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Stained Glass Panel
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Overall H: 66.7 cm, W: 33.4 cm, Th: 1.6 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Throughout her work, Schaechter depicts characters experiencing suffering, loss, and redemption. Nedotykompectomy, a made-up word, was directly inspired by a 15th-century painting by Hieronymus Bosch that shows a patient undergoing a lobotomy. In this panel, a bound, bleeding individual has a small figure plucked from its forehead by a disembodied hand descending from above, much as the hand of God is depicted in early European painting. The Punk/Gothic style of Schaechter’s characters recalls the anxious but beautiful figures of medieval art, as well as early 20th-century German Expressionist painting.
Schaechter, Judith (American, b. 1961), Source
Primary Description: 
Stained Glass Panel, “Nedotykompectomy.” Multi-colored (largely deep red, cobalt blue, and black) sheet glass, vitreous paint, Swarovski crystals, lead came and copper foil; cut, sandblasted, assembled. Vertical rectangular panel; leaded panel with overall linear drawing; panel format consists of internal vertical section framed by narrow band of leaded cobalt, in turn framed by a wider band of small squares and rectangles etched or sandblasted to depict parts of the body (brain, teeth, eye, heart, or red veining); central panel has paired and etched image of a small node with outstretched arms standing on an open hand attached to arm that extends into picture plane from outside border; a second arm with closed hand extends in from opposite side to touch the turned head of a large, double-plated figure with closed eyes, bound hands, straight legs that extend to corners with feet with upturned soles; applied overall red crystal drops applied to head and torso; unsigned.
The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art
Memorial Art Gallery of The University of Rochester 2020-02-15 through 2020-05-24
Toledo Museum of Art 2020-10-03 through 2021-01-03
Des Moines Art Center 2021-02-12 through 2021-05-23
The Path to Paradise is the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist’s 37-year career. Organized by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, the exhibition will be on view in Rochester from February 15 through May 24, 2020, after which it will travel to two additional venues in the United States. Drawn from both private and institutional collections, The Path to Paradise will feature approximately 45 of Judith Schaechter’s stained-glass panels along with a selection of related drawings and process materials. Judith Schaechter (b. 1961) has stretched the medium of stained glass into a potent and incisive art form for the 21st century, boldly paving her path in the diverse arena of contemporary art. Her work is represented in over a dozen museums including the Museum of Art and Design, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Toledo Museum of Art, and in major exhibitions around the world. In addition, through her extensive teaching, she has furthered her influence to her peers and younger generations of artists. Her awards include two NEA Visual Artists’ Fellowships, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a USA Artists Rockefeller Fellow, and an American Craft Council College of Fellows Award. Lead support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional funding from the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, Pamela Miller Ness and Paul Marc Ness, and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. The exhibition is also made possible by the Margaret Davis Friedlich and Alan and Sylvia Davis Memorial Fund, the John D. Greene Endowment for Contemporary Exhibitions, the Grant Holcomb Endowment, and the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund. The exhibition is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding has been provided by: Robert A. and Maureen S. Dobies Endowment Fund Irving and Essie Germanow Fund Kayser Fund Elizabeth and Eric Rennert Family Fund
Glass 1
Temple Gallery 1987-03 through 1987-03
Title Unknown (Nexus Gallery)
Nexus Gallery 1986 through 1986
The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter's Stained-Glass Art (2020) illustrated, pp. 39, 73;
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 23, 108-109 (fig. 38, plate 30); BIB# 107478
Extra Virgin: The Stained Glass of Judith Schaechter (2006) illustrated, p. 26; BIB# 97786