Artist: Steve Linn

  • In each of the mysterious, living icons that the artist Steve Linn presents he narrates his own history and the history of his art. He tells the story of a creator who has known how to draw upon the best of two cultures on either side of the Atlantic; he also—seemingly unintentionally—provides a summary of the history of sculpture, ceaselessly reinvented with pieces of wood, bronze and glass. His works always combine representation and celebration. Steve Linn is at his most impressive in the role of master glassmaker; he takes refuge in a kind of technological lair, starts up powerful compressors (shipped from New York together with his wife’s piano) and then starts the slow, patient, unnerving process of engraving on glass with a high pressure sand jet. Each gesture is decisive in this work; unlike lines plotted by a painter or draftsman, ‘repenting’ is impossible here.

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
    Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
    Bayly Art Museum, University Of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Ile-Ife Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
    Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA
    National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
    Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California
    Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ
    New York City Fire Museum, New York, NY
    Commune de Hauterives, Drôme, France
    Verrerie Ouvrière d’Albi, Albi, France
    Museum of Art and History, Anchorage, Alaska
    National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Long Beach Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
    Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
    Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, Florida