Events and Programs
Summer of Light Exhibitions
June 17, 2012 - September 16, 2012
Stephen Knapp: New Light and Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light
Stephen Knapp has been creating art for over thirty years that interacts with, and is transformed by light. Combining art and science, Knapp creates innovative and engaging works that are formed at the intersection of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Dispensing with traditional media and narrative content, Knapp's "lightpaintings," a word he coined to describe his light-based installations, are both innovative and invigorating: transposing artistic tradition into the hyper-stimulated world of the twenty-first century. He creates his "lightpaintings" using a special glass treated with layers of metallic coatings that act as a selective prism to separate focused light into different wavelengths of the color spectrum. Knapp cuts, shapes, and polishes the glass in his studio to create a palette that he uses to refract and reflect light onto a surface and surrounding space. The artist's unique ability to harness the power of light represents a new form of visual art. Knapp's "lightpaintings" have been the focus of many museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the country, and have been selected as permanent site-specific installations for museums and public spaces. The exhibition at The Hyde Collection will include approximately fourteen works and an exterior piece installed by the artist.
Image: Stephen Knapp, American, b. 1947, Serenata, 2003-2008, light, glass, stainless steel, 13 feet x 21 feet x 10 inches
Home page image: Stephen Knapp in the studio.
As a painter, Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933) was captivated by the interplay of light and color, and this fascination found its most spectacular expression in his glass "paintings." Through the medium of opalescent glass, Tiffany could actually capture light in color and manipulate it to achieve impressionistic effects. Using new and innovative techniques and materials, Tiffany Studios created leaded-glass windows and lampshades in vibrant colors and richly varied patterns, textures, and opacities.
Organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City, the exhibition is comprised of three windows, sixteen lamps, and seventy-five pieces of opalescent flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" that illustrate the rich expanse of color and light available to the artists at the Tiffany Studios. Iconic works were selected for their masterful rendering of nature and subtle use of light and shading in decorative geometric patterns, exemplifying the rich and varied glass palette, sensitive use of color, and intricacy of design that was characteristic of Tiffany's leaded-glass objects. The exhibition also discusses the contributions of two of Tiffany's leading designers, Clara Driscoll and Agnes Northrop.
Dr. Egon Neustadt, the founder of the Neustadt Collection, began acquiring Tiffany lamps in 1935 when the excess of the Gilded Age was still out of fashion. Amassing an almost encyclopedic collection, his most significant acquistion perhaps came in 1967 when he purchased the flat and pressed glass left over from the closing of the Tiffany Studios in the late 1930s. This collection contains some 275,000 pieces of glass and is the only holding of its kind. With both materials and objects, the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass is uniquely positioned to fully explore Louis C. Tiffany's legacy of painting with color and glass.
Image: Tiffany Studios, New York, Apple Blossom Library Lamp, leaded glass, bronze, 29 1/2 inches (height overall) x 25 inch diameter, The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, New York
Home page image: Tiffany Studios, New York, Lotus Pagoda Library Lamp. leaded glass and bronze, 22 x 25 in. diameter, The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass
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