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Less Is Sometimes More: William Morris “recomposed” Mazorca pieces allow details to come to the fore

William Morris, Mazorca (Detail), 2013. Blown glass, steel stand. H 29 12, W 12, D 8 in.

William Morris, Mazorca (Detail), 2013. Blown glass, steel stand. H 29 12, W 12, D 8 in.

When Mazorca was unveiled for a 2005 retrospective at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, it was a bid for large-scale impact on the part of William Morris, known for the ability to create convincing organic texture in glass works that celebrate and reference the earthy qualities of tribal art from around the world. At more than 8-feet tall, the assemblage of carved heads, ears of corn, gourds, and various vessels dangling from a steel armature overwhelmed the senses, a cluster of objects that looked more like ceramic and carved wood and bone, strung up by thick hand-braided rope. That it all was made from glass was astonishing, but appreciation for the technical accomplishments of the Morris team-members who developed the processes on display may have been impeded by the sheer number of objects grouped together in the piece. After the museum exhibition closed, the massive work didn’t find a buyer, and languished on the market, most recently with a price-tag of $2 million, before it was recently announced that Morris would reconfigure the pieces into a number of smaller works Continue reading

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Willam Morris to return to the glass studio (briefly) to rework Mazorca installation

William Morris is going to reconstruct his 2005 work Mazorca, originally created as a large-scale installation made for a Museum of Glass retrospective. It originally stood more than 8-feet tall.

William Morris is going to reconstruct his 2005 work Mazorca, originally created as a large-scale installation made for a Museum of Glass retrospective. It originally stood more than 8-feet tall.

Since 2007, when William Morris retired with great fanfare at the peak of his glass-artist career, he’s been spending his time perfecting his stone-carving technique in Hawaii. Meanwhile, his unique body of work in sculpted and blown glass that channels non-European ancient artifacts continues to attract the attention of collectors, and fetch record prices. One large installation, however, has not sold. Mazorca, originally displayed as part of his 2005 mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma has not found a buyer. The more-than-8-foot-tall cornucopia of dangling glass objects that look like earthenware, shells, carved bone, and wood, will be restrung in smaller compositions, according to Lewis Wexler, who will be showing these works at the Sculptural Objects Functional Art Fair in Chicago this November. Morris’s brief return to the glass art studio was confirmed by his studio manager, Holly Lyman in an email exchange. Continue reading

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Rare Frank Lloyd Wright glass window to be auctioned

One of the original glass skylight windows of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House is being auctioned on August 3rd after being stored away by a private owner for nearly half of a century. courtesy: schultz auctioneers.
One of the original glass skylight windows of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House is being auctioned on August 3rd after being stored away by a private owner for half a century. courtesy: schultz auctioneers.

On Saturday, August 3rd, a glass skylight window designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright will be sold by Schultz Auctioneers in Clarence, New York. The window, which has a pre-auction estimate of $50,000 to $100,000, originates from the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, one Wright’s best known examples of his the Prairie Style. Two Martin House windows have sold at Christie’s for $62,500 and $104,500 each in 2011. Continue reading

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Chihuly counterfeit case a cautionary tale for buying art online

Possibly a student work made while Chihuly was making the Navajo Basket series, this work was quickly discredited as an authentic Chihuly by Kate Elliott, who was one of the artists involved in the authentic groundbreaking series.

Possibly a student work made while Chihuly was making the “Navajo Blanket Cylinder” series, this work was quickly discredited as an authentic Chihuly by Kate Elliott, who was one of the artists involved in the authentic groundbreaking series.

On June 19th, a 35-year-old Renton, Washington, resident named Michael Little plead guilty in federal court to wire fraud in connection with “his scheme to advertise and sell fake Chihuly artwork,” according to U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan in an F.B.I. announcement. Little admitted he bought “generic glasswork and artwork over the Internet” and resold it, claiming that it was authentic Dale Chihuly, and making “at least $40,000” for counterfeit sales between 2011 and 2013, according to the release. Citing the October 4, 2013 sentencing date, investigators in the case declined to comment on details until after the legal proceedings were complete, but the appraiser who helped identify the works as fakes has shared some of the story with The GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet to help alert others to the market in counterfeit glass artwork. Continue reading

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William Morris works fetch record prices at recent auction

William Morris, Canopic Jar: Sable Antelope, 1995. Hand blown glass. H 48, W 12  in. courtesy: www.bonhams.com.

William Morris, Canopic Jar:
Sable Antelope, 1995. Hand blown glass. H 48, W 12 in. courtesy: bonhams

A work by William Morris entitled Sable Antelope from the “Canopic Jar” series set a new record for the artist’s work when the bidding ended at $290,500 (the price includes the buyer’s premium). The setting was the 20th Century Decorative Arts auction at Bonhams in New York City on June 14, 2013. The jar, created by Morris in 1995, sold for more than triple its pre-auction estimate, and was the standout work of the event, which also saw successful sales of Studio Glass work by Harvey Littleton ($18,750), Michael Glancy ($15,000), Paul Stankard ($22,500), Toots Zynsky ($9,375), and Stephen Rolfe Powell ($8,125) alongside decorative glass works by Gallé, Daum Nancy, Lalique, and Tiffany. Continue reading

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Lino Tagliapietra to receive award at Art Palm Beach

Lino Tagliapietra will receive the Visionary Award on Friday, January 25th, at the Art Palm Beach art fair. courtesy: schantz galleries, stockbridge, massachusetts

Lino Tagliapietra will receive the Visionary Award on Friday, January 25th, at the Art Palm Beach art fair. courtesy: schantz galleries, stockbridge, massachusetts

Art Palm Beach, which runs from January 24th through the 28th at the Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, will present Lino Tagliapietra with its Visionary Award during a ceremony on Friday, January 25th. The award presentation will be followed by a public presentation and interview with Scott Indrisek, senior executive editor of Modern Painters magazine. Continue reading

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The Pilchuck team gears up for October 12th gala, with centerpieces by Brooklyn-based Neils Cosman

Brooklyn-based artist and designer Niels Cosman’s centerpieces were made with the assistance of 24 glass artists and manage to combine loose organic form with carefully controlled process.

More than 250 works in glass will be going up for auction on Friday, October 12th, at the Westin Seattle as part of a black-tie fund-raising event that will support the educational and artistic programs at The Pilchuck Glass School for the 34th year running. In addition to the work up for live and silent bidding, there will be table centerpieces designed by Neils Cosman, who, alongside a team of 24 volunteer artists, created elegantly draped vessels that conjure up both ancient Roman glassware and the West Coast Funk movement that was a major influence in the early days of Studio Glass. Continue reading

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