Anthem of Joy in Glass

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Anthem of Joy in Glass
Accession Number: 
79.3.14
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 99.5 cm, W: 95.1 cm, D: 101.6 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1977
Credit Line: 
Gift of Art Centrum
Web Description: 
Borosilicate glass is commonly known in the United States as Pyrex. This sculpture by Věra Lišková was made by heating glass tubes, inflating and manipulating the hot glass over a torch to create the individual spiky elements, and then sealing the elements to one another with a torch. Věra Lišková was a talented designer who pioneered the use of borosilicate glass for sculpture. Traditionally, borosilicate glass is used for figurines that are fashioned by artists using a small torch. In the late 1960s, Lišková began to make abstract sculptures and sculptures of animals in glass that, over the years, gradually increased in size. Anthem of Joy was the most ambitious work of Lišková’s long career. Inspired by the form of musical notes, the sculpture communicates the emotion and energy of harmonious sound.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Art Centrum, Source
1979-03-28
Category: 
Color: 
Technique: 
Inscription: 
Vera Liskova/1977
signature
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; flameworked borosilicate.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Sculpture Gallery
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 112-113; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 112-113; BIB# 135965
International Scientific Glassblowers Exposition (2012) illustrated, p. 24; BIB# 130729
Layering Creative Virtues onto an Object, Part 2: Survey (2009-05) illustrated, p. 11;
Casting Poetic Sentiment: Glass Art Creation Methodology (2008) illustrated, p. 28, fig. 26; BIB# 107146
New Glass Review, 28 (2007) illustrated, p. 88;
Modern and contemporary art glass (2006) illustrated, slide 89; BIB# 130418
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1979 (1980) illustrated, pp. 7, 12;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 22 (1980) illustrated, p. 102, #56;
New Glass: A Worldwide Survey (1979) illustrated, pp. 136-137, #125; BIB# 20603