Barbara Nanning: Bedazzled

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Open: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm

2-4 King Street, St. James's, SW1Y 6QP, London, UK
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm


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Barbara Nanning: Bedazzled

to Thu 22 Dec 2022

Artist: Barbara Nanning

2-4 King Street, St. James's, SW1Y 6QP Barbara Nanning: Bedazzled

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm


Private view: Thursday 24 November, 6pm-8pm

David Gill presents an exhibition of new and recent work by Barbara Nanning, one of the most significant glass artists practising today.

Artworks

Candlesticks 'Chimaera I, II, III', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
I: H12.5 x L7 x D7 cm / H4.9 x L2.8 x D2.8 in; II: H20 x L7 x D7 cm / H7.9 x L2.8 x D2.8 in; III: H30 x L7 x D7 cm / H11.8 x L2.8 x D2.8 in

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Candlesticks 'Chimaera IV, V, VI', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
IV: H6 x L7 x D7 cm / H2.4 x L2.8 x D2.8 in; V: H9 x L8.5 x D8.5 cm / H3.5 x L3.3 x D3.3 in; VI: H6 x L12 x D6.5 cm / H2.4 x L4.7 x D2.6 in

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'Chimaera XIX', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
13 x 27 cm / 5.1 x 10.6 in

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'Chimaera XL', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
23 x 20 x 20 cm / 9.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 in

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'Chimaera XLI', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
19 x 17 x 17 cm / 7.5 x 6.7 x 6.7 in

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'Chimaera XLII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
8 x 27 x 27 cm / 3.1 x 10.6 x 10.6 in

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'Chimaera XLIII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
20 x 20 x 20 cm / 7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 in

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'Chimaera XLIV', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
15 x 29 x 29 cm / 5.9 x 11.4 x 11.4 in

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'Chimaera XVII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
21 x 18 x 18 cm / 8.3 x 7.1 x 7.1 in

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'Chimaera XVIII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
28 x 19 x 19 cm / 11 x 7.5 x 7.5 in

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Chimaera XX', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
18 x 29 x 29 cm / 7.1 x 11.4 x 11.4 in

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'Chimaera XXI', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
23 x 23 x 23 cm / 9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 in

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'Chimaera XXII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
13 x 13 x 13 cm / 5.1 x 5.1 x 5.1 in

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'Chimaera XXIII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
12 x 13 x 14 cm / 4.7 x 5.1 x 5.5 in

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'Chimaera XXIV', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
12 x 13 x 14 cm / 4.7 x 5.1 x 5.5 in

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'Chimaera XXV', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
23 x 17 x 17 cm / 9.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 in

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'Chimaera XXVI', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
8 x 15 x 15 cm / 3.1 x 5.9 x 5.9 in

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'Chimaera XXVII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
19 x 18 x 18 cm / 7.5 x 7.1 x 7.1 in

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'Chimaera XXVIII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
34 x 19 x 19 cm / 13.4 x 7.5 x 7.5 in

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'Chimaera XXIX', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
17 x 18 x 18 cm / 6.7 x 7.1 x 7.1 in

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'Chimaera XXX', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
21 x 17 x 17 cm / 8.3 x 6.7 x 6.7 in

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'Chimaera XXXI', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
5 x 13 x 13 cm / 2 x 5.1 x 5.1 in

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'Chimaera XXXII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
27 x 18 x 18 cm / 10.6 x 7.1 x 7.1 in

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'Chimaera XXXIII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
12 x 17 x 17 cm / 4.7 x 6.7 x 6.7 in

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'Chimaera XXXIV', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
30 x 19 x 19 cm / 11.8 x 7.5 x 7.5 in

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'Chimaera XXXV', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
26 x 19 x 19 cm / 10.2 x 7.5 x 7.5 in

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'Chimaera XXXVIII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
18 x 25 x 25 cm / 7.1 x 9.8 x 9.8 in

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'Chimaera XXXVII', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
21 x 17 x 17 cm / 8.3 x 6.7 x 6.7 in

