Sculpture

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Accession Number: 
98.3.12
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 49.2 cm, W: 13.6 cm, Diam (max): 17.5 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1967
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Web Description: 
On seeing Eisch’s work in 1962, Harvey Littleton remembers that it was like “being hit over the head with a hammer.” Many years later, Littleton recalled: “I saw [Eisch’s] work and I realized that he was doing what I wanted to do—play with the glass, make forms that had no other reason for being than that he wanted to make them. Function was something to be used or not used. Totally free.” Eisch’s expressionistic and gestural sculptures from the late 1960s and early 1970s, most of which are untitled, are personal works that explore the body and its parts. These sculptures reveal Eisch’s ongoing interest in the erotic, with their phallic protrusions and breast-shaped ornament.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Eisch, Erwin ((German, b. 1927)), Source
1998-03-02
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
1967
Inscription
near base
ZAVENTEM/ BELG-LUXEMB E.U./DOUANE ACC/ D
label
bottom of base
CRACK/ DEVELOPING
label
bottom of base
25 B
label
bottom of base
Primary Description: 
Transparent blackish blue glass; blown, tooled, applied, gold.
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.