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Untitled 12 (#32)

Untitled 12 (#32)

Artist: Klaus Moje (German, born 1936)
Date: 1992
Medium: Sheet glass, stripped, kilnformed, and wheel cut
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (40 x 7 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, 2012
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2012.21
Description
Klaus Moje was born in Germany and moved to Australia in 1982 when he was invited to help develop the glass program at the Canberra School of Art. His pioneering influence is in the fact that, in an era when contemporary glass was dominated by the flashy theatrics of glassblowing, he was steadfastly developing a different vocabulary and process for glass that involved the meticulous fusing and finishing of glass sheets into compositions of hard-edged abstraction on the one hand and painterly gesture on the other. Moje’s compositions have been compared to Russian Constructivism and Suprematism—especially the work of Kazimir Malevich, with his reductive, abstract forms; the strong diagonal axes demarcated by the lines, bands, and blocks of color; and the palette, all of which a plate like Untitled 12 (#32) calls forth. Moje describes his compositional choices as an attempt to represent “the destruction of geometry into chaos.”
Not on view
Publication and Exhibition History: 10/5/2012-1/6/2013: "Chromatic Fusion: The Art of Fused Glass, featuring Klaus Moje", New Mexico Museum of Art