Imprint of an Angel II

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Imprint of an Angel II
Accession Number: 
2004.3.10
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 77.5 cm, W: 108.7 cm, D: 31.5 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1999
Credit Line: 
Purchased with funds from James R. and Maisie Houghton, The Carbetz Foundation Inc., James B. Flaws and Marcia D. Weber, the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family, Joseph A. Miller and Rachel C. Wood, Peter and Cathy Volanakis, Wendell P. Weeks and Kim Frock, and Alan and Nancy Cameros
Web Description: 
The internationally acclaimed artists Libenský and Brychtová pioneered, explored, developed, and defined glass as a medium for contemporary sculpture. The career in glass of this husband-and-wife team spanned more than 45 years. Their art explores ideas about light, color, space, and transparency. The dark gray sculpture Imprint of an Angel II belongs to the last series of sculptures that Libenský and Brychtová made together. This series explores themes of mortality and the redemption of the human spirit, which the artists call the “inner light.” The abstract shape of this sculpture, which is based on a man’s shoulders and chest, has been described by the artists as a “vestment” or a “shroud.” For them, it represents the physical impression of an “angel,” which is the divine part of man.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Heller Gallery, Source
2004-02-17
Houghton, James R., Source
2004-02-17
Houghton, Maisie (Mrs. James R.), Source
2004-02-17
Pforzheimer, Carl H., III, Source
2004-02-17
Pforzheimer, Betty (Mrs. Carl), Source
2004-02-17
Flaws, James B., Source
2004-02-17
Weber, Marcia D., Source
2004-02-17
Heineman, Ben W., Sr., Source
2004-02-17
Miller, Joseph A., Source
2004-02-17
Wood, Rachel C., Source
2004-02-17
Volanakis, Peter, Source
2004-02-17
Volanakis, Cathy (Mrs. Peter), Source
2004-02-17
Weeks, Wendell P., Source
2004-02-17
Weeks, Kim Frock, Source
2004-02-17
Cameros, Alan L., Source
2004-02-17
Cameros, Nancy (Mrs. Alan), Source
2004-02-17
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Mold-melted dark gray glass, cut, ground. Sculpture in the shape of a short cape, or abstracted shoulders and chest, with a vertical, channel-like opening bisecting the obverse. Irregular edges. Steel pedestal.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Sculpture Gallery
SOFA Chicago
 
Libensky/Brychtova Exhibition
Venue(s)
Heller Gallery
Glass, Knocking at the Door of Art (2010) illustrated, p. 289; BIB# 115616
Professor Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova: Pioneers of Contemporary Glass Art (2009-06) illustrated, p. 11;
Transparent Destiny (2008-09) illustrated, p. 64;
New Glass Review, 26 (2005) illustrated, p. 114;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2004 (2005) illustrated, p. 15; BIB# AI90240
The Gather (2004) illustrated, p. 2;