Dedicant 8

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Object Name: 
Dedicant 8
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Overall H: 121.6 cm, W: 35.9 cm, D: 25.7 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
2nd Rakow Commission, purchased with funds from the Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
Howard Ben Tré’s sculptures are inspired by elements of architecture and industry, such as columns, heavy stone fragments, ancient monoliths, and machine parts. In Dedicant 7 and Dedicant 8, a visual tension is created between the shapes of the sculptures, which are blocky and architectural, and their textured surfaces and luminous colors. A gilded base, as well as bars of carved and gilded lead inserted into the glass mass, transforms these sculptures into altarlike monuments. A sense of ritual also may also be perceived in Dedicant 11, a large, mysterious vessel that is influenced by the monumental stone urns of ancient Greece and Rome.
Ben Tre, Howard (American, 1949-2020), Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass with aqua patination, gold, lead, gilding, brass; cast in sand mold, sandblasted, cut, ground, inlaid with gilded lead. Vertical, squared ribbed and notched column; solid, vertical four-sided column with overall slightly irregular surfaces, tapers in towards base; top flat edge is step-notched in an approximately 2" recession and gilded (also sealed); broad sides are slightly concave towards base, overall pattern; of narrow horizontal grooves gilded and patinated on protruding edges; short sides have vertical wide groove extending from approximately 1/6 distance from top to base, groove is lined with bar of lead patinated aqua and brown, at base lead is covered with square metal plate attached with two screws; flat glass base with attaching metal plate hardware.
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Casting Poetic Sentiment: Glass Art Creation Methodology (2008) illustrated, p. 177. fig. 220; BIB# 107146
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 20, 114-115 (fig. 31, plate 33); BIB# 107478
1950'den gunumuze cam heykel sanati (2007) illustrated, p. 87, #137; BIB# 120378
Hikari no shouchu: sekai no garasu = The glass (1992) p. 175, #291; BIB# 58995
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 232-233, pl. 108; BIB# 33819
Recent Important Acquisitions, 30 (1988) illustrated, p. 121, #54; BIB# AI20606
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1987 (1988) illustrated, pp. 6, 16-17; BIB# AI96382