Standing Stone

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Standing Stone
Accession Number: 
82.4.20
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 76.5 cm, W: 31.6 cm, D: 14 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1982
Web Description: 
William Morris is widely recognized for his sculptures that explore themes related to archaeology, anthropology, and the natural world. These subjects are united by his interest in myth and ancient history, and his understanding of nature. Morris is an experienced hunter and outdoorsman, and these activities are reflected in his art work. Petroglyphic Urn features a painting in glass powders that was inspired by Paleolithic cave art. The powders are arranged on a steel plate, heated, and then picked up onto the vessel during the blowing process. Scoop was inspired by ancient and tribal pottery forms. The matte, acid-etched surface of the vessel tones down the hardness and shininess of the glass, giving the vessel the look of an anthropological or archaeological artifact. The sculpture Suspended Artifact consists of an "urn" with a basket-shaped handle, holding two stick-shaped tools made of glass, and two glass animal tusks "lashed" together with glass made to look like a strip of rawhide. Both objects are suspended from a large antler, which is also made of glass. It evokes ancient hunting rituals or early archaeological finds. Standing Stone was inspired by the Neolithic-period, lichen-stained stones that Morris saw on a trip to Scotland’s Orkney Islands. At the time this sculpture was made, its size was impressive because it was one of the largest objects to be attempted in mold-blown glass by an American artist.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Heller Gallery, Source
1982-06-22
Category: 
Inscription: 
William Morris 1982
signature
Primary Description: 
Colorless and multicolored glass; mold-blown, hot-worked; glass powders. Highly distorted elongated slab shape, with deep inner folds and multiple parallel ridges; the body colored throughout with blotches of green, possibly with mica flecks; irregular tan or brown lines, frequently on an opal ground, and other decorative motifs and colors; flat polished base with opening exposing interior; signed above base "William Morris 1982", in script.
Masterpieces of American Glass
Venue(s)
Museum of Applied Arts 1990-07-27 through 1990-09-02
State Hermitage Museum 1990-09-15 through 1990-10-21
Museum of the State Institute of Glass 1990-11-02 through 1991-01-04
Modern and contemporary art glass (2006) illustrated, slide 85; BIB# 130418
Plastik sanatlarda cam malzemenin uygulanisi (2003) illustrated, p. 74, fig. 3.38; BIB# 120381
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 81, 97, pl. 138; BIB# 33046
Recent Important Acquisitions, 25 (1983) illustrated, p. 277, #62;