Piper & Clarke - Stained Glass: Art or Anti-Art

15th November 2013 to 7th April 2014

The Verey Gallery, Eton College, United Kingdom


"John Piper and I spoke on several occasions about exhibiting together but the closest we came was the historical show we co-curated with Martin Harrison for The Festival of The City of London, 'GLASS/LIGHT' in 1978. It was a groundbreaking event that introduced for the first time the work of the post-war German artists working in stained glass alongside Cocteau, Frank Lloyd Wright, Van Doesburg, Thorn Prikker, Chagall and historical works drawn from a thousand years of the medium. The exhibition at Eton is our first real joint show and within the obvious limitations of location modestly seeks to fulfil a decades-old ambition. Piper and I shared a keen interest in architecture art history and humour and though our work might reasonably be described as worlds apart, we were united by an unshakable belief that being an artist carries with it profound responsibilities that impact upon every aspect of daily life. Piper's sensitivity and intelligence as an artist made Piper the man irresistible. Poetry in all its expressions was the authority to which he reported. I share the same allegiances. We were allies in stained glass as we were in so many things that characterise the artistic life." – Brian Clarke, 2013.