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Offline Bill Vitez

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Anybody Know More About Bob Biniarz?
« on: August 23, 2016, 02:52:39 AM »
Hi All, I've collected the American Glass Artist Bob Biniarz for some time now. I have 18 of his works and have wanted to know more about the artist but cannot find anything except for a couple obscure references in a couple dated art glass reference books (coffee table books) to his early appearance on the art glass scene in the early 70's after having moved away from pottery as his medium. All the works I own are from the early to mid 70's.
Can anyone offer any more information?
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Re: Anybody Know More About Bob Biniarz?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2016, 11:30:49 AM »
He is listed on this site as a visiting artist in the 1970s...  http://archiebray.org/residence_program/visiting_artists.html

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Re: Anybody Know More About Bob Biniarz?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 10:16:45 PM »
Bill-
Did you ever find more information on Biniarz? I have a piece that has his name on a piece of tape on the bottom and I know nothing about him, but it seems this piece might be one he did early on. I would love any info that you might be able to share with me. I am attaching a photo of my piece.
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Re: Anybody Know More About Bob Biniarz?
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2018, 03:25:54 PM »
I've got a copy of "American Studio Glass 1969-1990" by Martha Drexler Lynne, (2004) but there is no mention of this name in the index.
However, the index is completely lousy, I haven't finished rewriting it yet, I got fed up.
I found the book to be more of an academic treatise than one of genuine information.

Do you know where he worked or who with?
Can you give me anything I could look up?  Something near or related might help me a bit. :)
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Anybody Know More About Bob Biniarz?
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2018, 02:52:32 AM »
Hi All,

I suffered a hard drive crash a while back and my backup did not save my GMB sign in data.

I appreciate all the information. Unfortunately, it is the same limited information that I found. I fear that Bob Biniarz may have passed in the 80's. I now own 30 of his pieces and nothing is dated beyond the early 80's.

Recently, I reached out to John C. Lewis who was a contemporary of Biniarz and is often mentioned in conjunction with him when referencing the modern art glass studio movement of the late 60's and 70's. I figure that Lewis would have known at least something of his contemporaries and possibly knows something about Biniarz. I've yet to have a response but I only reached out a day or so ago.

With a name as unique as Biniarz you'd think that an Internet search would turn up more information, if there is information to be had.

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Re: Anybody Know More About Bob Biniarz?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2018, 02:58:28 AM »
To Lynda, yes this could be a very early Biniarz piece. Apparently his first medium was ceramics and he transitioned surfacing techniques he used in ceramics to his glass work. some of his very early work is transparent glass in molted dark tones with iridescent surfaces which, by comparison, are much more plain than later work. The only thing I can say is that I own ~30 Biniarz pieces and each is signed in a stylistic all uppercase "BINIARZ" followed by a two digit date i.e. "BINIARZ '71". I have never seen a piece attributed to him without a signature.

 

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