Red Urn

  • Louis Sclafani, Red Urn, 1993, glass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Linda and Mitch Berliner, 1994.35.2

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The Red Urns explore the idea of a nonfunctional vessel. Louis Sclafani creates an illusion of inner space that deceives the viewer into believing the glass is hollow. The urns are almost two-dimensional with strong silhouettes emphasized by elaborate decoration. They stand tall and proud, like relics from a forgotten past.

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“I have focused on exposing the relationship of the inner core of the glass, magnifying its transition to the outer surface, and concentrating on the outer plane, both as a painterly composition and a textural patinated surface that echoes antiquity.” Louis Sclafani, Maurine Littleton Gallery, 1995

Title
Red Urn
Artists
Date
1993
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Dimensions
19 1/2 x 10 7/8 x 5 in. (49.6 x 27.7 x 12.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Linda and Mitch Berliner

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Object Number
1994.35.2
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