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Selenium Ruby

1994 Michael Taylor Born: Lewisburg, Tennessee 1944 glass and Vitrolite 16 1/4 x 17 1/4 x 13 in. (41.3 x 43.8 x 33.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Barbara Tannenbaum Epstein and Henry David Epstein 1994.94 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56A

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“hard edges, formalistic, robotics, imaginary mechanical function line, subtle line, line thick and thin, differing ¼ inch, ½ inch beveled, chamfered edges, line-forming edges continuum of line and form, inside, outside the capsule” Michael Taylor

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Selenium Ruby is named for the vivid red in the center of the form. Selenium is one of the most important coloring agents for making pink and red glass, and selenium ruby is the final, brilliant red produced when the maximum amount of selenium is added to a certain type of glass. Michael Taylor uses clear optical glass to distort and intensify the different hues, highlighting his planes and blocks of color.


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About Michael Taylor

Born: Lewisburg, Tennessee 1944