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Nine Views

1995 Richard Jolley Born: Wichita, Kansas 1952 blown, acid-etched, and assembled glass 86 x 16 1/2 in. (218.4 x 41.9 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery 1997.93 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 55B

Luce Center Quote

“One of the unique qualities of glass is that you have just one moment to define a gesture.” Richard Jolley, American Craft, 1997

Luce Center Label

Richard Jolley suggests that instead of its obvious interpretation as a baseball team, Nine Views is less literal, symbolizing the different possible viewpoints in any situation. The baseball caps simply indicate Everyman, and the impressive size of the piece relates to the very American belief that “bigger is better.”


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