Skeleton & Flesh (2012)

New Works from Empire of Glass

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Skeleton & Flesh (2012) finds new large installation works in John D’Agostino’s ongoing series Empire of Glass, based on the forgotten fragments of Favrile glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
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John D’Agostino, Spring Torrents, 2012 (in progress). 4 panels, approx 10×20 feet.


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John D’Agostino, The Hammer of Los, 2012 (in progress). 4 panels, approx 10×20 feet.

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John D’Agostino, Summit & Flower, 2012 (in progress). Diptych: approx. 60×96″

 

Works currently in progress for 2012′s body of work include a number of new sizes, including diptych, triptych, square and more.

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 About Empire of Glass:World-renowned during the age of Art Nouveau (1890-1914), Louis Comfort Tiffany was America’s premier artist and designer of prized stained glass windows. But by the advent of The Great Depression, Tiffany’s work was openly derided as démodé, and readily assigned to the trash heap. During the liquidation of Tiffany Studios in 1933, collector Vito D’Agostino(1898-1963) rescued the last fragments of broken glass as they were being smashed and thrown away into the East River. Discovering his grandfather’s boxes of glass buried in his parent’s basement some 75 years later, New York artist John D’Agostino reconstructs the broken pieces of Tiffany glass into large-scaled abstract photographs of biomorphic form and gestural rhythm. Iridescent whirls of color preserved within the glass juxtapose with withering foil leaf and detritus on the surface of the glass, forming a joyous synthesis of decay and rebirth.

For more information on these new works, please contact the artist or visit:

www.EmpireofGlass.com