Opening Reception: Friday, December 28, 5:00-7:00 PM
David Richard Gallery is pleased to debut in the US, exciting new sculptures created by Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg, the husband and wife team from Europe. Their newest sculptures are mobiles made of blown and cold-worked, cut glass suspended from metal rods that turn effortlessly along the long axis and the perpendicular side axes. The spherical, elliptical and torpedo shapes of the individual glass elements harken back modernist tendencies and astral representations of orbiting planets and the cosmos. The artists uniquely combine the Swedish method of layering colors of glass with battuto, the Muranese technique of deeply cutting into the glass, revealing not only the colors beneath, but bringing each piece to life by increasing the transparency of the medium and harnessing the surrounding light. The exhibition will also feature new Guardian sculptures, boat sculptures and vessels.
In the past fourteen months, Baldwin and Guggisberg concluded two major retrospective exhibitions spanning multiple decades of their artwork, A Journey of Beginnings - Glass by Monica Guggisberg and Philip Baldwin. The presentations were at the Musée Ariana in Geneva, Switzerland and the second, which featured one of their newest mobile sculptures and just closed December 2, 2012 was at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. Many of the artworks from their retrospective exhibitions will be included in this exhibition at David Richard Gallery.
Artwork of Baldwin and Guggisberg is included in the permanent collections of over 31 museums throughout the US, Europe and Middle East, including American Craft Museum (New York), Musée Ariana (Genève), Musée des arts décoratifs (Paris), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), Chrysler Museum (Norfolk, VA), Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY), Denver Art Museum, Die Neue Sammlung (München), Eretz Israel Museum (Tel Aviv), Houston Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), Indianapolis Museum of Art, Museo del vetro (Murano), Swiss National Collection of Applied Art and The Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH). The couple has had numerous solo exhibitions and their art has been included in many group shows and art fair presentations throughout the world during their prestigious career. They live and work in Paris, France and regularly travel to Murano, Italy to perform the battuto technique and complete the creation of their spectacular sculptures.
David Richard Gallery is located in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District and specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric, hard-edge, Op, Pop, Minimalism and conceptualism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works.