MASTERS OF STUDIO GLASS: RICHARD CRAIG MEITNER

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July 17, 2010 – June 19, 2011

Organized by The Corning Museum of Glass

Unique juxtapositions and intellectual whimsy are encapsulated in the works of Richard Craig Meitner. Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Craig Meitner is an in-depth survey of the artist's work that includes 30 objects spanning Meitner’s career from 1978 to 2001.

In his work, Meitner creates moments of astonishment and surprise, magical moments that challenge the viewer to question what he or she is seeing, and allows creative thought to take over. “Magic,” he says, “is a moment in which something happens that does not fit into your belief system.”

Influenced by Japanese textiles, German Expressionist graphics, science, nature, and Italian painting, Meitner’s work explores a variety of glass forms and transparencies. The qualities of fragility and preciousness attributed to glass, Meitner says, create further meaning and context. He incorporates various materials such as rust, enamel, bronze, tile, paint, and print onto the surfaces of his glass.

“Meitner’s signature narrative and abstract sculptures please the eye, challenge the intellect and pique curiosity,” comments Museum of Glass curator Melissa G. Post. “We anticipate this exhibition will be enthusiastically embraced by our visitors.”

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Image credits:
Richard Craig Meitner (American, born 1949).  All photos collection of The Corning Museum of Glass.
1.  Wisdom, 1994, created
with the assistance of Richard Price (British, born 1960).  Blown soda-lime glass and flameworked and blown borosilicate glass, enameled, 14 7/8 x 17 5/8 x 13 7/8 inches.
2. 
Untitled, 1984, created with the assistance of Mieke Groot (Dutch, born 1949). Blown and fumed soda-lime glass, enameled, 12 x 7 1/2 inches.
3.  Ognico (Winter) (For Everything There is a Season), 1998, created with the assistance of Edwin Dieperink (Dutch, born 1952) and Fabio Fornasier, (Italian, born 1963).  Flameworked and blown borosilicate glass, enameled, rust patina; found furance-worked glass glower; cut glass tiles mounted on wood, enameled, enamel transfers; water, 54 5/8 x 16 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches, gift of Barry Friedman Ltd.

4.  
Branch , 2001, created with the assistance of Richard Price (British, born 1960) and Edwin Dieperink (Dutch, born 1952).  Blown soda-lime glass, enameled and flameworked and blown borosilicate glass, enameled, rust patina, 32 inches, gift of Barry Friedman Ltd.
5.  
Untitled, 1983, created with the assitance of Mieke Groot (Dutch, born 1949).  Blown, reduced, and fumed glass, hot-enameled, 9 x 5 x 4 1/2 inches, gift of Barry Friedman Ltd.
6.   Dreiging (Threat), 2001, created with the assistance of Richard Price (British, born 1960) and Edwin Dieperink (Dutch, born 1952).  Blown soda-lime glass and flameworked and blownn borosilicate glass; liquid, drawings on paper, 26 x 16 inches, gift of Barry Friedman Ltd.

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