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Marvin Lipofsky and Keith Boyle

The Hansen Gallery

The Hansen Gallery recently featured free forms in blown glass by Marvin Lipofsky, a pioneer in the contemporary revival of free blown glass as an art idiom, and who was chiefly responsible for the organizing and equipping of a glassblowing studio foundry at the Berkeley campus of the University of California.

Professor Lipofsky’s exhibits seem chiefly interesting for the truly impressive diversity of unique colors and textures achieved by combining glass with various metals and other pigmentive materials. In form the pieces are all basically bulbous or tubular. Esthetically the most intriguing devices in this exhibition were the multicolored and scintillating labyrinthine “optical environments” formed within the hollow interiors of some of these complexly corrugated globules as viewable through the transparent glass closures terminating the tubular necks which characterize most of the

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