In 2013 ArtPalmBeach will honor Lino Tagliapietra as the Visionary Award recipient.
Recently lauded with two Doctorates, Lino Tagliapietra is one of the world’s most accomplished artists working with glass. This year, the Visionary Award will be presented to Tagliapietra, whose career has made an outstanding contribution to enriching the international art world. The artist emulates the dedication and unwavering commitment to the artistic medium of glass with accomplishments acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers, and the general public.
Lino Tagliapietra has been an independent artist since 1989, exhibiting in museums around the globe, receiving countless honors, openly sharing his far-reaching knowledge of the medium and his skill as one of its finest practitioners, and helping to create a new renaissance in studio glassmaking. As James Yood, adjunct professor of art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and regular contributor to GLASS magazine wrote, “there are probably no two words more respected and honored in the history of modern sculpture in glass than ‘Lino Tagliapietra’; he is the living bridge, the crucial link between the august history of Venetian glass and the ceaseless wonders of what today we call the modern Studio Glass Movement”.
Truly a visionary artist, Tagliapietra is not one to rest on his past accomplishments and he continues to be inspired to work on new concepts
and designs. Alternating between a variety of blown vessel forms and patterns, the artist’s passion has driven him to create his ideas with large scale fused glass panels all using ancient Roman and Venetian techniques. The artist transforms all these techniques in his artistic expressions.
Techniques are very important to Tagliapietra who thinks every new thing derived from the old. For this panel, Irene, the artist found his inspiration from European cultures which used the art of icon and mosaic, and created the image with his beloved material – glass.
Burano, a colorful island not far away from Murano, is where Tagliapietra’s family came from. Inspired by its vibrantly colored houses that are recognized as a cultural treasure, the
artist captured the “rainbow” island in a series of fused glass panels with an emphasis on the color holding onto the sensibility of the island. Bold graphic design, the artist’s use of color and spatial relationships combine in the various panels evoking the colorful houses that populate the canals of this Venetian island where the artist pays homage.
Lino Tagliapietra has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions and is represented in a global assortment of museums and art institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai, China, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. Last fall at SOFA Chicago, Schantz Galleries placed a major panel at the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin. This past July, the Columbus Museum of Art, in Ohio acquired Tagliapietra’s glass installation Endeavor, a large scale installation that captures Lino’s love of glass. This armada of thirty-five boats suspended from the ceiling has become an iconic part of the Museum’s collection
Schantz Galleries is proud to present, The Art of Lino Tagliapietra at Art Palm Beach, January 24-28, 2013.