Traversing Parallels explores the work and life of American glass artist Michael Taylor, who has enjoyed a prominent career in the art glass world since 1967. The book focuses on work made from 2005 through 2017, exploring the conceptual progression of Taylor's work during this time and scrutinizing his notion of sociopolitical awareness and the responsibility of all artists to use their gifts to speak on social perspective. His cut and laminated glass constructions celebrate the progress of human ingenuity while also considering the wider implications of our impact on the world. Taylor himself provides autobiographical texts throughout the book, recounting his many years as a teacher of glass as well as his own education and evolution as an artist. With an exciting design and a wealth of images, this monograph makes a welcome addition to the history of contemporary American art glass.
Michael J. Amy is professor of art history in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. Andrew Page is the editor-in-chief of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly and director of the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation. Susan Warner is the artistic director of the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA.