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The support system for McElheny’s Chromatic Modernism (Blue, Yellow, Red) is modeled after a modular rod display system first implemented by Francesco Ruscone during the 1951 Milan Triennial design exhibition. McElheny sees this display system as the pinnacle of modern design and made a replica, which he outfitted with glass panels and arranged within it a selection of glass objects in blue, yellow and red. An expert glassblower, McElheny hand-fabricated the vessels on display, whose designs are based on mid-century Czech, Italian, and Scandinavian glassware. In his novel assemblages of metal and exquisitely crafted glass, McElheny strikes a contrast between mass production and the handmade.
(Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2010.