When we learn art history — or anything for that matter — we get it served up in neat little categories which makes it all so much easier to digest.  And then, little by little,  it becomes clear that those neat little compartments aren’t quite as distinct as we thought they were.  That behind every new style, every technical innovation, every discovery there is a criss-crossing of conversations, exchanges, observations…

Looks like a Chinese porcelain bowl? Well, it is made of glass by 18th-century Italian Francesco Vezzi in Venice, Italy (1720-1724).

That’s what I find so enchanting about a show at the Corning Museum of Glass:  “East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries” is all about far flung artists and artisans learning from each other.   I highlight some of these connections in my review in the WSJ and you can read more about it on the museum’s web-site.



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