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Laura de Santillana
[Glass ]
Item Number:C18565
Ippodo Gallery New York is pleased to present the solo exhibition of works by Laura de Santillana, previously
exhibited in the 2018 joint exhibition, Moon: Tsuki wo Koso,,, in Kyoto with the dyeing/weaving of tenth generation obi merchant and purveyor, Genbey Yamaguchi. Born in Venice, de Santillana is a renowned contemporary artist working in glass.

For the Moon exhibit, de Santillana conceived a series of small format tablets in which metal leaf is incorporated or applied to the surface, suggesting the perception of the moon in a night sky. Within strict geometric forms exist dreamy worlds of jewel tones, shimmering hues, and translucent glass in a color range of deep blues, blue greys and silvery greys.

The works can be painterly, as if the color was applied to a canvas, but they also have a depth to them that can only be achieved through three-dimensional forms. Her pieces are a meeting of power and tenderness, and the result is an amazing visual effect that is at once both simple yet highly complex.

"The glass tablets are envelopes in which the light lives and refracts; there is the surface work, a skin. This light that is incorporated in the object becomes the body of the object. Light is not outside, it’s inside, a liquid frame between the inside and the outside.” - Laura de Santillana

Her works, like the tablet-shaped series called Tokyo-ga, defies convention within the world of glass art. In her process, de Santillana creates pared down forms in straightforward combinations of colors that emit a singularly unique light.

Most of all, de Santillana creates extraordinary effects of gradual change, of tentativeness, of subtlety... Even within the color blocks—especially the gold and silver leaf—hue is gently mottled to the degree that it seems less like a surface than like a view into water or fog… It is never just one thing, but a gathering of imaginative possibilities.” - Janet Koplos

Distinctive in this exhibition are her ‘bamboo’ pieces, produced in the Czech Republic. Tall and slender in a mesmerizing shade of emerald, they seem to almost move - as if they could be swayed by a gentle wind. Bamboo has played an important role in Japanese culture since earliest times. Its elegant form and straight, hollow, green stems reaching up into the skies symbolize purity and good fortune. Bamboo possesses a strange spiritual and magical power that leads us all towards the heavens.

De Santillana studied at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She has exhibited throughout Japan (including Ippodo Gallery Tokyo) as well as in Europe, the United States, and Israel, her works can be found in numerous major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris).

Laura de Santillana from Shoko Aono on Vimeo.

About the Artist
1955 Born in Venice
1975-77 She studies at School of Visual Arts, New York and works with Massimo Vignelli.
1975 She designs lamps and objects for the Venini Enterprises.
1979 First big travelling show at New Glass show in USA.
1989 First visit to India, which will become an annual pilgrimage.
1995 Starts collaboration with Simone Cenedese, which continues to this day.
1997 1998 Commissioned by firm of Japanese tea specialists to design a kaiseki cuisine range in glass, lacquered wood and silver. Extended sojourns in Kyoto. Works with Japanese lacquer master Suzuki Mutsumi designing tea ceremony ware.
1998 Begins to work with Barry Friedman in New York.
1999 Paris exhibition at Galerie L'Arc en Seine, where for the first time she exhibits what will become her signature flat forms.
2001-2002 Begins working in bronze and in wax at the Fonderia Brustolin, Verona
2009 First residency at Museum of Glass ( MoG), Tacoma, producing large - scale works exhibited at 53rd Venice Biennale.
2011 Exhibition at Musse des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
2013-2014 Begins new project in Czech Republic with Charlie Parriott, experimenting with new fusing techniques.

Public Colletions:
Museo Vetrario di Murano, Venice, Italy
The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, USA
Saint Louis Museum of Fine Arts, St Louis, MO, USA
Cooper-Hewitt national design Museum, NY, USA
Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA
Denver Art Museum, Colorado, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, CA, USA
Musse de Design et d' Arts Appliques Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA, USA
Kunstmuseum im Ehrenhof, Dusseldorf, Germany
Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg, Germany
Ernsting Stiftung, Alter Hof Herding Museum, Coesfeld-Lette, Germany
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Neue Sammlung, Munich, Germany
IMA, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
Smithsonian Institute, Renwick gallery, Washington, USA