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The Corning Museum of Glass : a decade of glass collecting, 1990-1999
Corning Museum of Glass.
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Publication Information:
Corning, N.Y. : The Museum ; New York : Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, [2000]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
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Includes index.
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NK5102.C65 C674 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The Corning Museum in New York houses one of the world's premier collections of glass, this book is a visual record of its recent acquisitions. Included in the book are a rare 3rd century portrait medallion and glass figurines from the early-17th century.

Author Notes

David Whitehouse is Executive Director of the Corning Museum of Glass, New York and a leading authority on Roman, Islamic, and medieval glass. He lives in Corning.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, houses a premier glass collection. Whitehouse, the museum's executive director, documents the most significant acquisitions made by the museum in 1990s, featuring a variety of international glasswork. Etched glass, beadwork, glass furniture, windows, jewelry, and molded glass are some of the featured forms. While most of the examples are from the Art Nouveau time period and later, examples from the Victorian era and earlier are also provided. This visually appealing book provides a varied, chronological overview for scholars, dealers, and general admirers of glasswork. Glass Art from UrbanGlass is another showcase of a vast array of glasswork with a more contemporary bent. The focus of this book is the work of 175 artists and designers associated with UrbanGlass: New York Center for Contemporary Glass. Yelle, the founder of UrbanGlass, presents more than 500 color images, providing an ample view of the contemporary glass art scene. Each page features photos of an artwork and the artist who created it as well as the artist's name, year of birth, and place of residence. Minimal commentary is provided, and the lack of an index is unfortunate. The Corning book provides more of an international overview of glasswork, while Glass Art gives a useful commentary on recent works. Both books are recommended for libraries collecting this subject area.DJennifer Mayer, Univ. of Wyoming Libs., Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Whitehouse (executive director, Corning Museum; editor, Journal of Glass Studies) builds on a noteworthy tradition of documenting the Museum's collections. He updates Robert J. Charleston's Masterpieces of Glass: A World History from the Corning Museum of Glass (CH, Jan'91), itself an expanded edition of an earlier work (CH, Nov'80). Not a survey, this new work records the "cataloging"--i.e., description, physical details, date, and accession number--for 200 of the most significant Corning Museum acquisitions of the 1990s. The objects date from antiquity to the present and include art commissioned by the Museum. The arrangement mirrors the curatorial organization of the collection: a one-page text introduces each segment. The emphasis is on the incredibly perfect color photography--and on telling the story of the Museum in the first person. Because this is an intimate look at an institution, its donors, and collecting activities, the "we's" do not detract. Index to artists, designers, and factories. Recommended as a tool for scholars, and for collections emphasizing the decorative arts. Graduate students; faculty; professionals. M. M. Doherty; University of South Florida

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Museum Diaryp. 7
Ancient and Islamic Glassp. 11
European Glassp. 15
American Glassp. 41
Art Nouveau to the Presentp. 63
The Rakow Commissionsp. 107
Donors to the Glass Collection, 1990-1999p. 117
Index of Artists, Designers, and Factoriesp. 127