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Two Bottles

1987 James Watkins Born: New Iberia, Louisiana 1955 still life of cast pâte-de verre bottle forms in white-grey 12 x 7 in. (30.5 x 17.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken 1999.57.11 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56A


Luce Center Quote

“I am intrigued by the familiarity of still-life objects and their evocative potential. Cast crystal illuminates all subtleties. I am interested in the transformation of the prosaic into the poetic in the simplest way.” James Watkins, Heller Gallery, 1990

Luce Center Label

In Two Bottles, the imposing form and rough surface evoke a cracked and fissured cliff face. The overlapping shapes suggest abstract figures, and Watkins uses limited color to highlight his subtle lines and variations in tone.

Keywords

Object - other - container

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass