Massive Shard Rocket , 2000
Richard Marquis: The Best of the Two Worlds exhibition opens from 5 September in the gallery of Caterina Tognon in conjunction with the big exhibition at the Stanze del Vetro, on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice and the American Glass Studio, curated by Tina Oldknow and William Warmus (September 6, 2020 - January 10, 2021).
Massive Shard Rocket is made of blown painted glass, murrine and laminated wood.
Richard Marquis arrived in Venice in 1969 with a Fullbright and he rented a small apartment in Dorsoduro. Soon afterwords he went to work in the Venini company as “guest artist” without pay.
He was delighted with the palette of colors offered by Venini and their potential.
Marquis earned is M.A. in glass school and environmental design at Berkeley in 1972. His master thesis was a detailed illustrated manuscript on the making of traditional Venetian murrine and decorative cane work technique. For his exhibition he made two murrine one of which portraying the American flag.
And today he is one of the most important American artists who uses glass worked in the venetian style, as his favorite medium.