For John and Joyce Price, collecting art is a passion, a unique personal way of entering into a rich and meaningful life experience. Eyes for Glass features three different areas of their collecting interests, the majority of which are contemporary works in glass. As a nine year old child John saw the 1952 film Moulin Rouge, featuring the life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and as a result decided that, when an adult, he would collect the art of Lautrec.
In the mid 1970’s, while continuing to acquire Lautrec’s art and memorabilia, the Prices discovered the world of contemporary Inuit artists, some of whom utilized similar printing techniques as Lautrec. The Inuit and other Northwest tribal art became a great passion as reflected in the pieces by such leading figures as Kenojuak Ashevak, Joe David and Preston Singletary, among others. The Native American artwork presented in the collection is alive with relationships among generations, individuals and cultures. Each work enunciates the power of cultural heritage and the many ways in which these artists are shaping a new language of American art.
By the late 1970's, John learned of the existence of Western Washington’s famed Pilchuck Glass School. Impressed by the ever increasing innovations and beauty of national and international contemporary studio glass artists studying and teaching there, the Prices avidly began collecting glass art - whether it be blown, cast, cold-worked, sand-cast, engraved, fused, slumped, carved, lamp-worked, painted or in combination with non-glass materials. Artists included, but not limited to, are Chihuly, Fritz Dreisbach, Kyohei Fujita, Walt Lieberman, Dante Marioni, William Morris, Cappy Thompson and Dick Weiss. More than the art, it is the individual artists or teams who make the art and the galleries, museums and organizations who supporting their efforts, that have become so important to the Prices. The act of collecting has allowed them to establish not only a dialogue with artists, but also to grow into lifelong friendships. At a time when the world is fragmented and chaotic, the Prices have sought to share the objects from their collection that speak of balance, beauty and harmony.
Artists included in Eyes for Glass are: Sean Albert, Kenojuak Ashevak, Jane Beebe, Lisbeth Biger, Sonja Blomdahl, Curtiss Brock, Frederick Carder, Dale Chihuly, Joe David, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Laura de Santillana, Steven DeVries, Fritz Dreisbach, Tom Farbanish, Gisele et Regis Fievet, Fabio Fornasier, Kyohei Fujita, Saburo Funakoshi, Lewis Tamihana Gardiner, Ann Gardner, Mitchell Gaudet, Katherine Gray, Gregory Grenon, Susan Holland Reed, James Houston, Clarissa Rizal, Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Joey Kirkpatrick, Sabrina Knowles, David Leight, Walter Lieberman, Flora Mace, Joanna Manousis, Dante Marioni, Paul Marioni, Massimo Micheluzzi, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Yasuko Miyazaki, Tobias Mohl, Benjamin Moore, William Morris, Mel Munsen, Felice Nittolo, Marvin Oliver, Allan Packer, Jackie Pancari, Danny Perkins, Shaun Peterson, Susan Point, Annie Pootoogook, Jill Reynolds, Richard Royal, Ginny Ruffner, Judith Schaechter, Preston Singletary, David Schwartz, Therman Statom, Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Lino Tagliapietra, Cappy Thompson, Cesare Toffolo Rossit, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Veruska Vagen, Bertil Vallien, Laura Ward, Dick Weiss, Sally Worcester, William Worcester, Hiroshi Yamano, Mark Zirpel and Toots Zynsky.

Bellevue Arts Museum 18.03.2010 - 08.08.2010

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