The Conversationalist

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Object Name: 
The Conversationalist
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Overall H: 70.7 cm, W: 71.8 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
In this work, the artist shows us an empty room in which we imagine that some sort of action has occurred or will occur. A table with a pair of eyeglasses is placed opposite a window through which we see blue sky. One square of sky has slid out of its window frame, exposing the artifice of this environment that we may have perceived as genuine. This image is about questioning, or seeing beyond, the realities that are presented to us.
Marioni, Paul (American, b. 1941), Source
Primary Description: 
Translucent blue and white streaky opalescent glasses, transparent brown glass and colorless sheet glass; kiln-formed, cut, enameled; assembled by lead came, sandblasted, photo silk screened, fired enamels, with wooden frame; found eyeglasses. Window depicts a room interior with photo silk screened table cloth and sandblasted wooden grain glass walls; small nine-section window with middle pane in bottom row sliding out of frame; pair of wire rim glasses attached to tablecloth in lower right corner.
Thirty Years of New Glass, 1957-1987
Corning Museum of Glass 1987-05-16 through 1987-10-25
Toledo Museum of Art 1988-01-10 through 1988-02-21
GLAS als Materiel der bildenden Kunst seit 1960 (2015) illustrated, p. 104;
Glas als Material der bildenden Kunst seit 1960 (2015) illustrated, p. 104; BIB# 146034
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 24, 68-69 (fig. 41, plate 10); BIB# 107478
Modern and contemporary art glass (2006) illustrated, slide 82; BIB# 130418
Stained Glass: Jewels of Light (1988) illustrated, p. 115; BIB# 59584
The Collector Museum of Contemporary Crafts (1974-08) p. 55;