Copper in the Arts

August 2016

Rare Enamel-on-Copper Works on View at Crocker Art Museum

This New Exhibition Gives Viewers the Chance to See more than 120 Works by 90 World Renown Enameling Artists, Including a Rare Juan Esteban Perez Work on Copper.

Enamel on copper paintingJuan Esteban Perez (born 1939), Burning Sunset, 1970. Enamel on copper, silver wire, 9 x 9 in. Collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation.

Photograph by Jairo Ramirez.

The Crocker Art Museum’s Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present is the first nationally traveling exhibition to survey the art of enameling in more than 50 years. On view through Sept. 11, this unique show gives viewers the chance to see more than 120 works by 90 world renown artists including a rare Juan Esteban Perez enamel work on copper.

Objects range from jewelry and vessels to large enamel-on-copper wall panels. A highlight of the exhibit includes work by the late Sacramentan Fred Uhl Ball, considered a pioneer in the field.

This show is part of the museum’s Summer of Glass, featuring three exhibitions highlighting glass from the ancient to the present. Other shows include Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection, running through Oct. 2. Surveying the work of more than 70 dynamic global artists pushing the medium’s boundaries to make art in its fullest definition, this show offers a rare glimpse of work from the field’s premier visionaries Richard Marquis, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly, Klaus Moje and others, who made glass a vehicle for ideas, forever transforming this 20th-century studio movement.  World-renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s Golden Teal Chandelier has been installed in the entryway of the Crocker Art Museum’s Teel Family Pavilion.

The third exhibition, The Luster of Ages: Ancient Glass from the Marcy Friedman Collection, runs through Oct. 16, exploring the beauty of ageless glass from the 6th century BCE to the period of Roman rule in the eastern Mediterranean. The collection’s 50 pieces, which include brightly colored miniature amphorae and lustrous perfume bottles, reflect the forms and influences of Greek, Roman and Phoenician cultures in the Holy Land.


Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento, CA, (916) 808-7000 

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