Marvin LIPOFSKY, California Loop Series No.8 Enlarge 1 /3
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On display on Level 1


Illinois, United States of America 1938 – Berkeley, California, United States of America 2016

1 September, 1938 – 15 January, 2016

California Loop Series No.8 c.1970 Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: glass, glass and nylon flocking glass: blown and partially flocked

Dimensions: 29.3 h x 53.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Crafts Board of the Australia Council Collection 1980
Accession No: NGA 82.590
Subject: Collection: The Crafts Board of Australia Council collection of Australian and International decorative and design arts, acquired 1982.

The California artist, Marvin Lipofsky, was among the pioneers of contemporary American studio glass, developing new organic forms and combining glass with other materials. His use of spray-flocking on this work deliberately obscures the glass, emphasising its organic and sinuous form. His use of such flamboyant shapes, combined with striking colour, evokes the world of automobile customising so popular in California during the 1960s.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design