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Happy 2010 from everyone at Heller Gallery!

January 16, 2010

Dear Friends,

As we look forward to the New Year we are optimistic about what lies ahead. Reflecting on the past year, we are very proud to say that Heller Gallery was a major resource for museum acquisitions in addition to purchases by significant private collections.

In 2009 the Gallery placed artworks by Beth Lipman in the permanent collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Kamm Teapot Foundation, the Corning Museum of Glass, the RISD Museum of Art and the Speed Art Museum. The Kamm Teapot Foundation also acquired a sculpture by Susan Taylor Glasgow. A major sculpture by Karen LaMonte was just acquired from the gallery by the Chrysler Museum of Art while a Christina Bothwell sculpture went to the Palm Springs Art Museum. The Speed Art Museum received a number of partial and promised gifts from Adele & Leonard Leight including outstanding works originally from Heller Gallery by Aleš Vašíček, Sibylle Peretti, Lino Tagliapietra and the legendary Czech couple Stanislav Libenský & Jaroslava Brychtová. In Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art hit the jackpot when it became the recipient of a 100-piece mega donation from Anna & Joe Mendel which included numerous works acquired from Heller Gallery. The Mendel collection will be on view at the MMFA from April 7th – October 31st 2010. Other pieces from the gallery were exhibited on loan at institutions ranging from the Museum of Glass to the Islip Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Center of VA, the Museum of American Glass and the Chrysler Museum of Art.

We are in the midst of a unique and expansive period in the history of glass. The material is increasingly viewed as a legitimate medium for fine artists and more and more works of art made from glass are entering public collections.

From the perspective of the Gallery’s interaction with the museum world, 2009 has been a banner year! Our thanks go to our artists without whose creativity and vision none of the above would be possible.

Happy 2010 from everyone at Heller Gallery!

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“See Through,” at the Islip Art Museum

November 14, 2009
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Hank Adams, "Maple Syrup," 2005

“See Through,” an exhibition of contemporary glass at the

Islip Art Museum will be opening November 25 and running through January 24th, 2010.

The artists represented include Hank Adams, Christina Bothwell, Jim Butler, Barbara Campisi, Josely Carvalho, Lucinda Cobley, Beth Dary, Sue Fuller, Barry Goldberg, Karen LaMonte, Beth Lipman, Jill Moser, Marc Petrovic, and Tom Wolf.  The Islip Art Museum is an easy commute from New York City and  is in walking in distance from the Long Island Railroad, which runs from both Flatbush and Penn Station.   For more information on the Islip Art Museum vist their website.

SOFA Preview

November 6, 2009

Libensky  DOVEThe Hellers are currently out in Chicago setting up booths for SOFA.  SOFA (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) is an annual art fair that show cases the finest handmade objects from artists across the globe.  Heller always has a strong presence there and this year will be making a splash with artists Nicole Chesney, Steffen Dam, Karen LaMonte, Beth Lipman, Tobias Mohl, Sibylle Peretti, Ivana Sramkova, and a unique wall installation by Libensky and Brychtova.  The show runs from November 6-8 at Navy Pier in Chicago, but you can preview the work here, at the Heller Gallery Website.

Hiromi Takizawa’s installation on view at Heller

November 3, 2009
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Crossing the Pacific, Hiromi Takizawa

Heller Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Hiromi Takizawa’s installation Crossing the Pacific Ocean. In this piece the artist explores the ideas of cultural identity, cultural and physical movement, and the distance and speed with which they are spanned in the world today.  The emotions relayed in this work, are not weighed down by the permanence once assumed by the immigrant/emigrant.  Instead, we see a contemplation of the personal experience of ‘globalization’ which includes everything from the freedom to choose the culture you wish to surround yourself with (even if it is not your native culture) to providing transportation which will take you from one place to the other faster than your body will naturally adjust to.  Ms. Takizawa’s work makes us question whether the physical axiom of quantity changing into quality, ultimately translates the metaphysical concept of cultural distance by frequency to proximity.

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Lino Retrospective at Palm Springs Art Museum

October 3, 2009
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Lino Tagliapietra, Endeavor

Lino Tagliapertra in Retrospect:  A Modern Renaissance in Italian Glass, ” is currently on view at the Palm Springs Art Museum through December 27th.  The extensive exhibit tells the story of Tagliapietra, a virtuoso factory glass blower, who explodes with creative vibrancy after traveling to the United States.  The show includes work from his entire career,  from masterful goblets to his large boat installation, “Endeavor.” You can read more about the exhibition here.

Experts convenve for the Symposium on American Studio Crafts on Oct. 2nd

September 26, 2009
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Beth Lipman, Basket of Fruit on Bancketje

Symposium on American Studio Crafts: An Emerging Force in the Decorative Arts Market,” is a full day event for both new and established collectors, organized by the Appraisers Association of America.   The symposium will cover the critical aspects of connoisseurship and identifying value and will take place at Bonhams, on October 2nd from 9am-5pm.  Doug Heller, President of Heller Gallery,  participate in a panel discussion how an artist’s work progresses throughout their career.  Other speakers include  Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass, Corning Museum of Glass;  David McFadden,  Chief Curator,  Museum of Arts and Design; Kate Carmel, appraiser and former Chief Curator, American Craft Museum, to name a few.   For tickets call 212-889-5404, $85.00/person.

Fall Glass Guide to the West Side

September 24, 2009

Fall has arrived!  The city is warm and breezy,  but the waning daylight is a reminder that our days outdoors are numbered.  Make the most of the remaining sunny afternoons with this guide to colorful array of glass exhibits on the west side of Manhattan.

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Gregory Grenon, That Uncertain Gesture, 2009

Start out at 420 W. 14th Street at Heller Gallery, of course.  Two new shows, “Love Hurts,”  by Susan Taylor Glasgow, and “Gregory Grenon” open this month.  Grenon’s reverse painting on glass brings a raw, colorful, and expressionist aesthetic to his female subjects.  The rich colors and heavy lines both contrast and highlight the dark emotional overtones which define his ouvre.  Also, get your fix of your favorites in the front gallery where Heller is  exhibiting  an international array of glass artists including Lino Tagliapietra, Bertil Vallien and Karen Lamonte.

From Heller,  head up to the High Line and enjoy the elevated railway park on your way to Chelsea.  The High Line walkway is lined with wild flowers, food vendors and benches were you can rest, socialize, eat and catch rare views of the city.

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