New work by Richard Wright installed by YGT in Rome
YGT have again assisted Richard Wright in the fabrication and installation of a major artwork in leaded glass. On 29 September the Gagosian Gallery in Rome will open this eagerly awaited exhibition after more than a year of planning. Working from Richard Wright’s full size cutline drawings, YGT have fabricated three large rectangular windows (each approximately 4.6m tall by 1.8m in width), which have taken 5 months to make. Each window contains several thousand individually cut fragments of hand produced glass, all specially commissioned and made for the project. The three windows will temporarily replace the existing glazing in a beautiful, spacious elliptical gallery and cast dazzling rays, pools and ribbons of transmitted sunlight. The windows represent the most complex and challenging of Richard Wright’s designs in leaded glass to date in what is proving to be a fruitful collaboration.
The windows are made predominantly with mouth blown crystal clear sheet and slab glasses, manufactured by English Antique Glass. In the central window Richard has introduced a single colour, a deep blue flashed glass, made by Lamberts of Germany. The three large, elegant white frames for the windows were fabricated by J Wedgwood & Son, York.
The installation echos the traditional grisaille windows of the early medieval glaziers in Europe, but in the staggeringly complex geometric forms and rhythms there is something also entirely modern and new about the work. Renowned for his beautiful and complex wall paintings, Richard Wright is fast developing a reputation as one of the finest modern artists working in glass. YGT has been delighted to have assisted with this breathtaking project and we look forward with interest to see the next direction that Richard takes with his work.
The exhibition will be on at the Gagosian Gallery, Via Francesco Crispi, Rome, from 29 September until 10 November 2015.