April 7, 2018 - May 29, 2019Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery
Small Worlds highlights different techniques, styles, and various types of paperweights from the 19th century, the classic period for paperweight manufacture, to present day. This exhibition features works from the classic period by European glass factories like French crystal manufacturers Baccarat, Clichy, and Saint-Louis. Paperweight production all but ceased in late 19th century Europe, but was revived in the mid-20th century in both Europe and the United States. Independent artists experimented with new designs, techniques, and materials. Some of the earliest contemporary paperweights in Small Worlds were created by Charles Kaziun and Dominick Labino, both members of the Studio Glass Movement. Numerous works by Paul Stankard, Rick Ayotte, and Cathy Richardson as well as artworks by seventeen other contemporary paperweight makers are also featured.
Paperweights continue to be a popular art object today, and manufacturers and artists all over the world have enlarged the scope, scale, design and fabrication of this diminutive object. This exhibition not only features a vast collection of historical European paperweights from the FIA’s permanent collection but also a large variety of contemporary paperweights from important private collections.
Paperweights: Highlights from the Flint Institute of Arts Collection
(hardcover; 248 pages; $24.95)
This exhibition catalog features more than 140 weights from the Classic Period (1845–1860) of French manufacturers Baccarat, Clichy, and Saint-Louis, to works by contemporary artists Josh Simpson and Debbie Tarsitano, from the collections of Mrs. Viola E. Bray and Mrs. Genevieve Shaw. Kathryn Sharbaugh, FIA Director of Development, serves as guest curator to research and write about the history of paperweights, as well as highlight their various styles, techniques, and categories. This book is published in conjunction with the exhibition Small Worlds, which presents a survey of glass paperweights from the 19th century to the present. Support for the catalogue provided by the Bray Charitable Trust.