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February 22, 2013

Contemporary Art and a History of Glass

February 21 - May 22, 2013
Anna K. Meredith Gallery

Transparencies brings together a group of international contemporary artists whose work
explores glass as both medium and as subject matter. Each creates contemporary art that
connects with the history of glasswork, from luxury objects such as chandeliers and mirrors
to household items like drinking vessels and light bulbs. Many forms of glass are represented,
from delicate, hand-worked mirrors to industrial sheets of Plexiglas, as well as works that 
despite appearances, are not made of glass at all. The artists selected for Transparencies
come from around the world, and vary widely in their art-making practices. Some have always
worked with glass, both actually and conceptually, while others have only explored it occasionally.
Combining sculpture, video, and installation with traditional forms of artisan techniques such as
stained glass and blown glass, Transparencies explores the role of glass in today's contemporary
art world as well as our everyday lives. 

Artists in the show include Jim Dingilian (U.S.), Matt Eskuche (U.S.), Monir Farmanfarmaian (Iran),
Laura Fritz (U.S.), Rachel Lee Hovnanian (U.S.), Ran Hwang (Korea/U.S.), Luke Jerram (Great Britain),
Karen LaMonte (U.S./Czech Republic), Judith Schaechter (U.S.), and Fred Wilson (U.S.).

Transparencies is organized by Laura Burkhalter, associate curator. It will be accompanied by an
illustrated catalog.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG).

Above: Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960)
Garden of Water, 2010
Beads, crystal pins, video on plexiglass
90 x 9/16 x 118 1/8 inches
6 panels total (each 90 9/16 x 19 11/16 inches)
Courtesy of the artist & Leila Heller Gallery, New York



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