I traveled to Toledo to tape this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast with Fred Wilson because the Toledo Museum of Art is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement (and its own role in it). Toledo + glass?, you ask… Well, yes: Toledo has been an international leader in glass manufacturing for decades, and still is.
Wilson’s great Iago’s Mirror is on view at the TMA as part of the exhibition “Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012,” which spotlights artists use of glass over the last fifty years. Among the included artists are Dan Flavin and Josiah McElheny.
Absent from the show is pioneering minimalist Larry Bell, who used glass to create some of contemporary art’s most elegant sculptures, including the untitled 1980 work from MCASD’s collection shown here. Bell was the guest on Episode Twelve of The MAN Podcast. He told some great stories and re-visited some favorite ideas. Don’t miss it!
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