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American master glass pieces on display at Naples Museum of Art

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American master glass pieces on display at Naples Museum of Art


Ferdinand Hampson has been around the American Studio Glass movement almost as long as there’s been an American Studio Glass movement.


The new year will mark the 50th anniversary of the movement, and it’s been 40 years since Hampson co-founded Habatat Galleries in Detroit. He’s traveled the world lecturing and explaining about this art form. Hampson has also written books on his passion.


Wherever he goes, he sees how people are often awed by what they see.


“Some people, their knees almost buckle,” Hampson said. “It’s so spectacular and so different than anything they’ve seen. A new visual experience they’ll take with them the rest of their lives.”


Folks in Southwest Florida may have that knee-buckling experience in the weeks ahead. Evolution/Revolution: 50 Years of American Studio Glass opened Dec. 15 at the Naples Museum of Art and runs through April 1.


Hampson, who is the only owner of the Habatat Galleries, is scheduled to give a lecture at the museum on Feb. 6.


More than 150 exhibitions of Studio Glass will be displayed around the country in 2012 to celebrate the anniversary.


“The Naples exhibit is really the one starting it, kicking it off,” Hampson said.


The show will feature works by artists such as Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chiluly, Harvey Littleton andDominick Labino.


Hampson can explain the beauty of these works, the ethereal and sublime appeal that lured him into the art form.


“Glass has something that other materials don’t possess,” Hampson said. “It has an exterior shape and an interior world and I was attracted to that interior world and that made glass very unique to me.”


When Labino died at the age of 76 in 1987, he merited a New York Times obituary which noted he “held 60 glass-oriented patents in the United States.”


Naples Museum of Art patrons are likely familiar with Chiluly, where one of his works, Persian Ceiling graces the entrance.


The art form has come a long way in half a century.


“When we started it out it was really all about blowing glass,” Hampson said. “It was about trying to keep something on the end of a blow pipe because in the United States we didn’t have a history of blowing glass or working with glass.”


That changed. American artists became more and more proficient and, well, artistic.


“The United States brought the freedom to glass,” Hampson said. “They’re the cowboys. We discovered what we could do with it and we went wild in the ‘60s and ‘70s.”

Source: www.news-press.comAuthor: shangyi

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