Wonders of Glass by Jean-Michel Othoniel

NEW YORK—A gallery of glass in many whimsical forms is on view at the Brooklyn Museum. “My Way,” captures Jean-Michel Othoniel’s work over the past 25 years. The French artist’s vivid imagination is on full display in large-scale strings of colored-glass beads, a glass brick wall draped with strands of glass jewels, an ornate bed and a collection of glass jars.

According to the museum, the works “references Othoniel’s idiosyncratic path among various movements in contemporary art, including Arte Povera, Minimalism, Conceptual art, and Surrealism; he has also been influenced by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Sophie Calle, and Félix González-Torres.”

“My Way” is on view from Aug. 17 yo Dec. 2, 2012.

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Detail of “Tears (Lagrimas),” 2001 (glass, distilled water, wood, aluminum).

Watch a video of Jean-Michel Othoniel discussing his work in the exhibit.

Installation view of “Precious Stone Wall.

Detail of “Precious Stone Wall.”

In foreground, “Lacan’s Knot,” 2009 (mirrored glass, metal). In background, from top, “Large Double Lacan’s Knot,” 2011 (mirrored glass, metal).

“My Bed,” 2003 (Murano glass, steel, aluminium, braid, soft furnishings, felt).

Installation view of “My Bed.”

Installation view.

“The Secret Happy End,” 2008 (Murano glass, Saint Just’s mirror glass, metal, vintage carriage).

Installation view of “The Secret Happy End.”

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