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CMA Acquires Lino Tagliapietra Glass Installation

We’re thrilled to announce that the Columbus Museum of Art has acquired Lino Tagliapietra’s glass installation Endeavor, an astounding and luminous work that magically captures Lino’s love of glass.  This armada of thirty-five boats suspended from the ceiling has become an iconic part of the Museum’s collection.

The purchase was made possible through the generosity of Museum donors, with a lead gift from Geraldine Schottenstein Hoffman. Additional support provided by Tom Davis and Anonymous, Pamela and Jack Beeler Family, Loann W. Crane, Howard Fradkin and Peter Kengeter, Barry Friedman and and Susanne Cobey Friedman, Fishel Foundation, Beth Loew, D. Scott Owens and Kevin J. Kowalski, Louise and Lake Polan, Stephen and Orlene Shimberg, Nannette and Sandy Solomon, and Jane H. Zimmerman.

Endeavor, on loan from the artist, featured prominently in CMA’s newly installed galleries when CMA unveiled its renovated building to the public on January 1, 2011. Endeavor was first displayed at CMA in 2003 as part of the traveling retrospective exhibition Concerto in Glass: The Art of Lino Tagliapietra organized by the Museum.  Inspired by the annual Festival of Saints, a city-wide ceremony that symbolizes Venice’s connection to the sea, Endeavor was an instant hit with CMA visitors and has become a beloved part of the Museum’s “great experiences.”

Lino was born in 1934 on the island of Murano, a locus of glassblowing whose history dates back to 1291.  At the age of twelve, Lino apprenticed with the glass master Archimede Seguso.  Nine years later, at the age of twenty-one, he earned the rank of maestro (master).

For the next twenty-five years, Lino worked in association with a number of Murano’s top glass factories, including Vetreria Galliano Ferro, Venini & Cie, La Murrina, Effretre Int’l., and EOS Design nel Vetro.  His influence on the American art glass studio movement is primarily attributed to his collaborations with Dale Chihuly.  In 1968, Chihuly visited Murano and studied with Lino as well as other glass masters.  In 1979, Lino traveled to America to teach at the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State where he shared invaluable knowledge about glassblowing techniques that previously had been guarded trade secrets.  In the 1980s, Lino entered into the studio artist world after over a decade of traveling, teaching, and working with studio artists worldwide.  Today Tagliapietra is acknowledged as one of the leading masters of the contemporary art glass movement.

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12 for 12: Christopher Ries

In the next of our 12 for 12 series in celebration of the Columbus Bicentennial, we feature native Columbus glass artist Christopher Ries.

While bow fishing as a child in Little Darby Creek, glass artist Christopher Ries was fascinated by the optical illusions created by light underwater. Ever since, Ries has been seeking to share his discoveries into the mystery of light as revealed through the medium of glass. Guided by this “inner necessity,” a phrase borrowed from Wassily Kandinsky, Ries sought material of increasing optical purity for his sculptures. Having found a lead crystal that transmits 99.8 percent of the light that strikes it, Ries has worked to create larger and more ambitious pieces.

Clearly Ries takes pride in his ability to create monumental pieces from cast crystal blocks. But there is a more profound reason for his fascination with scale. With a grander, more ambitious scale, the viewer can more readlily “enter” the piece and can set up an “I-Thou” relationship with it, eliciting the desired aesthetic and spiritual experience. Through the reflective power of glass, Ries combines his love of nature with his technology skills to create breathtakingly beautiful, deceptively simple, yet complex forms that pull the viewer into an intimate world of images that dance and soar within the sculpture.

Ries grew up on a farm in Central Ohio. He attended OSU and earned a BFA in ceramics and blown glass works, before he went on to earn his MFA at the University of Wisconsin where he assisted Harvey Littleton, the founder of the American Studio glass movement. Ries’ works have been displayed around the world. His major glass piece, Opus, greets travelers at Port Columbus International Airport as they are flying out or coming home. Currently Ries serves as the artist in residency for Schott Glass Technologies in Pennsylvania.

Ries’ work will be part of our upcoming exhibition Celebrating Glass: The 50th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement, which opens at Columbus Museum of Art on May 11, 2012.

Above image: Lotus by Christopher Ries, 1987.