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Creative Process with Michael Joo

Luckily, today at Design Miami, the prolific Michael Joo was able to stop by our booth for a visit. As a Glasstress 2011 artist, this was one of the first times he and Venice Projects director, Adriano Berengo got to exchange ideas for Michael’s Glasstress exhibition! MAGICAL! You’ve gotta love when Adriano gets excited and animated… it’s infectious. Plus Susan Scherman leaves with a signed final sketch!

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Design Life : Miami – Day 2

Another incredible day at Design Miami, book ended at the beginning being interviewed by Whitewall Magazine and Surface Magazine, and at the end visits from Betsey Ruprecht, wife of Sotheby’s William Ruprecht and owner of Decorative Antiques, Ltd, and Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes. Who knew that Pharrell – who didn’t want to be photographed – has long desired to work with glass? He also posted a picture of Joost van Bleiswijk’s work on his blog.

Still in the midst of the busy day, we all had a chance to make it over to the Art Basel show floor to see some incredible works and meet up with friends!

Adrian Berengo and Susan Scherman with Orlan!

Joost explains the halo during his interview with ArtScoutTV!

Adriano Berengo with the legendary Michael Starn

Venice Projects with Betsey Ruprecht

Adriano Berengo and Susan Scherman with Glasstress 2011 and Art Basel artist, Shi Youg

Of course Joost has to check his Facebook!

Kiki and Joost with journalist from Surface Magazine

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Design Life : Miami – Day 1

Day one at Design Miami was fantastic! With visits from the likes of Elle, Gestalten, Vogue China, Fabrik magazine and tons of social media buzz, Kiki and Joost were a huge hit! The day started out a bit rough, with Joost searching for tools to make adjustments to one of his pieces, dust had collected from the day before (no, dust and glass do not mix well 😉 ), plus we had no table or chairs! But alas, the day quickly turned around with visits from old friends, press outlets, bloggers, collectors, and fans. It was truly an awesome and humbling experience! See a few select pics below, and check out the slide show at the bottom!

Joost van Bleiswijk interviewed by

Kiki reviews photos of her taken by Vogue China

Kiki van Eijk address a group of visitors from NY's Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Adriano Berengo, Susan Scherman, Kiki & Joost w/ Jimmy Resnick!

Susan Scherman, Adriano Berengo with friends Stewart and Micki Gilbert

Italy, Russia, Holland, and the US!

Team Glasstress

Susan Scherman with the Trustee from Seattle Art Museum


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Venice Projects @ Design Miami

Venice Projects’ directors Adriano Berengo and Susan Scherman have been diligently toiling away on a collaborative efforts with the prolific Kiki & Joost.  The fruits of their labor will be making a big splash at this year’s Art Basel, Miami !   If you’re in Miami or planning on visiting, be sure to stop by and visit us at Booth n. O 04.


Lino Tagliapietra Sells History for $245K

Originally posted in Glass Quarterly.

Taking three months to make, and featuring 125 individual elements, Glastress 2009 artist,  Lino Tagliapietra‘s wall-mounted homage to the history of Murano glass and its Islamic influences was sold on Saturday, November 6th, to a collector from Florida. Rendered in the glass-copper mix known as avventura in Italian (or “adventure” or “chance” in English in reference to its accidental discovery when copper fell into some glass batch), the 2010 work entitled Aventurine, was a notable look backward for this leading figure in glass art known for his relentless innovations to a centuries-old traditional art.

Venice Project's Adriano Berengo with Lino Tagliapietra at Glasstress 2009


Venice Projects meets Kiki & Joost

Great work, takes great planning. Venice Projects directors take time to visit Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk to discuss future plans and exhibits.

Adriano Berengo, Kiki van Eijk, and Susan Scherman

Susan Scherman and Joost van Bleiswijk

Doing what you love always makes you happy.   Glasstress comes from a very happy place.

The faces behind the glass

Photos by friend of Glasstress, Nadia Roukin-Taiga

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On the heels of his resounding success with GLASSTRESS at the 2009 Venice Biennale, Adriano Berengo returns with a splendid sequel… GLASSTRESS 2011… part of the official program of the 54th Venice Biennale of Art, which will be held at the stunning Instituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti in Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti on the Grand Canal, June through November, 2011.

Unlike its cultural predecessor, this exhibition consists of 20 site specific installations, where prominent invited artists have each deliberately selected a room at the Palazzo in which they will exhibit their contemporary work in glass. The roster, to name a few, includes Christian Boltanski, Judy Chicago, Tony Cragg, Jan Fabre, Jim Hodges, Vik Muniz, David Nash, Jaume Plensa, Koen Vanmechelen, Fred Wilson. Contributing their professional vision to this unique exhibition, are two experts, Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Curator of MOCA, Miami, Florida, and Luca Massimo Barbero, Director of MACRO, Rome, Italy.

The plus factor, is the ancillary exhibition at the Berengo Center for Contemporary Art and Glass, in Murano. This segment of the show emphasizes the possibility of experimenting and challenging glass as an innovative and significant material. Represented are emerging and established international architects and designers, whose focus is on glass and its reciprocal influences within the world of architecture and design

GLASSTRESS 2011 is produced by Venice Projects, a partnership between Adriano Berengo and Susan Scherman of San Francisco. Venice Projects was established to support internationally recognized contemporary artists, providing some with an opportunity to express their creativity in a new medium, glass

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