Eight Heads of Harvey Littleton

Title: 
Eight Heads of Harvey Littleton

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Object Name: 
8 Sculptures
Title: 
Eight Heads of Harvey Littleton
Accession Number: 
76.3.32
Dimensions: 
Assembled Dimensions Vary
Location: 
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Date: 
1976
Web Description: 
Erwin Eisch (b. 1927) is a painter and sculptor whose original work in glass made a profound impression during the formative years of the Studio Glass movement. Eisch met the studio glass pioneer Harvey Littleton in 1962. Through their friendship, an important link was established between European and American studio artists working in glass. Eight Heads of Harvey Littleton is Eisch’s multiple portrait of Littleton. Each mold-blown and enameled head represents a different aspect of the artist’s personality. These heads, from left to right, are titled Littleton the Spirit; Littleton the Gentleman; Littleton the Fragile; Littleton, Man of Frauenau; “Technique Is Cheap”; Littleton’s Headache; Littleton the Poet; and Littleton the Worker. “Technique Is Cheap” refers to Littleton’s widely quoted aphorism that urged artists to concentrate on the artistic content of their work, rather than on glassworking techniques.
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Provenance: 
Kunsthaus Museum, Source
1976-12-09
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; cold painted. (A) Littleton the Gentleman: mirrored inside, with glasses, with marble base. (B) Littleton the Poet: with glasses and beanie. (C) Littleton the Teacher: mirrored inside, glassblower painted on right side of head; set on square black base. (D) Littleton, Man of Frauenau: cold painted in facial area and around base with scene of town. (E) Littleton the Worker: applied band of colorless glass across nose and around head, square black base. (F) Littleton's Headache: painted with bandages surrounding head and chin area, etched in other areas, square black base. (G) Littleton the Fragile. (H) Littleton's Spirit: with collar and tie.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2012-03-15 through 2013-02-03
Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch is a special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by one of the founders of studio glass in Europe, Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927). The exhibition recognizes Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a material for artistic expression, and it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of studio glass in the United States. Eisch, a close friend of American Studio Glass founder, Harvey K. Littleton (American, b. 1922), had a profound influence on the development of American, as well as European, studio glass. Objects in the exhibition span 40 years of Eisch’s career in glass from 1964 to 2004. His works are tradition-breaking, and his radical thoughts about art reflect the unorthodox approach to glass that has characterized his work throughout his career. All of the works presented are drawn from the Museum’s collection.
Past and Present (2012) illustrated, p. 28, top left; BIB# 135030
Harvey K. Littleton: A Life in Glass (2011) illustrated, p. 108; BIB# 127267
Eclats! Le musee se met au verre ... contemporain (2011) illustrated, p. 23, illustration 12;
Glass, Knocking at the Door of Art (2010) illustrated, p. 50; BIB# 115616
1950'den gunumuze cam heykel sanati (2007) illustrated, p. 26, # 30; BIB# 120378
Modern and contemporary art glass (2006) illustrated, slide 54; BIB# 130418
Glass in Art, History, and Science at The Corning Museum of Glass (2003) illustrated, p. 69, no. 10;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 19 (1977) illustrated, pp. 180-181, #63a-63h; BIB# AI90914