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1990 Hank Murta Adams Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1956 cast glass and metal 29 1/4 x 17 3/4 x 13 1/4 in. (74.3 x 45.1 x 33.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery 1997.59 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56A

Luce Center Quote

“The slight translucency of glass gives the pieces a spirit, makes them alive, moody.” Hank Murta Adams

Luce Center Label

Hank Murta Adams was not formally trained in glass but learned through trial and error. His pieces often developed cracks while cooling, and these “flaws” became an integral part of his work. The color used in Gomer was not consciously chosen, but resulted from what was available at the factory when Adams obtained his glass. The artist is fascinated by the human head and uses it to express intense psychological states. Viewers are often shocked to discover Gomer is made from glass, as its garish color and intimidating stance contradict the fluidity and delicate nature of many blown or flameworked pieces.


Figure - fragment - face

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass