Poetry in Motion

Toots Zynsky's filet de verre vessels are spectacularly masterful explorations of color. In this 2011 video, she explains the inspiration behind her craft and we are given a glimpse into the process of creating a vessel from start to finish.

Toots Zynsky

2015 Visionary Award Recipient

Toots Zynsky was born and raised in Massachusetts and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Her quest for understanding and testing the limits of glass-making has continued for more than 40 years and has fanned several continents. Her signature heat-formed filet de verre (glass thread) vessels are widely cherished and considered to be unique in the world of glass art. Her pieces inhabit a region all their own, interweaving the traditions of painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts. She spent 16 years abroad living in Europe and West Africa. Her extraordinary glass art is collected by major museums, including the deYoung Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Musee des Arts Decoratifs du Louvre, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, among many in an extensive list throughout the world. Her work was recently featured in an exhibition at the Palazzo Loredan of the Instituto Veneto di Sciencze, Lettere ed Arti, in Venice, Italy.


Rago/Wright is privileged to participate in this exceptional event, celebrating these extraordinary artists and supporting one of our nation’s most important cultural institutions.

The Smithsonian Women's Committee Visionary Benefit Auction

Works Sold to Benefit The Smithsonian Institution

Wright is pleased to include The Smithsonian Women’s Committee Visionary Benefit Auction within our Art & Design sale on April 21st. This special section features works created by past and present Smithsonian Visionary Artists and by the winners of the new Smithsonian Women’s Committee Delphi Award. 

The Smithsonian Visionary Award, established in 2014, is presented annually to artists who are deemed by curators in the field to have risen to the pinnacle in the world of sculptural arts and design, who have works in major museums, and who have demonstrated distinction, creativity, artistry, and, of course, vision in his or her respective medium.  

This extraordinary event features works by current and past recipients of the Visionary Award including Mary Lee Hu, Chunghi Choo, David Ellsworth, Michael Hurwitz, Patti Warashina, Toots Zynsky, Wendell Castle, and Albert Paley.

The Delphi Award was created in 2020 and is presented annually to one or more mid-career artists who demonstrate distinction, creativity, and exceptional artistry in their work, and who are predicted by experts in the field to reach the pinnacle of sculptural arts and design. Roberto Lugo was one of the initial recipients of the Delphi Award in 2021.  

All lots in the Visionary Benefit Auction are of the primary market, unless otherwise indicated. The auction raises funds to support projects and initiatives across the Smithsonian institution. All works will be shipped directly from the artist or the gallery.

The constant interaction of color and light transmitted through and around the many undulating interior and exterior surfaces gives each piece its ever changing life.

Toots Zynsky