Composition XXXI

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Object Name: 
Composition XXXI
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 75.7 cm, W: 74.7 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the use of stained glass for decorative windows and signs became increasingly popular in the United States. However, American studio glass artists saw more artistic potential for this traditional medium. Because their new work went beyond conventional stained glass techniques, materials, and concepts, this category of two-dimensional glassworking became known as “flat” glass. Robert Kehlmann and other San Francisco Bay area artists, such as Paul Marioni and Narcissus Quagliata, have explored new ways of working with flat glass. In Composition XXXI, Kehlmann uses the leaded glass panel as a “canvas” for an abstract composition in color and light.
Kehlmann, Robert (American, b. 1942), Source
RK #31 4/75
Primary Description: 
Opalescent, opaque white and blue sheet glass, cut; lead came; assembled.
Masterpieces of American Glass
Museum of Applied Arts 1990-07-27 through 1990-09-02
State Hermitage Museum 1990-09-15 through 1990-10-21
Museum of the State Institute of Glass 1990-11-02 through 1991-01-04
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 16, 74-75 (fig. 23, plate 13); BIB# 107478
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) pp. 72, 96, pl. 117; BIB# 33046