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Dante Marioni

Red Group
red and black glass
28 1/8 x 101/2 x 6 in.; 33 1/2 x 7 x 6 3/8 in.; and 14 x 13 1/4 x 9 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Red Group comprises three classically inspired vessels that Dante Marioni arranged to relate to one another. The interplay of volume, silhouette, and color creates exciting spatial relationships. Many of his sculptures consist of three vessels. To distinguish the trios from each other, he employs different color schemes—yellow with black, purple with orange, and black with white. Although it might seem that Marioni's primary interest is color, his sculpture succeeds because he pays equal attention to form. These large, attenuated shapes are full of life and dynamically complement each other.