Master of Beauty
November 10 through January 20, 2019
On view in the Atrium, Blackmon, and Weil Galleries
Lino Tagliapietra said, “I think in glass. I think about the material, the fire, the technique, the movement.” His thoughts become the basis for extraordinary sculptures, a selection of which will be on view in Lino Tagliapietra: Master of Beauty.
Tagliapietra (Italian, born 1934) combines techniques, colors, motifs, and forms he mastered as a glassblower in the factories of his native Murano, Italy, with innovative ideas gathered from his travels, teaching, and encounters with American Studio Glass artists. The works he produced since the beginning of his artistic career in 1959 are stunning explorations that transform his concepts into fluid sculptural forms.
His mastery of glass—stretching and bending it into elongated shapes and creating intricate surfaces, both smooth and etched—demonstrates his depth of understanding of the material. These elements, merged with his characteristic inventiveness, established Tagliapietra as an artist who has had a profound impact on glassmaking over the course of his long and distinguished career.
Lino Tagliapietra: Master of Beauty features more than 40 pieces created over the last 20 years with examples from several of his most important series, including Batman, Dinosaur, and his wall installations.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing, Alabama
Laura and Barrie Harmon
Dawn and Adam Schloss
Special thanks to Charles and Winifred Stakely
This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.
Lino Tagliapietra, Fenice, 2011, free-blown glass, Photograph by Russell Johnson, courtesy of the Schantz Galleries
Lino Tagliapietra, Batman, 2006, free-blown glass, Photograph by Russell Johnson, courtesy of the Schantz Galleries
Lino Tagliapietra, Dinosaur, 2006, free-blown glass, Photograph by Russell Johnson, courtesy of the Schantz Galleries
Lino Tagliapietra, Chicago, 2015, free-blown glass, Photograph by Russell Johnson, courtesy of the Schantz Galleries