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Architectural Scale Glass, 1954-1974

Les Ateliers Courbet Gallery, 175 Mott Street, New York
November 2016

Big Color Exhibition Ad The concept of 'Architectural Scale' blown glass vessels was introduced by Wayne Husted in 1954 and produced by the Blenko Glass Company of West Virginia. Inspired by Marcel Breuer's 1949 'House in the Museum Garden' at MoMA, this genre of glass was designed to be of a scale substantial enough to engage directly with the architectural environment and elements like columns and stairs directly, unmediated by furniture.

An artist at heart and in training, the defining drive of Husted's tenure as resident designer for the Blenko Glass Company was his desire to create objects that could only be seen as works of art. By altering scale to an extreme and unprecedented degree he struck on an enduring and compelling new genre that suited the modern era, one that unequivocally demands to be considered as sculpture.

This exhibition of over 70 vintage pieces, produced between 1954 and 1974, was curated by the leading expert in the field, Damon Crain, who assembled the collection over several years with an eye to representing the rarest colors and most well executed examples. Damon's book on the topic, BIG COLOR, will be available for purchase at the exhibition. Damon is a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass, board member of Art Glass Forum | NY, and has published numerous articles on mid-20th century glass. Hardcover, cloth bound exhibition catalog explores the topic in depth, details & purchasing at this link.