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'Chimaera XXXIX', 2022

Crystal, blown, hand-formed
19 x 18 x 18 cm / 7.5 x 7.1 x 7.1 in

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'Frozen Fountain', 2014

Glass, blown, hand-formed
29 x 27 x 20 cm / 11.4 x 10.6 x 7.9 in

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'Untitled', 2018

Glass, blown, hand-formed
8.5 x 11 cm / 3.3 x 4.3 in

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'Untitled', 2018

Glass, blown, hand-formed
10 x 12 cm / 3.9 x 4.7 in

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'Untitled', 2018

Glass, blown, hand-formed
9 x 17 cm / 3.5 x 6.7 in

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'Untitled', 2021

Glass, blown, hand-formed
19 x 18 x 19 cm / 7.5 x 7.1 x 7.5 in

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'Untitled', 2022

Glass, blown, hand-formed
18 x 24 x 18 cm / 7.1 x 9.4 x 7.1 in

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'Dazzled Shadow', 2022

Glass, blown, hand-formed, 23 kr. louvre gilded
17 x 29 x 29 cm / 6.7 x 11.4 x 11.4 in

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'Untitled', 2022

Glass, blown, hand-formed, 23.5 kr. orange gold gilded
20 x 29 x 25 cm / 7.9 x 11.4 x 9.8 in

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'Go with the Flow', 2016

Glass, blown, hand-formed, black and silver lustre
29 x 29 x 26 cm / 11.4 x 11.4 x 10.2 in

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'Untitled', 2022

Glass, blown, hand-formed, black and silver lustre
23 x 37 x 35 cm / 9.1 x 14.6 x 13.8 in

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'Untitled', 2007

Glass, blown, hand-formed, sandblasted, 23.5 kr. louvre gold gilded

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'Untitled', 2016

Glass, blown, hand-formed, sandblasted, 23.5 kr. louvre gold gilded
15 x 27 x 22 cm / 5.9 x 10.6 x 8.7 in

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'Untitled', 2012

Glass, blown, hand-formed, sandblasted, 23.5 kr. orange gold gilded
17 x 31 x 25 cm / 6.7 x 12.2 x 9.8 in

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'Untitled', 2021

Glass, blown, hand-formed, sandblasted, 23.5 kr. orange gold gilded
14 x 19 x 17 cm / 5.5 x 7.5 x 6.7 in

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'Untitled', 2021

Glass, blown, hand-formed, sandblasted, 23.5 kr. orange gold gilded
19 x 27 x 22 cm / 7.5 x 10.6 x 8.7 in

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'Untitled', 2022

Glass, blown, hand-formed, sandblasted, black and silver lustre
19 x 22 x 24 cm / 7.5 x 8.7 x 9.4 in

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'Untitled', 2022

Glass, blown, hand-formed, sandblasted, black and silver lustre
19 x 29 x 29 cm / 7.5 x 11.4 x 11.4 in

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'Untitled', 2011

Glass, blown, hand-formed, sandblasted, palladium gilded
20 x 31 x 27 cm / 7.9 x 12.2 x 10.6 in

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'Early Spring - X', 2011

White opaline glass, blown, hand-formed
22 x 15 x 17 cm / 8.7 x 5.9 x 6.7 in

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'Bunch of seeds', 2011

White opaline glass, blown, hand-formed, metal powder coating
58 x 50 x 75 cm / 22.8 x 19.7 x 29.5 in

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'Pollen Count I', 2011

White opaline glass, blown, hand-formed, plastic
52 x 65 x 53 cm / 20.5 x 25.6 x 20.9 in

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'La Rive du Fleuve - RV3', 2011

White opaline glass, riverstone
25 x 18 x 15 cm / 9.8 x 7.1 x 5.9 in

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'La Rive du Fleuve - RV16', 2012

White opaline glass, riverstone
38 x 23 x 28 cm / 15 x 9.1 x 11 in

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'La Rive du Fleuve - RV15', 2012

White opaline glass, riverstone
44 x 22 x 25 cm / 17.3 x 8.7 x 9.8 in

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'La Rive du Fleuve - RV10', 2012

White opaline glass, riverstone
33 x 18 x 22 cm / 13 x 7.1 x 8.7 in

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'La Rive du Fleuve - RV11', 2012

