The New Mexico Museum of Art announces two concurrent exhibitions of glass art to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the American studio glass movement in 2012. The exhibitions—Chromatic Fusion: The Art of Fused Glass, featuring Klaus Moje and Emerge 2012: A Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln-glass—include both emerging and established artists working in kilnformed glass. Artists from around the globe are highlighted in these two exhibitions that open to the public on Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:30-7:30 pm, with a reception hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. Both shows will be on view through January 6, 2013.
Chromatic Fusion: The Art of Fused Glass, featuring Klaus Moje explores the various technical, thematic, and visual approaches to kilnformed glass by artists working around the globe. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Klaus Moje’s large-scale, multipanel work The Portland Panels: Choreographed Geometry (2007). A tour de force work by this German-born artist who helped build the renowned glass program at the Canberra School of Art in Australia, The Portland Panels consist of four 6-foot panels and over 22,000 pieces of glass fused together. Other artists in the exhibition likewise demonstrate their mastery of glass through myriad techniques such as murrini, pate de verre, slumping, engraving, and fusible film. These artists include Kate Baker, Giles Bettison, Cobi Cockburn, Mel George, Deborah Horrell, Steve Klein, Jessica Loughlin, Richard Marquis, Catharine Newell, April Surgent, Joanne Teasdale, Carmen Vetter, Yoko Yagi, and Toots Zynsky.