Glass With a Touch of Class

Thursday, May 19, 2005

· Tim Tate, the glass artist and curator of "Compelled by Content: Contemporary Glass," wanted to make a glass show that was more like a sculpture show than a craft fair. It was a tough order: Glass en masse has something of a reputation. Some successes: Marc Petrovic's charming birds nestled inside wooden boxes, despite their overwhelming debt to artist Joseph Cornell, and Tate's own enigmatic orbs. But pieces like Diane Cooper Cabe's "Tell Me Your Story . . . ," with its cast glass clutches and coin purses, come off more gee-whiz than fine art.

"Compelled by Content: Contemporary Glass" at Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 301-718-9651, to June 5.

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