Upward Undulation

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Object Name: 
Upward Undulation
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Overall H: 161.5 cm; Base W: 60.9 cm
On Display
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Purchased with the aid of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts
Web Description: 
Harvey Littleton (b. 1922), son of the Corning Glass Works scientist Jesse Littleton, was a teaching ceramist before he turned his attention to glassblowing. Inspired by the pioneering work in ceramics of the California potter Peter Voulkos, Littleton started experimenting with hot glass in his studio in 1958. His efforts culminated in the 1962 Toledo glassblowing workshops, which he led with Dominick Labino. Littleton then initiated a glass program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Glass programs were subsequently introduced into art school curricula nationwide, initially through Littleton’s energetic and talented students. Littleton’s sculpture is characterized by rounded, thick blown shapes, often of alternating layers of color. Upward Undulation, made of slumped sheet glass, is an unusual example, but it is typical of the artist’s interest in capturing the dynamic, fluid quality of glass.
Littleton, Harvey K. (American, 1922-2013), Source
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Upward Undulation". Transparent light yellow glass; kiln-formed sheet glass; aluminum base.
Corning Museum of Glass 2011-11-17 through 2013-01-06
West Bridge show at CMoG
Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass 2012 (2011-12) illustrated, p. 9;
Harvey K. Littleton: A Life in Glass (2011) p. 95; BIB# 127267
1950'den gunumuze cam heykel sanati (2007) illustrated, p. 23, #25; BIB# 120378
Le verre du XXe siècle (2006) illustrated, p. 191 (right); BIB# 103157
Sklo 20. Stoleti (2005) illustrated, p. 191, right; BIB# 100097
Glas des 20 Jahrhunderts (2005) illustrated, p. 191 (right); BIB# 95989
DK Collector's Guides: 20th Century Glass (2004) illustrated, p. 191; BIB# 79746
20th-century Glass (2004) illustrated, p. 193; BIB# 100097
20th-century Glass (2004) illustrated, p. 191; BIB# 79746