Mining Glass

The Museum of Glass in Washington celebrates is fifth anniversary with an exhibition of glass used by artists including Wim Delvoye, Teresita Fernández, Mona Hatoum, Maya Lin, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Kiki Smith, Fred Wilson, and the late Chen Zhen.

By moving through the themes of artifice, boundaries, desire, enchantment, excess, identity, intersections, and landscape, the exhibition concentrates on the deeper issues that concern artists, allowing the meaning of the work to take precedence over the technique of how it has been executed.

Much is made of the way these artists defy the merely decorative appeal of glass. But the way the exhibition is presented doesn’t suggest that there is an engagement with glass and its process beyond the simple expression of a concept.

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