California Loop Series 1969 #29

California Loop Series 1969 #29

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Object Name: 
California Loop Series 1969 #29
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Overall H: 15.2 cm, W: 50.8 cm, D: 36 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
A pioneer of the American Studio Glass movement, Lipofsky has promoted the use of blown glass for sculpture since the 1960s, and he has had a lasting influence on the development of studio glass in the United States and around the world. Throughout his career, he has focused on the execution of artistic ideas in glass, searching for ways to subvert the traditional associations between blown glass and functionality by exploring sculptural forms. The California Loop Series is one of Lipofsky’s groundbreaking blown glass sculptures. Like other studio glass pioneers of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the artist uses a variety of materials in his sculpture. He coats his blown glass with a rainbow-like iridescence. He also applies Christmas tree flocking, a kind of spray-on fake snow that comes in a variety of colors.
Barry Friedman Ltd., Source
Primary Description: 
Green glass, blown, iridized, hot-worked, and sand-blasted. Applied rayon flocking and epoxy. Elongated abstract shape composed of two pieces. One piece is made of green blown and sandblasted glass with one rounded end and a thick, elongated and twisted neck. The second piece, which is made of blown glass that has been iridized and decorated with applied purple flocking, is a bulbous, waisted form with a short thick neck and nipple-shaped end. The two pieces are joined together at the flocking, where there is a white epoxy “patch.”
Venice and American Studio Glass
Stanze del Vetro 2020-03-29 through 2020-07-26
The exhibition Venice and American Studio Glass gathers together outstanding examples of contemporary art, craft, and design in glass by American artists. Organized by the Stanze del Vetro in Venice, Italy, this exhibition is the first to closely examine the impact of traditional Venetian glassworking techniques and the Venetian aesthetic on American studio glass made from the 1960s to the present. Venice and American Studio Glass explores the impact of Venetian traditions on contemporary American art in glass, the impact of American artists on Venice, and how American and Venetian artists renewed the creativity and vibrancy of a historic glass language. The exhibition is curated for the Stanze del Vetro by Tina Oldknow and William Warmus, both former curators of contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue with a critical essay by William Warmus, a historical essay by Tina Oldknow, and other important perspectives by Venetian glass historian Rosa Barovier Mentasti, American glass historian Howard Lockwood, and American artist and independent curator Kim Harty. Two exhibition artists who have been highly influential in the development of American studio glass are James Carpenter, who is designing the catalogue, and Dan Dailey, who is designing the exhibition at the Stanze del Vetro in Venice.
Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design
Museum of Modern Art 2011-10-12 through 2012-01-15
Memorial Art Gallery of The University of Rochester 2012-02-25 through 2012-05-20
Crafting Modernism covers a 25-year period that begins with the craftsman-designers of the 1940s and 1950s, and concludes in 1969 with innovative works that upended traditional concepts of craft, and included humor, psychological content, and social commentary in provocative and unique works of art.
Venice and American Studio Glass (2020) illustrated, p. 21 (fig. 14);
Venice and American Studio Glass (2020) illustrated, p. 21 (fig. 14);
Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American art and design (2011) illustrated, p. 259 no. 195; BIB# 124232
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 13, 56-57 (fig. 15, plate 4); BIB# 107478