Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Back in Black

Expanding our horizons into the 21st century (our first foray into new millennial glass works) with an onyx trio from contemporary artist Massimo Micheluzzi, 2003. Rare to see solid black glass for sure, but the major draw here is the carving technique. Known as "battuto", Micheluzzi utilizes a diamond cutting tool to create fluid canals, not unlike the waterways of his hometown of Venice. This work seems to bridge traditional Venetian glassblowing methods with a decidedly modern viewpoint.
Provinance: Originally sold through Barry Friedman, Ltd.

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