Head I

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Object Name: 
Head I
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Overall H: 35.5 cm, W: 10.7 cm, D: 14.7 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
This sculpture is an early example of the pioneering work of Libenský and Brychtová in cast glass. The sculpture is inspired by contemporary abstract painting, sculpture, and tribal art rather than the history of decorative figurines in glass.
Skloexport, Liberec, Source
Primary Description: 
Greenish glass; mold-melted, ground and polished.
Rakow Library, Corning Museum of Glass
New Glass Now | Context provides a glimpse of the history behind our current exhibition, New Glass Now by exploring the Museum’s Glass 1959 and New Glass: A Worldwide Survey (1979) exhibitions and the 40-year run of the contemporary glass journal New Glass Review. While contemporary glass has changed dramatically over the past 60 years, the purpose and method behind the New Glass exhibitions and New Glass Review have remained faithful to the formula developed in 1959 by Thomas S. Buechner, the Museum’s founding director. Since its inception, New Glass has used a democratic curatorial model made up of an open, international call for submissions, responses from artists around the world, and the selections of a panel of diverse thought leaders in art, craft, and design. The first two exhibitions in the series, Glass 1959 and New Glass: A Worldwide Survey (1979) brought unprecedented critical and popular attention to the material, its makers, and designers. As the first exhibition to showcase international contemporary glass, Glass 1959 created the field and laid the foundation for the blossoming of the Studio Glass movement. Twenty years later, New Glass: A Worldwide Survey revolutionized it, spurring individual and institutional collecting across the globe, garnering new scholarly attention, and promoting continued artistic innovation. New Glass Now | Context celebrates the partnership between the Museum, glass artists, expert selectors in the fields of art, craft, and design, and the public that animates the field of contemporary glass. The exhibition pairs archival photographs and glass objects displayed in the 1959 and 1979 exhibitions to show how The Corning Museum of Glass introduced the world to glass as an artist’s medium and made contemporary glass visible. Museum visitors also have the opportunity to step into the shoes of the selectors and choose their favorites from an abundance of glass objects and images of glass objects. This behind-the-scenes look at curating the New Glass exhibitions and publishing New Glass Review reveals the diversity of contemporary glass and the choices selectors have made in defining the field.
Corning Museum of Glass 2002-05-16 through 2002-10-21
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library 2003-02-28 through 2003-09-28
Corning Incorporated Gallery
Glass 1959: A Special Exhibition of International Contemporary Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 1959 through 1959
New Glass (2019) illustrated, p. 12 (2nd from left); BIB# 716251
New Glass Now: 40th-Anniversary Issue of New Glass Review (2019) illustrated, pp. 6-7;
New Glass Is Not New (2019) illustrated, pp. 6-7; BIB# 720421
Mid-Century Modern: Living with Mid-Century Modern Design (2018) illustrated, p. 133;
La escultura en vidrio (2017) illustrated, p. 192 (fig. 4.23);
Glass: Virtual, Real (2016) illustrated, p. 82; BIB# 167899
CTbK_OTO KATO N3KYCTBO (2014) illustrated, p. 70, left; BIB# 142483
Mid-Century Modern (2012) illustrated, p. 133;
Eclats! Le musee se met au verre ... contemporain (2011) illustrated, p. 23, illustration 13;
Transparent Destiny (2008-09) illustrated, p. 63;
Casting Poetic Sentiment: Glass Art Creation Methodology (2008) illustrated, p. 77, fig. 94; BIB# 107146
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p.10, 50-51 (fig. 8, plate 1); BIB# 107478
Seminar focuses on Czech glass (2005-09-03) illustrated, pp. 1c, 3c, esp. p. 1c;
Tip for the Top (2005-01) illustrated, cover;
Stanislav Libensky Jaroslava Brychtova (2002) illustrated, p. 35; pp. 40-41; BIB# 73574
Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova [electronic resource] (2002) Life in the service of art / essay by Sylva Petrová; BIB# 763867
Stanislav Libensky Jaroslava Brychtova (2002) illustrated, p. 35; pp. 40-41; BIB# 73574
Fifty Years of Paint and Glass (2001) illustrated, p. 15;
Stanislav Libensky, Jaroslava Brychtova: A 40-Year Collaboration in Glass (Antique Review) (1994-09) p. 25, ill.;
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 125, #125; BIB# 35679
Hikari no shouchu: sekai no garasu = The glass (1992) p. 142, #242; BIB# 58995
New Glass Review, 6 (1985) illustrated, p. 32, #103;
Glass 1959: A Special Exhibition of International Contemporary Glass (1959) illustrated, p. 62, pl. 28; BIB# 27614