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Lino Tagliapietra: Il Bianco e il Nero

William Traver Gallery
Seattle WA – Feb 8–Mar 2, 2008

Lino Tagliapietra: A Modern Renaissance
in Glass

Museum of Glass
Tacoma WA – Feb 23–Aug 24

Lino Tagliapietra - Borneo

Lino Tagliapietra, Borneo, blown glass [William Traver Gallery, Seattle WA, Feb 8-Mar 2]

Lino Tagliapietra, an eminent figure distinguished for his extraordinary skill and influence on the contemporary world of glass art was born and trained in Murano, Italy, a centre for traditional glassmaking. Tagliapietra came to Seattle in 1979 to teach at the Pilchuck Glass School having an unprecedented effect on American glass artists and the what is known as the Studio Glass Movement. Two exhibitions highlight his work, both past and present.

In Seattle, Traver Gallery is presenting Tagliapietra’s latest body of work which is a quieting departure from his typical palette of vivid saturated hues. Il Bianco e Il Nero is an elegant series done exclusively in white, black and clear glass. The monochromatic simplification emphasizes Tagliapietra’s controlled labyrinth of sophisticated cane work, revealing delicate textures that appear to be woven within graceful forms.

Lino Tagliapietra - Corinto

Lino Tagliapietra, Corinto, blown glass [William Traver Gallery, Seattle WA, Feb 8-Mar 2]

Exposing the organic qualities of glass Tagliapietra distills the medium into not only an immaculate purity of balanced form, but into a sensitive work of art that points to the sublime connection between the liquidy medium and it’s essence in nature. Radiant vessels evoke patterns of rippling water, the sheen of crystalline frost and the tranquility of moonlight.

In Tacoma, The Museum of Glass hosts the first retrospective of Tagliapietra’s work, spanning over 40 years of his career. Pieces range from his well known contemporary vessels, to objects and designs created for the industry, and works from personal and private collections that have never before been exhibited. The impressive exhibition includes over 150 pieces and will be travelling nationally until 2010. In conjunction with this exhibition, Tagliapietra will be at the Museum’s hot shop for a number of days in February and there are a series of events planned around this show and an extensive catalogue is available.


Allyn Cantor

Lino Tagliapietra - Picadilly

Lino Tagliapietra, Picadilly, blown glass [William Traver Gallery, Seattle WA, Feb 8-Mar 2]

 Fri, Feb 8, 2008