Stars and Stripes Acid Capsule #4

Stars and Stripes Acid Capsule #4

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Object Name: 
Stars and Stripes Acid Capsule #4
Accession Number: 
Overall L: 12.2 cm, Diam (max): 4.4 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist in memory of Ludovico Diaz de Santillana
Web Description: 
As a student, Marquis’s visit to the famous Venini glassworks on Murano led to his first project using Venetian glassworking techniques, which was making murrine in the stars and stripes of the American flag. He was the first American artist to interpret these historic techniques through the lense of contemporary culture. In their allusion to the popular hallucinogen, LSD, the Stars and Stripes Acid Capsules were meant to be subversive. Marquis's interest in the flag reflected the political climate in the United States at that time, when American flags were regularly burned and otherwise desecrated. A self-described glassblower and collector of beat-up objects, Marquis has made work that ranges from commentary on contemporary art and folk culture to social, art, and glass history. Like the outsider artists that he admires, his pieces are elements, almost by-products, of an elaborate universe under construction.
Marquis, Richard (American, b. 1945), Source
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Stars and Stripes Acid Capsule #4". Opaque white, transparent blue and red glass; hot-worked murrine, a canne and incalmo technique. Solid cylindrical capsule-shaped sculpture decorated with the stars and stripes of the American flag.
Venice and American Studio Glass
Stanze del Vetro 2020-03-29 through 2020-07-26
The exhibition Venice and American Studio Glass gathers together outstanding examples of contemporary art, craft, and design in glass by American artists. Organized by the Stanze del Vetro in Venice, Italy, this exhibition is the first to closely examine the impact of traditional Venetian glassworking techniques and the Venetian aesthetic on American studio glass made from the 1960s to the present. Venice and American Studio Glass explores the impact of Venetian traditions on contemporary American art in glass, the impact of American artists on Venice, and how American and Venetian artists renewed the creativity and vibrancy of a historic glass language. The exhibition is curated for the Stanze del Vetro by Tina Oldknow and William Warmus, both former curators of contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue with a critical essay by William Warmus, a historical essay by Tina Oldknow, and other important perspectives by Venetian glass historian Rosa Barovier Mentasti, American glass historian Howard Lockwood, and American artist and independent curator Kim Harty. Two exhibition artists who have been highly influential in the development of American studio glass are James Carpenter, who is designing the catalogue, and Dan Dailey, who is designing the exhibition at the Stanze del Vetro in Venice.
Corning Museum of Glass 2013-02-16 through 2014-02-02
This exhibition is part of the Corning Museum’s ongoing Masters of Studio Glass series developed to provide a platform for in-depth surveys of artists represented in the Museum’s permanent collection.
Objects: USA 2020 (2020) illustrated, p. 56 (bottom);
Venice and American Studio Glass (2020) illustrated, pp. 24 (fig. 30), 109 (fig. 2), 146, 347;
Corning Exhibit shines light on work of glass pioneer Marquis (2013-02-14) illustrated, p. 3;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 40; BIB# AI94590
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2012 (2013) illustrated, p.48, #34; BIB# AI95675
Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Marquis (2012) illustrated, p. 5; BIB# AI93447