White opaline glass, riverstone
26 x 18 x 25 cm / 10.2 x 7.1 x 9.8 in

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'La Rive du Fleuve - RV7', 2012

White opaline glass, riverstone
45 x 21 x 26 cm / 17.7 x 8.3 x 10.2 in

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'La Rive du Fleuve - RV12', 2012

White opaline glass, riverstone
40 x 19 x 24 cm / 15.7 x 7.5 x 9.4 in

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'La Rive du Fleuve - RV20', 2012

White opaline glass, riverstone
18 x 14 x 22 cm / 7.1 x 5.5 x 8.7 in

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'La Rive du Fleuve - RV18', 2012

White opaline glass, riverstone
24 x 24 x 19 cm / 9.4 x 9.4 x 7.5 in

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Over four decades, Nanning’s reputation has grown ever greater, thanks to her imagination, skill and aesthetic acuity, as well as an infinite drive to push the boundaries of what glass can do. On show in Gill’s Mayfair gallery in November will be a series – Coloured Shadows – that Nanning has been considering for ten years. Working with innovation in glass canes, Nanning has succeeded in mimicking visually the cell structures found in the natural world.

Barbara Nanning divides her time between Amsterdam, where her studio in is a historic building overlooking Vondelpark, and Novy Bor in the Czech Republic, a renowned centre for excellence in glass- making. In Novy Bor, her virtuoso team of seven glass blowers fulfil her wishes for unique pieces of platonic perfection; the superfluous has no place in her aesthetic cannon. “We communicate through drawings, designs and gesture,” she says. “I prepare everything to the last detail in advance in Amsterdam, then in Novy Bor, we achieve the ultimate in collaboration between artist and craftsman.”

Nanning, who trained in ceramics, chose glass as her preferred medium in 1994, for its fluidity, transparency, and dematerialised possibilities. She plays with its unparalleled ability to carry dazzling colour like an abstract expressionist painter, fully exploiting its emotional charge.

Among the work on show at David Gill will be new exercises in VERRE EGLOMISÉ – a technique which dates back to Roman times, where the interior of vessels is lined with micro-fine layers of gold leaf, allowing light to be absorbed in a uniquely soft and subtle way; the series called COLOURED SHADOWS, in which Nanning uses bespoke glass canes to create cellular imagery; and the BLACK AND SILVER vessels, lined in an energetic black and silver lustre. A series called CHIMAERA was realised with the virtuoso glass-cutter Ales Zverina between 2018 and 2020. The bold, crisp forms are ground and sculpted by hand from a special Anna-green glass and crystal, vibrant with the acid tones of uranium.

She will also introduce a completely new wall work, composed of tens of jewel-like glass rings that gently reveal the tension between the material’s organic fluidity and perfect forms. “I always allow the glass to be spontaneous in the end,” says Nanning.

Nanning’s work is widely collected, both privately around the world, and also by museums including Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France, Bill Sr. and Mimi Gardner Gates, Seattle, USA and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands. A Monumental installation of significant importance is the Monument for the Mount Fuji “Petrified Dynamic Flow’ in the Tamaho branch of Gotemba City, commissioned by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (Saitama Prefecture), Japan.

In her 40 year career, her practice has evolved from intricate studies of the natural world, to minimalist investigations of colour, and she has worked at every scale, from domestically-sized objects to immense glass panels and sculptures. The purity of her latest work is a testament to the extraordinary depth of her creativity and resolution.

About Barbara Nanning
Barbara Nanning was born in the Hague in 1957. After studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, she quickly established a reputation as an artist working in ceramics, known for using paint pigments instead of conventional glaze. A commission from Royal Leerdam and the National Glass Museum in 1994 led to her discovery of glass. In her subsequent work, she found glass to be an exceptional medium to recreate the complexities of the natural world, creating botanically inspired works. More recently, she has maintained a love of organic forms, but to more minimalist effect. Along the way, she has secured her reputation as one of the foremost glass artists in the world.

Barbara Nanning, Dazzled Shadow, 2022. Glass, blown, hand-formed, 23 kr. louvre gilded H17 x L29 x D29 cm / H6.7 x L11.4 x D11.4 in


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