Through the Cone

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Object Name: 
Through the Cone
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Overall H: 91.8 cm, W: 126.7 cm, D: 22.9 cm
On Display
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Purchased with funds from James B. Flaws and Marcia D. Weber
Web Description: 
Pioneers in the use of mold-melted glass to create works of art in architectural scale, Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová explored, developed, and defined cast glass as a medium for contemporary sculpture. Their sources of inspiration were 20th-century European avant-garde movements in art and the long history of glassworking in Bohemia. Libenský and Brychtová’s sculptures explore ideas about light, color, space, and transparency. They were conceived in gouache drawings by Libenský and then developed into three-dimensional clay models by Brychtová. The sculptures are cast in a technique called mold melting, in which chunks of glass are allowed to soften and melt into molds inside a large kiln. After the firing is complete, the sculpture is gradually cooled and the surface is cut, ground, and polished. In Through the Cone, the dramatic character of the sculpture results from the penetration of light into the glass mass, a phenomenon that the artists explored repeatedly in their work. “For us, glass is light, which is elusive or imaginary, and you cannot determine where it ends and where it begins,” Libenský said. “It is light that exists in a certain ‘light space,’ and an artist who can understand that can define that space and knows how to introduce the light dynamic into the center of the glass mass. That is the definition of the fourth dimension, which cannot be achieved in any other material.”* Signed and dated: “S. LIBENSKY J. BRYCHTOVA - 1995 - 7” engraved in bottom right corner, near base. Published: Tina Oldknow, Collecting Contemporary Glass: Art and Design after 1990 from The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning: the museum, 2014, pp. 118–121; and William Warmus, Fire and Form: The Art of Contemporary Glass, West Palm Beach, Florida: Norton Museum of Art, 2003, p. 50. It is published as Penetration through a Conus in Stanislav Libenský, Jaroslava Brychtová, ed. Milena Klasová, Prague: Gallery, 2002, pp. 190–191. For more information, see * Kate Elliott and Katya Kohoutová Garrow, Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, Seattle: Elliott Brown Gallery, 1995, p. 8.
Barry Friedman Ltd., Source
Kopman, William, Former Collection
Kopman, Fraeda, Former Collection
Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Former Collection
Libensky, Stanislav (Czech, 1921-2002), Former Collection
Brychtova, Jaroslava (Czech, 1924-2020), Former Collection
Engraved on bottom right corner near base
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Through the Cone". Bluish gray glass; mold-melted, cut, ground, polished. Large, solid-cast cone-shaped sculpture with a diagonal arch-shaped penetration through the interior. The arch-shaped penetration on one side of the sculpture is smaller than the taller arch shape on the other side.
Fire and Form: The Art of Contemporary Glass
North Carolina Museum of Art 2003-01 through 2003-03
Stanislav Libensky Jaroslava Brychtova
Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton
Corning Museum of Glass Calendar (2015) illustrated, p. 1 (top); BIB# AI98718
Recent Important Acquisitions (New Glass Review 36) (2015) illustrated, p. 115 (bottom); BIB# AI99415
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2014 (2015) illustrated, p. 55 (#38), front cover; BIB# AI100547
Recent Acquisitions (2014) illustrated, p. 14, center; BIB# AI98357
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2014 (2014) illustrated, pp. 8, 25; BIB# 706293
Fire and Form: The Art of Contemporary Glass (2003) illustrated, p. 50; BIB# 74874
Stanislav Libensky Jaroslava Brychtova (2002) illustrated, pp. 190-191; BIB# 73574