Billed as "A Celebration of Jon's Life and Achievements," a memorial event took place at the Chihuly Boathouse on Sunday Oct 20th from 11 AM to 2 PM, where the Evelyn Room and Hot Shop were open to friends, family, and well-wishers honoring the memory of the late Jonathan Christie (1968 – 2013). Organized by Jonathan's father, David, the event also saw the launch of a 24-page book entitled Remembering Jon that includes a 9-minute DVD focusing on the evolution of Lyrical Light (2006). Weighing two tons, and made up of more than 300 individual glass horns, the large-scale public artwork is installed at a Jacksonville performing arts center and represents the pinacle of the late artist's output in terms of size and technical complexity. The video was edited down from the 60-minute documentary entitled "Glass Ceiling" that was produced by the local public television station in Florida.
A solo exhibition of work in glass by American artist John Moran opening this weekend in Ghent, Belgium, has potential for controversy. …
The Glass Art Society will be hosting the 45th annual GAS conference at the Corning Museum of Glass in 2016. …
The show of photographs by Michael Eastman currently on view at Barry Friedman Ltd, a major Chelsea gallery that has long represented artists working in glass as well as other materials, will be the last exhibition for this important venue for art. After close to a half-century of art dealing, gallery principal Barry Friedman will be retiring, though he will remain a partner in the adjacent gallery Friedman Benda also located at 515 West 26th Street , which will continue on as a major venue for contemporary art. The art dealer announced the end of his 48-year run as an active dealer during The Salon: Art + Design fair last week.
Red Hook, Brooklyn-based Pier Glass, reopened in April of this year after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, but some essentials such as the furnace and glory holes are still in need of replacing, and the cold shop is still in partial commission. …
GLASS Quarterly Hotsheet: What are you currently working on?
Roisin de Buitlear: I am currently working on three different projects. I'm about to install a public art commission, an architectural installation in a public library in Dublin, which is based on the Yeats poem, "Sailing to Byzantium." The concept is based on transient light as a metaphor for the transience of life. Alongside that, I am preparing drawings for my forthcoming residency at the Museum of Glass where I will begin a new series of blown work based on Damask linen and lace. I have a number of shows in the new year, in Ireland and Europe. When I return, I will start to make a series of drawings for two long entrance glazed screens for a basilica in Ireland at the Pilgrimage site in Knock, County Mayo.
Last night's contemporary art auction at Philips Auctions saw a work in glass and mixed-media by American artist David Hammons in 2000 go up for auction with an estimate between $5 millon and $7 million dollars. By the time the hammer fell, the price for this glass basketball backboard with black steel hoop and border adorned with tiers of lit crystal chandeliers had risen to $8,005,000, setting a new record for Hammons' work (as well as most likely a new record for a single work in glass). According to www.blouinartinfo.com, the winning bidder was art dealer David Zwirner, with galleries in New York and London.
With the highest attendance numbers since the pre-recession expo in 2007, the 20th anniversary of SOFA CHICAGO looks to have been an encouraging sign for the much-discussed future of the art market for work in glass. The official attendance figure was 34,000, a 2,000-person increase over 2012, and chats with some dealers indicated that many of those who came were there to buy. The show felt busy from the opening Thursday night cocktail party to the surprisingly crowded Sunday afternoon. This year's fair was also more filled with exhibitors, with 65 dealers, including many international galleries. With new owners taking over the well-established SOFA brand name (The Atlanta-based show management company Urban Expositions purchased the show earlier this year), many were nervous about the transition, but with founder Marc Lyman staying on as a consultant (though less visible during the show than in years past) and Donna Davies maintaining her role as fair director, it seems to have been a smooth changing of hands, with several dealers offering the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet very positive feedback on logistics this year.
Hiromi Takizawa is an artist deeply inspired by the role of light in her work, and her newest exhibition, "Ultraviolet," is no exception. A special preview reception took place last night at University of California Riverside ARTSblock and Culver Center of the Arts in Riverside, California, while the exhibition oficially opens to the public on November 26th, 2013 and will remain through January 4th, 2014. The exhibition is featured, appropriately, alongside the annual Festival of Lights held in Riverside.
The exhbition "CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass: Tradition in Transition," opening November 9th at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington and running through September 30th, 2014, will feature work by Irish glass artists Roisin de Buitlear, Eamonn Hartley, Fred Curtis, and Greg Sullivan. "CAUTION! Fragile" was largely inspired by the closure of Ireland's Waterford glass factory in 2009, which left many artists and glassmakers bereft of a workplace as well as raw materials most did not have access to otherwise, having been trained primarily as cutters and engravers. As the Waterford Crystal iconic brand lives on but