Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Craig Meitner
April 4–October 18, 2009
Corning Museum of Glass
One Museum Way
Corning, NY 14830
The intellectual, poetic, and always changing work of the American artist Richard Craig Meitner (b. 1949) reflects a variety of influences and ideas, from Japanese textiles and Italian painting and applied arts to science and the natural world. The colorless glass surfaces of his quixotic objects often incorporate assorted materials such as rust, enamel, bronze, tile, paint, and print. Meitner revels in unusual juxtapositions of forms and ideas, in unanswered questions, and in the intersections between art and science.
"Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Craig Meitner" showcases a range of the artist's work that is held in the Museum's permanent collection, which includes early blown vessels, with graphic images made of fired enamels, to later multi-media sculptures. The 30 objects in the exhibition, dating from 1978 to 2001, span 23 years of the artist's prolific career, and they show the many facets of Meitner's artistic vision. The exhibition also presents one of Meitner's installations, a series of four sculptures titled Ognico/Sahala/Suasta/Gione (For Everything There is a Season). This installation on the theme of the four seasons was commissioned for the Venezia Aperto Vetro exhibition in Venice, Italy in 1998.