Recent Work by Lino Tagliapietra

Claudia Gorbman

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  • Published: August 2012
  • Subject Listing: Contemporary Art, Glass Art
  • Bibliographic information: 96 pp, 70 color illus., 9.5 x 10.75 in.
  • Territorial rights: World
  • Distributed for: Museum of Glass
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Lino Tagliapietra is known internationally as the maestro of contemporary glass. Trained by Muranese glass masters, he perfected his glassblowing skills at an early age. In subsequent years, his expertise as a craftsman transformed him into an artist; his precision and mastery of molten glass became secondary to his creative expression. Tagliapietra has invented new techniques and designs over the years, creating works that are technically flawless and visually breathtaking. These works have positioned him as a cultural icon not only in the glass world but also as a seminal figure in contemporary art.

Claudia Gorbman explores Tagliapietra's current work in Maestro, which presents masterpieces created during the past decade (2002-2012). Gorbman investigates the medium of glass as alchemy (its dichotomies, pleasures, and properties). She also considers the artist's role in universally elevating the art and craft of glassmaking and changing the course of contemporary glass worldwide.

Claudia Gorbman is professor of film studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She is the author of Unheard Melodies (a book on film music), the translator and editor of five books by the French critic and composer Michel Chion, and co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics.

"The free and ceaseless inventions on display in 'Maestro' are a pure delight." -Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, December 2012

"This collection of vivid color photographs brings to life the maestro's beautiful, swirling, fluid glass forms." -Cameron Reese, Alaska Airlines, November 2012