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Searching for Masterpieces: 40 Years of New Glass
May 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pmFree
On Wednesday, May 15, Rago Auctions hosts Fellow and former curator at The Corning Museum of Glass, William Warmus, as he delivers a presentation titled “Searching for Masterpieces: 40 years of New Glass.”
In 1979 William Warmus curated the landmark exhibition “New Glass” at the Corning Museum of Glass. In May of 2019, Corning marks the 40th anniversary of that show with “New Glass Now.” In this talk, William Warmus will take a look back at iconic objects from the last 40 years and look forward to the artists that are creating the icons of the future.
Warmus became the curator of modern glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in 1978, and curated three landmark exhibitions: “New Glass,” which was also shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Louvre; “Tiffany’s Tiffany,” which focused on the masterpieces Tiffany had in his home and studios; and the first major exhibition in North America of Emile Gallé’s work. Since leaving the Museum, Warmus has pursued a career as an independent curator, historian, and appraiser, specializing in modern glass, abstract art, and the aesthetics of the natural environment. He is the author or co-author of more than 15 books, including biographies of Tiffany, Lalique, and Chihuly. Warmus was the editor of Glass Magazine, faculty member and visiting artist at the Pilchuck School of Glass, executive secretary of the Glass Art Society and board member at Urban Glass. He is the recipient of the AACG award for outstanding contributions to contemporary glass.
The auction house opens on Wednesday, May 15 at noon. A wine and cheese reception begins at 5 pm. The presentation will begin at 6 pm.
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