Roni Horn show at Boston’s ICA

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Roni Horn, Pink Tons, 2008, Solid cast glass, 48 x 48 x 48 in
Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art has a comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the New York conceptual artist Roni Horn – whose can be seen as drawn from minimalism and conceptual art. Horn’s remarkable glass sculptures, for example, aren’t Donald Judd’s inert boxes but shifting and slippery objects that belie their solid mass. The most recent example of this work, “Pink Tons” (2008), occupies the foyer gallery of the ICA. At approximately five tons, the sculpture has been called the “largest piece of glass in the world,” according to the ICA’s new head curator, Helen Molesworth. Though the glass is virtually unmovable, the imperfections in its core “afford the viewer a dizzying, unsettling experience” according to the Bostonist.

The Glass Quarterly Blog has a great review of the show, with some other photos, but one has to marvel at the immensity of the casting and imagine the how much annealing time it would take to make that huge piece. Looking at the cracks in the piece, however, one would guess that whatever it took, it was not enough.

Renwick curator Nicholas Bell on the Tim Tate aquisition

>Nicholas Bell, curator of the Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, said the recent acquisition of a multi-media work by Washington Glass School director Tim Tate represented a big step for an institution dedicated to showcasing one-of-a-kind handmade pieces because it includes an industrially made video screen as one of several elements.
“To accession an object that includes mass-manufactured technology is huge for us,” Bell told the Hot Sheet in a telephone interview. “It allows us to take the conversation about how craft interacts with a digital society to a new level as people get to experience Oracle in our gallery.”


Tim Tate, Oracle, 2009. Blown and cast glass, electronics, original video. H 16, W 8, D 8 in.
photo: Anything Photographic

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