Greatest Hits: Sophisticated Smokeware Making a Manhattan Debut this Spring

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America's Top Glass Artists Showcasing Smokeable Sculptures at Week-Long 4/20 Gallery Event in NYC

On April 20th, 2014, Lower East Side concept space WallPlay will open its doors for a first-of-its-kind gallery experience in New York City, inviting art aficionados and seasoned smokers alike. Running for one full week, “Greatest Hits” will feature smokeable glass sculptures from America's top lampworkers displayed on two gallery floors. This pioneering event is a part of a movement in which has been brewing underground in America over the past few decades, an artistic crusade which follows a massive cultural paradigm shift.

Featured on the main floor of the event are massive works of fine borosilicate art which transcend “the pipe”, they are museum worthy sculptures whose function serves to make a statement on this era of Americana. These glass works are suited for the foyer of a private New York City residence - welcoming guests with a cheeky, almost cryptic presence. The works range from Buck and Darby’s "Lemur" collaboration, a life-size hollow lemur’s skeleton which releases from its display stand to reveal its function, to Ghost’s “Glassmask”, a mixed-media mask which reveals its function as a glass bubbler once the wearer disguises oneself.

Attendees can all freely enjoy what was once culturally taboo, while they spectate a legislative shift throughout the nation.

This is not simply a show of “pretty” pipes, as the curator contends that work from theses artists has appreciated anywhere from 200% to 500% in the past three years alone. In a rapidly evolving political landscape, the implications of purchasing a unique “pre-legalization” piece are extremely exciting. With a tight-knit group of serious collectors, it’s not often these pieces even reach public sale. “Greatest Hits” is an incredible opportunity to obtain an artistic piece in this emerging market, speculating on the future growth of an industry on the brink of legalization.

April 20th will be a night to remember, as the opening reception will bring together artists and collectors to celebrate this cultural movement. As opposed to an evening with your buddies on the couch, join “Greatest Hits” at Wallplay for this avante-garde immersive art experience.

Inquiries: please contact curator Brandon Long: 408.800.PUFF / B(at)GreatestHitsGallery(dot)com

Wallplay, located at 118 Orchard Street, on the Lower East Side of NYC, is a global art exhibition platform built to activate and document art campaigns and collaborations which do not fit into a box. Founded in 2013 by curator Laura O’Reilly, Wallplay, breaks down walls between creative industries by providing physical and virtual space for exhibitions to launch, evolve and travel.

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