Friday, April 20, 2018

8 contemporary stained glass artists redefining the ancient craft

By Emma Taggart

2018 Alpha Omega Prize Finalist:
"Lamentation Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted I" (2016) by Kehinde Wiley. Stained glass in aluminum frame, 97.91H X 72.76W IN. Image courtesy of the artist
Though the words “stained glass art” may trigger thoughts of medieval cathedral windows, today’s contemporary artists are proving that the thousand-year-old craft is anything but outdated. In 2011, American sound architect Christopher Janney was commissioned by Miami International Airport to create an interactive sound and light installation featuring stained glass. Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin created the monumental Watertower sculpture made from steel and about 1,000 pieces of colorful plexiglas. Having recently painted the former president Barack Obama’s official portrait, New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley’s work reinvents classic religious imagery by celebrating modern-day people of color. Read on for our list of artists who are redefining what stained glass art is today. [More]
Vitrail de la série "Lamentation", détail (2016), Kehinde Wiley (né en 1977) - Petit Palais, Paris VIIIe. Image courtesy of Yvette Gauthier
Série Lamentation "Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted II", 2016 de Kehinde WILEY - Courtesy Galerie Templon © Photo Éric Simon