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Projects Online:

Empire of

The Abstract Sublime Critical Discourse on Contemporary Art The Sinister Sublime Creating Dialogues for Teaching Museums




(Teaching Artist Programs)


John D'Agostino in front of The
              Heroism of Vision, 2009.
John D’Agostino is an artist based in NY who interrogates the mediums of painting & photography in an interdisciplinary synthesis to challenge and transform their premises, possibilities and poetic potential.

John grew up amongst one of the singular art collections of the 20th century, including paintings, sculptures, rugs & stained glass of surpassing quality acquired by his grandfather, collector Vito D’Agostino (1898-1968), much of it during The Great Depression, when many a masterpiece were simply out of fashion, discarded or thrown into the trash.
John D'Agostino in front of
The Heroism of Vision
, 2009,
from Empire of Glass.

Deer Window by L.C. Tiffany

In the decades since,
the collection has been exhibited or collected by numerous important institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Dallas Museum of Art & The Seattle Art Museum, among many others. At auction, many of the works Vito acquired have eclipsed all previous records at Christie's, Sotheby's and elsewhere. 

Today, John D'Agostino creates new works of art from this historic collection, photographing the Favrile glass his grandfather rescued during the liquidation of Tiffany Studios in 1933, in his one of a kind project Empire of Glass, re-articulating the historical into the contemporary moment.
Detail of The Deer Window by Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1910. Provenance: Vito D'Agostino.

Hunting Grounds by John D'Agostino
D'Agostino's work has been exhibited, collected or recognized by 9 different museums across the country, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Phoenix Art Museum, The Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University and The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, among others.

John's paper, The Strength to Dream: How Remnants of The Past Illustrate A Legacy of The Representation of Vision was published in Artforum’s Art&Education, his Monograph, Empire of Glass, with the Griffin Museum of Photography.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, Silvershotz: The Journal of Fine Art Photography, Lindsay Pollock’s Art Market Views and on the cover of Glass Quarterly.
"Hunting Grounds" from the series Empire of Glass on the cover of Glass Quarterly.

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                Incantation by John D'Agostino

John D’Agostino

tel:  (646)342-6114


"Lunar Incantation" hanging
in the lobby of 500 West 23rd
 St. at the corner of 10th Ave in
Chelsea, New York.