Glass Within Glass: The Magic Of The Trabucco Studio
Venue: Burchfield Penney Art Center
Address: 1300 Elmwood Ave.
City: Buffalo, NY 14222 USA
Price: $5.00 - $10.00
Brief-description: More than 40 works by Victor Trabucco, as well as representations by his twin sons, David and Jon. thru 10/29
Event url: www.burchfieldpenney.org.
About: Victor Trabucco is considered one of the finest glass artists in the world. A resident of Clarence, New York, Trabucco’s astonishing art glass paperweights—glass objects containing colorful re-creations of flowers, butterflies and lizards encased in crystal—are recognized internationally for their beauty, innovation and technique. The groundbreaking installation, Glass Within Glass: The Magic Of The Trabucco Studio – The Paperweight Artistry Of Victor, Jon, and David Trabucco, will include more than 40 works by Trabucco, as well as representations by his twin sons, David and Jon. The exhibition will provide visitors the opportunity to enjoy, understand and appreciate how the Trabuccos manipulate glass to achieve extraordinary results. Additionally, a timeline will provide historical context about art glass paperweights and trace how they progressed from the 1800s to present-day through the works of the Trabucco Studio. The works in this timeline have been carefully selected from the Margaret Woodbury Strong paperweight collection, a gathering of glass not shown to the public in more than three decades. Some of the earliest paperweights were made in Murano, Italy, an island in the Venetian Lagoon in the 1840s. Pietro Bigaglia is generally accepted to be the first to exhibit what the art world calls glass paperweights, an act that culminated in the creation in France of what are considered to be the art form’s greatest works made 1845 - 1860. The Trabucco Studio exhibition is guest curated by Michael Calleri, a Buffalo movie critic and paperweight enthusiast. Calleri has long studied the work of the Trabuccos and the centuries-old history of paperweight traditions. He will provide an introduction for the exhibition’s accompanying brochure. As guest curator, he has lead the selection of the Trabucco Studio paperweights in the installation, as well as personally selecting more than 50 Strong collection paperweights for the historical timeline. In 2009, Calleri founded the most popular group on Facebo