Toots Zynsky “Red List”

Heller Gallery

poster for Toots Zynsky “Red List”
[Image: Toots Zynsky "SHORT-CRESTED COQUETTE" (2020) (Southwest Mexico), filet-de-verre, 8 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 9 7/8 in.]

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Heller Gallery presents Red List, our third solo exhibition of new work by American artist Toots Zynsky. Fourteen pieces will be included in the exhibition,
which takes its name from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

With a studio glass practice spanning four decades, Zynsky has established an international reputation for making exquisite, sensually undulating and richly colored sculptural vessels made of fused glass threads. Her work has long been driven by explorations of composition and color, and with this most recent body of work ever deeper examinations of the complex and extraordinary coloration of globally endangered birds from the Red List. Zynsky says that ‘researching the evolution of birds’ coloration is intriguing. It’s truly phenomenal.’ And further that ‘watching forest fires spreading over millions of acres in the United States, Brazil and Australia over just the past year, has been a stunning reminder of the fragility of our ecosystems and the increasing losses to our biodiversity.’ Her Red List works speak beautifully and eloquently of her advocacy and are an urgent call to action.

Toots Zynsky’s role as a participant, and eventual protagonist, of the world studio glass movement, shaped her artistic evolution. When she received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1973, Zynsky was one of the only women in a group of pioneering artists studying with Dale Chihuly, who made studio glass a worldwide phenomenon. In conjunction with Chihuly, she participated in the founding and early development of Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. Later she served as Assistant Director and Head of the Hot Shop at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop in New York City (now UrbanGlass). Curator and art historian Tina Oldknow said that ‘Zynsky has made a life’s work of studying and manipulating colored glass through the vehicle of her distinctive, undulating forms.’

Zynsky’s work is held in the permanent collections of more than 80 international institutions in Asia, Australia, the United States, Canada and Mexico, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt in New York City; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs du Louvre in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria, and the Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards including the 2016 Corning Specialty Glass Residency, the 2015 Smithsonian Visionary Award, the 2013 Women’s Center of Rhode Island Annual Women of Excellence Award and the 2006 Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts.



from March 06, 2020 to April 11, 2020

Opening Reception on 2020-03-05 from 18:00 to 20:00


Toots Zynsky

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