Brian Clarke: The Art of Light at the Museum of Art and Design
Brian ClarkeInstallation view of Brian Clarke: The Art of Light at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (September 17, 2020–February 21, 2021).Photo by Jenna Bascom The lyrical beauty of stained glass has always seduced me. As a kid, I’d spend more time looking at the beautiful colors of …
The lyrical beauty of stained glass has always seduced me. As a kid, I’d spend more time looking at the beautiful colors of the stained-glass windows than listening to mass. When I enrolled in art school at a very young age, I had, on the back of my mind, this idea that eventually I’d take classes in the fascinating art of stained glass (it has not happened yet). That’s why I’m excited to share the news of the exhibition Brian Clarke: The Art of Light at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.
The show presents more than 100 works, compositions in lead, and related drawings of British artist Brian Clarke. Considered as one of the most important artists working in stained glass, Clarke has consistently pushed the boundaries of the medium in terms of technology and its aesthetic potential through his constant experimentation with materials and approaches. It’s been said that he has “radically stretched the limits of what stained glass can do and express.”
For all stained glass lovers out there, the Museum of Arts and Design has in display more than 100 pieces that the artist created over the last two decades. The colorful experience is arranged thematically, presenting central themes in the artist’s practice including, morality, modernity, and memory.
“There is a world that can only be seen through stained glass. It is like no other. The range of experience I can deliver through it is greater than anything I’ve known in my life,” Clarke said. “Many of the greatest artists have been intensely involved with stained glass—Mondrian, Matisse, Albers, Cocteau, De Kooning, Le Corbusier, Richter. I believe the medium has the potential to have the same kind of uplifting impact on our urban engagement as it had on architecture in the 15th century. I want to surpass the Middle Ages, not equal them. This exhibition demonstrates that stained glass has an authority and potential to deal with every human condition.”
To celebrate the exhibition, HENI Publishing published a stunning 286-page catalog with an introduction from renowned Starchitect Norman Foster. The exhibition runs from September 17 through February 21, 2021, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD).
For more information, visit MAD’s website.
Brian Clarke: The Art of Light is organized by the Sainsbury Centre in association with the Museum of Arts and Design.
Brian Clarke: The Art of Light is made possible by presenting sponsor DAVID YURMAN with major support from Klara and Larry Silverstein and Michele and Marty Cohen, and Simona and Jerry Chazen.