Portrait of Vladimir Kopecky

Portrait of Vladimir Kopecky

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Object Name: 
Portrait of Vladimir Kopecky
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Overall L: 27.5 cm, W: 23.4 cm, D: 5.7 cm
On Display
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10th Rakow Commission, purchased with funds from the Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
"Our designs are always based on life studies. Even if the design is abstract, we believe that everything comes from life, and so the proportions are always human." –Jiří Harcuba. Jiří Harcuba specializes in portraiture. A renowned engraver and teacher, he uses sculptural and optical effects to create the facial features of his subjects. This work commemorates the Czech artist Vladimír Kopecký. For Harcuba, Kopecký represents freedom in art and in glass, and he depicts the artist with a mass of energetic cuts. “By engraving,” Jiří Harcuba said, “we leave traces, traces of ourselves.” A specialist in portraits in glass, Harcuba worked in an abstract style inspired by the pureness and simplicity of prehistoric art. His portraits were of friends and historical people that he admired; he enjoyed discovering individuals through the careful looking that it takes to make a portrait. In this double portrait, Harcuba portrays Václav Havel (Czech, 1936–2011)—the prominent playwright, poet, and political dissident—with minimal, spare cuts. An inspiring leader, Havel is a symbol of political and personal freedom. After the fall of communism in 1989, he was president of Czechoslovakia (1989–1992) and then the Czech Republic (1993–2003) during its important first decade of independence. The other personality that Harcuba commemorates is the respected artist Vladimír Kopecký (Czech, b. 1931), whom he depicts with a mass of energetic cuts. An innovator and an accomplished painter and sculptor in glass and mixed media, Kopecký represents freedom in art and in glass.
Harcuba, Jiri (Czech 1928-2013), Source
Vladimir Kopecky _ Rakow Commission 1995
on one side of bottom of base
on one short side
Primary Description: 
Plaque, "Portrait of Vladimir Kopecky". Colorless glass; cast, engraved.
Charlotte Potter and April Surgent: Cameo Glass in Context
Wichita Art Museum 2018-06-09 through 2018-09-30
“Charlotte Potter and April Surgent: Cameo Glass in Context,” organized by the Wichita Art Museum in Wichita, Kansas, focuses on the work of these two contemporary cameo makers in context of their historical precedents. The exhibition, curated by guest curator Vicki Halper, formerly of the Seattle Art Museum, will feature ancient and European historical examples of glass cameos, alongside Charlotte and April’s work. The Wichita Art Museum has a small, but growing collection of glass with an emphasis on Steuben, supported by the F. Price Cossman Trust. In addition to providing context for the exhibition overall, some of the requested pieces, especially those by George Woodall, have particular resonance for individual works by either of the two contemporary artists. The show is scheduled to open at the Wichita Art Museum on June 9th, 2018 and run through October 30th, 2018. There are no other venues planned.
Corning Museum of Glass
Sculpture Gallery
Corning Museum of Glass 2003-03-20 through 2003-09-01
West Bridge Show
Jurors' Choice (2014) illustrated, p. 84, bottom right; BIB# AI98391
2010 Summer Exhibitions (2010) illustrated, p. 2, # 1;
Jiri Harcuba (2008) illustrated, p. 25, 124; BIB# 124228
Jiri Harcuba (2007) illustrated, p. 5; BIB# 104062
The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass (2001) illustrated, p. 15 (3rd from top); BIB# 65445
Artists and Objects = Künstler und Objekte (1996) illustrated, p. 17 (#28); BIB# 720482
Recent Important Acquisitions, 38 (1996) illustrated, p. 265, #70, left; BIB# AI97737
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1995 (1996) illustrated, p. 5; BIB# AI95180