The Spring 2017 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#146), on its way to newsstands and subscriber mailboxes, sports a new look. Completely redesigned in honor of the 40th anniversary of its parent, UrbanGlass, the new issue features an updated graphic style with fresh type treatments, more abundant white space, and an increase in photographs of individual artists as well as their work. It's the first major update to the magazine's design since 2003 and reflects the keen insights of the magazine’s longtime art directors, Stephanie and John Stislow, who for more than a decade have been honing the visual presentation of articles by some of the top arts writers to illuminate their critical insights.
Viewing: Print Edition
The Winter 2016-17 edition of GLASS (#145) is hitting newsstands and subscriber mailboxes this week. The four feature articles explore different aspects of the profound transition affecting glass art and design. Whether it's the aging of a loyal collector base that sustained its growth for decades; new technologies competing with, if not displacing, hot glass studios as the showpieces of college and university art departments; or the steady march of globalization finally encroaching on the price points at the high end of design, GLASS brings you unique insights into the changing dynamics of the field.
The recent passing of Klaus Moje (1936 - 2016), who died at the age of 79 on September 24, 2016, after a protracted illness, has unleashed a global outpouring of grief and appreciation. Honored for his disciplined approach to technique and visionary work taking kiln-forming into the fine-art realm, Moje's impact on the glass art field is immeasurable. Celebrated as an artist, Moje was also hugely influential as an educator, and created the glass program at the Canberra School of Art, which has since been incorporated into the Australian National University's College of Arts and Social Sciences. Consciously not opening with a hot glass furnace, Moje designed the program in 1982 with a radically different approach than most glass education facilities in the world. In honor of Moje's legacy, the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet is republishing an article from the Spring 2005 print edition (GLASS #98) that provides unique insight into the founding of the Canberra program. In the article below, Moje shares his singular perspective on not just education but what it takes to become an artist.
The Fall 2016 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#144) is hitting newsstands and subscriber mailboxes next week. On the cover is a work by Christina Bothwell who creates sculptural vignettes using cast glass and ceramic elements. In Bothwell's hands, the smooth, shiny aspects of glass are hidden by pocked surfaces or rubbing with oil paints to further dull the finishes. Undimmed is the ability of glass to capture and transmit light, creating a glowing effect that effective serves the work's central themes of transformation, dreams, and the passage of time.
The Summer 2016 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#143) is hitting newsstands and subscriber mailboxes next week. It comes bundled with the just-published 2016 edition of New Glass Review (#37), a special subscriber bonus at no additonal charge (the special GLASS plus New Glass Review bundle is also available at select newsstands, but at a higher cover price). Gracing the cover of the new edition of GLASS is a striking work by hot sculptor Martin Janecky, who has built on the advances of William Morris and his collaborative team, and added his own techniques to take three-dimensional glass into portraiture, with new levels of detail and precision. Students flock to Janecky’s classes, awed by his ability to sculpt full-scale human busts in real time, statues emerging magically while the glass is still hot on the pipe. Contributing editor John Drury experiences the magic by sitting for a portrait by the rising Czech star as part of his research for this article, which examines how Janecky is moving into more complex rendering of human form while developing a rationale for his highly realistic approach.
The Spring 2016 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#142) is hitting newsstands and subscriber mailboxes at a moment when virtual reality is poised to go mainstream. Devices that turn your cell phone into a headset are already shipping to curious consumers, the Sundance Film Festival highlighted interactive experiences in an exhbition called "New Frontiers," and even an organization as august as The New York Times has been releasing online reports designed to envelop users in a digital experience. More complex headsets and interactive accessories are getting ready to ship. All of the buzz about virtual reality inspired us to
This winter, share the gift of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly with friends and family. Give the latest news from the field, lavish photography of stunning new sculptures, and critical insights into the most important artwork in the medium of glass by purchasing a gift subscription at an exceptionally low price. Existing subscribers can purchase a gift subscription of GLASS for only $17 (for U.S. subscriptions only) — half the standard rate.
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly $15,000 for 2016, part of $27.7 million in arts funding the government agency is distributing to 1,126 projects across the nation next year under its "Art Works" major funding category. The Art Works program has a "focus on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields," according to the NEA announcement.
The Winter 2015-16 edition of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#141) is hitting newsstands and subscriber mailboxes this week. On the cover is a detail of an exuberant work by Tony Cragg, which was exhibited as part of the fourth iteration of Glasstress, a collateral exhibition at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Cragg is one of more than 150 contemporary artists who have taken Adriano Berengo up on the offer to come to his Murano studios to realize work in glass with the assistance of a team of highly skilled glass masters. Cragg exhibited work at the very first Glastress in 2009, his participation giving the event added prestige as he also represented his native Britain in the main Venice Biennale in 1988. Cragg chooses materials for their ability to behave according to a set of rules and processes, building up cross sections into sculptures that vibrate with rotational energy, which is especially appropriate for working with glass, something he's done since his early works with found objects. Cragg's untitled work on the cover is a fitting image for the new issue which features artists who embrace the material's unique properties and process in service of very different visions.
John Perreault, the former executive director of UrbanGlass, died on September 6, 2015. from complications of gastrointestinal surgery. He was 78 years old. From 1993 to 1995, Perreault served as artistic director of UrbanGlass, and was appointed executive director in 1995, a position which he maintained until 2002. He was also the curator of the Robert Lehman Gallery at UrbanGlass, as well as the editor of GLASS Quarterly magazine. Perreault was a poet and a painter, but was probably best known as the chief art critic for the Village Voice and SoHo Weekly News, as well as a regular contributor to ARTnews. He was also senior curator at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on State Island, as well as the Everson Museum and the American Craft Museum. Perreault championed many art movements from feminist art to realism, pattern and decoration movement art and performance art. An early translator of conceptual art, his reviews were legendary, and thankfully devoid of “art speak.”