Then and Now
A unique exhibition of blown glass from two eras
by a pioneer of the Studio glass movement
May 3 – June 9, 2007
ZeST Gallery is delighted to announce a truly unique exhibition that represents a milestone in the international Studio glass movement. For the first time, a body of early work by the renowned glass artist Sam Herman will be shown alongside a series of fascinating new pieces, marking a triumphant return to glass after a 15-year interval spent exploring the creative possibilities of sculpture and painting.
Then and Now presents a rare opportunity to witness the evolution of Sam's artistry in work created during a career in glass spanning more than three decades and in the inspirational new pieces made over the past few months in a London glass Studio.
"Hot glass has always been an integral part of my artistic life and, despite enjoying other artistic endeavours, the desire to work with hot glass has never left me," Sam said. "Like many feelings in life, sometimes it takes a considerable amount of time before you realise what should be obvious. Hot glass was missing in my life, and consequently I am very pleased that I am now able to work again in this medium."
The exhibition -- Sam's first solo show for nearly seven years -- will also showcase some of the artist's other recent creative work, including paintings and sculptures. Like most of the glass art on display, many of these will be on public view for the first time.
Sam, who currently divides his time between homes in Mallorca and London, is a key figure in the history of Studio glass. Born in Mexico, he later became a U.S. citizen and in the early 1960s he was one of the first students of legendary American glass artist, Harvey Littleton. Moving to the United Kingdom, he introduced the concept of glass as an art form, heading up the glass department at the Royal College of Art for several years. In 1969, he conceived and founded the Glasshouse, in London's Covent Garden, the first glass Studio of its kind in the country. In 1974, he travelled to Adelaide at the invitation of the South Australian government, and set up the glass area in the Jam Factory, the country's first hot glass Studio, which remains a key part of the city's arts scene to this day. Another highlight of his career was his appointment as a consultant to Belgium's venerable crystal factory, Cristalleries Val Saint Lambert, in operation since 1826.
As befits his importance to the world of glass, Sam's work can be seen in numerous public collections around the world, including The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Musee du Verre de Charleroi in Belgium, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Art Institute in Chicago and the Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, New York state.
For more information about the artist and high-res images, please contact Gallery Manager Leonie Brumby on 020 7610 1900, firstname.lastname@example.org.