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Glass House Focus Tours: Art + Influence

Glass House Focus Tours: Art + Influence

2-hour guided tour | $45 per person | Select Wednesdays at 2:30pm


Focus tours delve into specifics of the tour topic, including special access and alternate paths. Focus Tours are intended for guests interested in learning more about a key element of the site or for those looking to see the Glass House through a new perspective.

Art + Influence | Philip Johnson and David Whitney played a significant
role in cultivating and commissioning the work of world-renowned creative talent that defined an era: enjoy deeper discussion and close observation
of the art works of the Glass House campus, including one of the world’s foremost collections of pieces by Frank Stella. Artists include Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, David Salle, Lynn Davis, Julian Schnabel, Michael Heizer, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Andrew Lord and John Chamberlin. Explore the personal relationships between the Glass House, these artists, and the founding and development of The Museum of Modern Art.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.

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What architect or artist’s home mirrors the personality of its creator?

Charles RugerIt has been said that an architect’s house is the ultimate self-portrait. One may argue that the same holds true for visual artists. Through the years, painters as disparate as Frederic Edwin Church, Emil Nolde, Salvador Dali, and Julian Schnabel have played a significant role in the design and construction of their own private residences.

What do you think? Add your thoughts to this week’s online Glass House Conversation, hosted by Charles Ruger + going on now!

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Lazy days of summer, Schnabel style

Ozymandias by Julian Schnabel

New Yorkers relaxing under a tree, enjoying the summer sun. In this case, the tree is Julian Schnabel’s cast bronze sculpture, Ozymandias, 1986-1989, which was exhibited on the plaza of the Seagram Building in the summer of 1990.  

Jim Dine of the NYT covered the exhibition in Review/Art; The State of the City as Sculptors See It (July 1990). He wrote: “Julian Schnabel has a large outdoor sculpture in front of the Seagram Building, and it’s not bad. It is called ‘Ozymandias,’ after the Shelley poem about the vanity of power. It consists essentially of a large log that the artist found on a Bridgehampton beach, took home with him, carved, cast in bronze and painted white. There is a face in the wood looking upward. The sculpture has the feeling of a totem that has collapsed, or of a solitary figure or a natural force that is now lying in state amid the surrounding walls of skyscrapers.”

Dine alludes to Percy Bysshe Shelley’s (1792 – 1822) sonnet published in 1818 (see full text below). It is probably Shelley’s most famous short poem.

Julian Schnabel and guest next to his sculpture, Ozymandias photo: Claire Hunter


 TodayOzymandias permanently resides at the Philip Johnson Glass House outside the Sculpture Gallery and is viewed by visitors from around the world. Last January, Julian Schnabel visited the Glass House and viewed his works on display, including Ozymandias.

For more photos from the Schnabel Glass House visit, click here.










 I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Text of the poem from Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1819). Rosalind and Helen, a modern eclogue, with other poems.. London: C. and J. Ollier.

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