William Warmus

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William Warmus is a curator, art critic, and author focusing on modern glass.[1][2]


Warmus holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Chicago in 1975 and was enrolled in the Masters in General Studies in the Humanities program in 1976.[3]


He was curator of Modern Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass from 1978 to 1984 and editor of Glass Quarterly magazine from 1986 to 1989. He is the author of several books about sculpture, primarily focusing on artists working in glass.[3] The Warmus archive is at the Rakow Library of the Corning Museum of Glass. As noted in "The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2016" (Corning: The Museum) p.54:

"Warmus continues to be an important voice analyzing and evaluating contemporary glass. His journals chronicle the development of his theories, which predicted the end of the Studio Glass movement (1995) and posited "Glass Secessionism" with the artist Tim Tate (American, b. 1960). Warmus's philosophy of "Reticulate Aesthetics" considers the structure of art as a net or web, rather than a hierarchy."

His theory of reticulate aesthetics is outlined in "From a Tree to a Web," American Craft, v.75, no.2, April/May 2015, pp.104-107. His observations about the end of the studio glass movement are in "The End?," Glass Quarterly, no. 60, Fall 1995, pp.42-45.

Published works[edit]

  • New Glass: A Worldwide Survey. Corning Museum of Glass. 1979. ISBN 9780486241562.[citation needed]
  • Buechner, Thomas C.; Warmus, William (1981). Czechoslovakian Diary: 1980. Corning NY: Corning Museum of Glass. ISBN 978-0872901025.
  • New Glass Review 1-5. Corning NY: Corning Museum of Glass. 1980–1984.[citation needed]
  • Warmus, William (1984). Emile Gallé: Dreams into Glass. Corning NY: Corning Museum of Glass. ISBN 9780872901094.
  • Warmus, William; Geldzahler, Henry (1988). Dan Dailey: Simple Complexities in Drawings and Glass 1872-1987 (Philadelphia College of the Arts). University of Washington Press. ISBN 9780295966632.
  • Warmus, William (1989). The Venetians: Modern Glass 1919-1990. Muriel Karasik Gallery. ISBN 9780962458507.
  • Self, Dana; Warmus, William (1996). Chihuly Over Venice. Seattle: Chihuly Workshop. ISBN 9781576840054.
  • Warmus, William (commentary) (2000). Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000. Portland Press. ISBN 9781576840160.
  • Warmus, William (2000). The Essential Dale Chihuly. New York: Harry Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-5812-0.
  • Vizner, Frantisek; Warmus, William (2001). Vizner: Glass 1951-2001. New York: Barry Friedman. ISBN 9788023875539.
  • Warmus, William (2001). The Essential Louis C. Tiffany. New York: Harry Abrams. ISBN 9780810958289.
  • Warmus, William (2003). The Essential René Lalique. New York: Harry Abrams. ISBN 9780810958364.
  • Warmus, William (2003). Fire and Form. Norton Museum of Art. ISBN 9780943411392.
  • Mentasti, Rose Barovier; Warmus, William (2003). Yoichi Ohira: A Phenomenon in Glass. New York: Rizzoli. ISBN 9780972310802.
  • Warmus, William; Kuspit, Donald (2005). Tom Patti: Illuminating the Invisible. Seattle: Museum of Glass. ISBN 9780295984735.
  • Warmus, William (2006). William Morris. Native Species. The George R. Stroemple Collection. Belzar Springs Press. ISBN 9780978869502.
  • Warmus, William (2007). Dan Dailey. New York: Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 9780810993198.
  • Close, Timothy; Minkoff, Robert; Page, Andrew; Warmus, William (2011). Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard. Robert M. Minkoff Foundation. ISBN 9780615473628.
  • Warmus, William; Burkhalter, Laura (2013). Transparencies: Contemporary Art & A History of Glass. Des Moines Art Center. ISBN 9781879003668.
  • Barovier, Rosa; Warmus, William; Patino, Maricruz (2013). Narcissus Quagliata: Architypes and Visions in Light and Glass. Arnoldsche. ISBN 9783897903784.
  • Ricke, Helmut; Warmus, William (2016). Art Deco Glass: The David Huchthausen Collection. Tacoma: Museum of Glass. ISBN 9780692781937.


  1. ^ Slesin, Suzanne (October 29, 1989). "STYLE MAKERS; William Warmus: Curator of Glass". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  2. ^ "Biography: William Warmus". Corning Museum of Glass. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  3. ^ a b Putre, Laura (April 2006). "Glass action". University of Chicago Magazine. 98 (4). Retrieved 2015-11-16.