistakable and easily recognized, and his exemplary practice is followed by many as a great source of inspiration. “Glass is a wonderful material. Why? Glass is alive. Even when it is cool it is still moving. It is connected with fire, it is connected with water, it is…my life”, Tagliapietra explains.
The exhibition at Tansey Contemporary will give viewers the opportunity to enjoy twelve spectacular new and diverse works from the artist representing twelve different series: Stromboli, Niomea, Ombelico, Fuji, Africa, Spirale, Dinosaur, London, Fenice, Bothnia, Kookaburra and Aretino. Together the works showcase a wide selection of vibrant colors, unique graphic design, and complex techniques demonstrating that even in his 80s, Tagliapietra continues to push the boundaries of his ever-evolving glass practice.
“Lino, to us, is the ultimate representation of the artist-craftsman and what our gallery program strives to showcase: the intersection between craft, fine art and design. He truly embodies the wonderful, dynamic interaction that is possible when an artist has truly mastered the materials and techniques they choose to employ in their artistic expression,” Jen Tansey, Gallery Owner/Director, explains.
Tagliapietra’s work is featured in numerous museum collections throughout the world, including the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, The De Young Museum in San Franscisco, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, and many more.