Anthem of Joy in Glass

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Object Name: 
Anthem of Joy in Glass
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Overall H: 99.5 cm, W: 95.1 cm, D: 101.6 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of Art Centrum
Web Description: 
Borosilicate glass is commonly known in the United States as Pyrex. This sculpture by Věra Lišková was made by heating glass tubes, inflating and manipulating the hot glass over a torch to create the individual spiky elements, and then sealing the elements to one another with a torch. Věra Lišková was a talented designer who pioneered the use of borosilicate glass for sculpture. Traditionally, borosilicate glass is used for figurines that are fashioned by artists using a small torch. In the late 1960s, Lišková began to make abstract sculptures and sculptures of animals in glass that, over the years, gradually increased in size. Anthem of Joy was the most ambitious work of Lišková’s long career. Inspired by the form of musical notes, the sculpture communicates the emotion and energy of harmonious sound.
Art Centrum, Source
Vera Liskova / 1977
Signed: "Vera Liskova / 1977".
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Anthem of Joy in Glass". Colorless borosilicate glass; flameworked.
Corning Museum of Glass
Sculpture Gallery
New Glass: A Worldwide Survey
Corning Museum of Glass 1979 through 1979
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Renwick Gallery
Toledo Museum of Art
New Glass (2019) illustrated, p. 12 (right); BIB# 716251
Il Vetro a Lume = Lampworking (2018) illustrated, v. 3, p. 73 (fig. 400);
La escultura en vidrio (2017) illustrated, p. 71 (fig. 2.26);
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 112-113; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 112-113; BIB# 135965
International Scientific Glassblowers Exposition (2012) illustrated, p. 24; BIB# 130729
Layering Creative Virtues onto an Object, Part 2: Survey (2009-05) illustrated, p. 11;
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 44, 78-79 (fig. 90, plate 15); BIB# 107478
Casting Poetic Sentiment: Glass Art Creation Methodology (2008) illustrated, p. 28, fig. 26; BIB# 107146
Jurors' Choice (2007) illustrated, p. 88; BIB# AI75161
Arte de vidriocontemporaneo usando el soplete (2006) illustrated, p. 31, bottom;
Modern and contemporary art glass (2006) illustrated, slide 89; BIB# 130418
Contemporary Lampworking: A Practical guide to Shaping Glass in the Flame (1997) illustrated, p. 9;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 22 (1980) illustrated, p. 102, #56; BIB# AI98082
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1979 (1980) illustrated, pp. 7, 12; BIB# AI97143
New Glass: A Worldwide Survey (1979) illustrated, pp. 136-137, #125; BIB# 20603