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Prägnanz Series

1988 William Carlson Born: Dover, Ohio 1950 granite and cast and laminated glass overall: 27 3/8 x 18 x 6 3/4 in. (69.5 x 45.7 x 17.2 cm) part A: 12 x 16 x 4 3/8 in. (30.5 x 40.7 x 11.2 cm.) part B: 12 1/8 x 13 x 14 in. (30.8 x 33.0 x 10.2 cm) part C: 12 1/2 x 15 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. (31.8 x 39.7 x 12.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Annie and Mike Belkin 1992.40 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56A

Luce Center Quote

"A lot of what glass is about is light, and my faceting brings light into play." William Carlson, Braniff Magazine, 1989

Luce Center Label

Prägnanz is a German word that means "conciseness," and describes the ability of objects to be arranged in a way that is both simple and balanced. William Carlson carefully stacks his geometric shapes to create solid, looming towers of glass and granite.


decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass


stone - granite

About William Carlson

Born: Dover, Ohio 1950

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