Viewing: Art Market

Nicholas Africano, Untitled (bust with grapes), 2013, Cast glass. H 17 1/2, W 9, D 13 in. (Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art)

Sunday August 2, 2015 | by Victoria Josslin

Glass well-represented at the first Seattle Art Fair

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Seattle is basking in its inaugural art fair this weekend, enjoying good press, good crowds, good weather, and an encouraging number of red dots. The glass art shown at the 2015 Seattle Art Fair, which opened on July 30 and ended today, represents a wide range of invention and ideas. 

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Wednesday February 25, 2015 | by Justyna Turek

OPENING: Florida museum offers jewelry exhibition and sale, with several glass artists featured

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The fourth annual exhibition and sale of contemporary art jewelry known as "Bijoux!" will kick off this evening with a preview party at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since 2012, this regional art museum has presented one-of-a-kind contemporary art jewelry pieces, with the opportunity to purchase the work of over 40 artists from around the world. While some of the jewelry is made from gold, silver, porcelain, beads, acrylic, iron, steel, and diamonds, the work by five glass artists —Nirti Dekel of Israel; Leslie Ann Genninger of Italy; Jed Green of the U.K.; Amy Lemaire of the U.S.; and Grainne Morton of Scotland—is of special note. The four-day exhibition will only run through March 1st.

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Art Miami, one of the two anchors of the Miami art week, winds down on Sunday, December 7th.

Friday December 5, 2014 | by Claudio Martino

Glass figures prominently into several works at Miami art shows this week

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On Sunday, the celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and from the international contemporary art scene that have descended on Miami, Florida, for the star-studded Art Basel - Miami Beach and the longer-running Art Miami expositions will head home as the annual event winds down. Glass is playing a lead role in several of the works displayed at both of the glittering twin art fairs which bring an impressive pedigree to their respective events. Art Basel has been around since the 1970s, originally founded by three gallery owners (Trudi Bruckner, Balz Hilt and Ernst Beyeler) in the Swiss city for which the fair is named. Over the decades, its influence has grown within the artistic community, drawing in work from galleries and artists from across the world. This year, Art Basel Miami Beach turns 12 and boasts a total of 250 galleries in attendance. While Art Miami isn’t quite as international, it is turning 25 this year, and boasts a similar level of exclusivity within the community, playing hosts to a number of galleries known for showing work in glass. This year in particular, Art Miami has 125 galleries in attendance.

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People lined up for more than a block to enter on opening night. photo: habatat galleries' instagram page

Thursday November 20, 2014 | by Claudio Martino

Glass art gallery in Florida sees robust sales for first show of glass pipes

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Habatat Galleries in West Palm Beach, Florida, has become one of the first commercial glass art galleries in the U.S. to host a show of glass pipes in a fine-art context. The opening weekend saw $135,000 in sales, according to Lindsey Scott, the gallery's president. In the week-and-a-half since the November 7th, 2014 opening of the "Counter Culture Glass" exhibition, a total of 17 pieces have sold, she said. In total, the Habatat Florida event showcases 38 functional pipes by 41 artists. While there are plenty of retail outlets for borosilicate functional pipes—and venues such as Illuzion Glass Galleries in Denver, Colorado, cultivate an art-gallery environment—even the most high-end of these pipe-focused businesses don't bring an art-world imprimatur, something many pipe-makers are anxious for their work to achieve. As discussed in a feature article in the Fall 2014 edition of GLASS (#136), the trend toward the decriminalization of marijuana in the United States makes the display of paraphernalia less of a legal liability, and could usher in a new perspective on borosilicate pipes.

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Andy Paiko, Illuminated Sculpture, 2014. Blown glass, steel, rope. H 70, W 45 in. List price: $58,000. gallery: wexler. photo: andrew page

Monday November 10, 2014 | by Andrew Page

RED DOT REPORT: Signs of changing tastes at SOFA Chicago 2014

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As the 2014 edition of the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design fair wound down on Sunday, November 9, there was a sense that change was in the air. The red dots were spread around the more than 20 exhibition spaces at Navy Pier's Festival Hall featuring glass, with the Blue Rain exhibition of Preston Singletary's blown-glass homage to Native American iconography possibly the most commercially successful display of blown work. Over at Hawk Galleries display, Casandra Blackmore's reverse painted works on shattered glass sold briskly, as did the cameo-engraved work of April Surgent at Heller Gallery. But there was another strong market trend toward show-stopping pieces by up-and-coming artists who made up for a lack of name recognition with work that demanded greater attention. 

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This will be the second iteration of the Collective Design fair in New York City.

Tuesday May 6, 2014 | by Samuel J. Paul

DESIGN: Glass figures prominently in design fairs opening in New York City and London

Coming off a successful inaugural year, the second Collective Design Fair opens today and runs through May 11th, 2014, in Skylight at Moynihan, highlighting limited editions of design pieces and one-of-a-kind artworks in various media. Glass figures in many of the exhibitors displays, primarily in various approaches to lighting from the French Art Deco-style designs at Maison Gerard, to the sculptural glass lighting by Thaddeus Wolfe and Jeff Zimmerman at R and Company, to a mix of lighting and fine art glass works at Wexler Gallery, which blurs the boundaries between art and design. A series of discussions entitled Collective Conversations

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Monday November 11, 2013 | by Andrew Page

RED DOT REPORT: SOFA CHICAGO 2013 sees solid sales, strong attendance, and many upbeat art dealers

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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.


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William Morris is going to reconstruct his 2005 work Mazorca, originally created as a large-scale installation made for a Museum of Glass retrospective. It originally stood more than 8-feet tall.

Wednesday August 7, 2013 | by Andrew Page

Willam Morris to return to the glass studio (briefly) to rework Mazorca installation

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William Morris is going to reconstruct his 2005 work Mazorca, originally created as a large-scale installation made for a Museum of Glass retrospective. It originally stood more than 8-feet tall.

Since 2007, when William Morris retired with great fanfare at the peak of his glass-artist career, he’s been spending his time perfecting his stone-carving technique in Hawaii. Meanwhile, his unique body of work in sculpted and blown glass that channels non-European ancient artifacts continues to attract the attention of collectors, and fetch record prices. One large installation, however, has not sold. Mazorca, originally displayed as part of his 2005 mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma has not found a buyer. The more-than-8-foot-tall cornucopia of dangling glass objects that look like earthenware, shells, carved bone, and wood, will be restrung in smaller compositions, according to Lewis Wexler, who will be showing these works at the Sculptural Objects Functional Art Fair in Chicago this November. Morris’s brief return to the glass art studio was confirmed by his studio manager, Holly Lyman in an email exchange.

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One of the original glass skylight windows of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House is being auctioned on August 3rd after being stored away by a private owner for nearly half of a century. courtesy: schultz auctioneers.

Wednesday July 31, 2013 | by Gina DeCagna

Rare Frank Lloyd Wright glass window to be auctioned

One of the original glass skylight windows of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House is being auctioned on August 3rd after being stored away by a private owner for half a century. courtesy: schultz auctioneers.
On Saturday, August 3rd, a glass skylight window designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright will be sold by Schultz Auctioneers in Clarence, New York. The window, which has a pre-auction estimate of $50,000 to $100,000, originates from the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, one Wright’s best known examples of his the Prairie Style. Two Martin House windows have sold at Christie’s for $62,500 and $104,500 each in 2011.

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GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for 35 years.