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Americans in Venice

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

Venice is, among many other wonderful things, synonymous with glass. The work of the Murano glassblowers has inspired countless artists to explore the possibilities of this fascinating medium and break the barriers of functionality to land into full-fledged artistic territory. Le Stanze del Vetro and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore present a superb show of 155 pieces and installations that trace the history of the American Studiio Glass through the creative output of artists who have studied glasswork in Venice.

Founded in 1962 by Harvey K. Littleton, this movement created an artistic roadmap that was sometimes based on American themes (e.g. the American flag), but always aligned with the Venetian tradition for both aesthetics and technical execution.

My photo skills have not improved, for which I apologise, but the results of these collaborations are truly outstanding. Some of the works defy and redefine the idea of what glass can do, a medium that is here celebrated for its potential to take a seemingly infinite number of shapes, colours and textures. Sublime.

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