Joseph Glasco was born in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma and grew up in Texas. In 1949, after his first one-person exhibition in New York, Glasco became the youngest artist represented at that time in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art.

Glasco’s rythmical, all-over abstract compositions have often been linked with those of American artist Jackson Pollock. During the 1950s, Glasco became friends with Pollock; the two seemed to share an affinity for the element of chance in their work. In the late 1970s, Glasco first created his collaged canvases such as “Untitled #7″ . They were made from irregular scraps of canvas painted and glued unevenly onto an underlying abstract painting. According to Glasco, ” . . . there is a need in me to do sculpture and it somehow comes out when I paint and use material on top of material, . . . which is what sculpture is about.”

Mr. Glasco’s paintings and sculpture were widely shown at New York museums and galleries from the 1950’s to the 1970’s and ranged from stylized figures to completely abstract imagery.

His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

 

 

Works by Joseph Glasco

Standing Figure by Joseph Glasco

Standing Figure, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Mixed Media on Paper Painting:

Figural Abstract, 1952 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Ink and Color on Texture Paper, Titled Verso Painting:

Red and Black Lady, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Landscape Ink on Paper Drawing:

Ischia, c. 1953-54 Joseph Glasco

Landscape Gouache and Ink on Illustration Board Painting:

Set Design for The House of Breath, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Landscape Gouache and Ink on Illustration Board Painting:

Set Design for The Diamond Rattler, c.1954 Joseph Glasco

John Cage Directing by Joseph Glasco

John Cage Directing, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Figure by Joseph Glasco

Figure, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Plaster Sculpture:

Portrait of a Young Lady, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Oil on Paper Painting:

Leda, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Figurative India Ink and Color on Paper Painting:

Standing Man, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Watercolor, Gouache and Colored Ink Impasto on Board:

The Game, 1961 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Ink, Oil, and Chalk on Paper Drawing:

Abstract, 1963 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Encaustic and Sgraffito on Paper Painting:

Two Heads in Orange and Blue, 1966 Joseph Glasco

Standing Figure by Joseph Glasco

Standing Figure, 1967 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Standing Nude, c. 1968 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Acrylic on Paper Painting:

Abstract, ca. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper with Glazing Painting:

Portrait of David, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Colored Ink on Paper with Glazing Painting:

Seated Nude, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Acrylic on Paper Painting:

Reclining Boys, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Colored and Metallic Inks on Paper Painting:

Narcissus, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Head by Joseph Glasco

Head, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Flowers by Joseph Glasco

Flowers, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Seated Figure by Joseph Glasco

Seated Figure, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Abstract Ink on Paper Drawing:

Two Heads, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Indian Ink on Paper Drawing:

Reclining Figure, facing right (Nikos), 1971 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Landscape India Ink on Paper Drawing:

Stanley's House from the Garden, Lanzarote, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Chalk and Crayon on Paper Drawing:

Standing Man, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Charcoal and Gouache on Paper Drawing:

Head, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Figurative India Ink on Paper Drawing:

Seated Woman, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Figurative India Ink on Paper Drawing:

Reclining Male Figure (For Nick), 1971 Joseph Glasco

Figurative India Ink on Paper Drawing:

Male Standing Man (Nikos), 1971 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Two Standing Nudes, 1972 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Pastel on Paper Drawing:

Lilith, c. 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Liz, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Enamel on Strathmore Board Painting:

Narcissus, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Pastel on Cardboard with Glaze:

Lilith, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Pastel on Paper with Glaze Painting:

The Studio, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Acrylic on Board Painting:

Two Figures, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Colored Ink on Paper Painting:

Lanzarote Landscape, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Ink Painting:

Adam and Eve, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Acrylic on Paper Painting:

Figure, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Standing Nude, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Standing Nude, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Seated Figure in Red by Joseph Glasco

Seated Figure in Red, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Head by Joseph Glasco

Head, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Fern by Joseph Glasco

Fern, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Two Heads, 1974 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Standing Nude, 1974 Joseph Glasco

Landscape Pen and Ink Drawing:

Tree, c. 1974 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Venus, 1974 Joseph Glasco

Still Life Ink on Paper Painting:

Potted Plant, 1975 Joseph Glasco

Still Life Ink on Paper Drawing:

Still Life, Plant on Table, 1975 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Seated Nude, 1975 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Reclining Nude, 1976 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Etching Drawing:

Conversation, 1976 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Pen and Ink on Paper Drawing:

Reclining Figure, 1976 Joseph Glasco

Landscape Colored Ink on Paper Painting:

Island Memories, 1976 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Mixed Media on Canvas:

Untitled No. 8, 1978 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Acrylic On Canvas Collage Painting:

Untitled, 1978-79 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Acrylic on Canvas Collage Painting:

Untitled, 1979 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Acrylic and Paper Collage Painting:

Untitled, 1979 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Acrylic on Canvas Collage Painting:

Untitled, 1978-81 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Walking Man, 1949 Joseph Glasco

Figurative India Ink on Beige Paper Drawing:

Standing Figure, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Figurative India Ink on Pink Paper Drawing:

Figure Study, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Ink on Paper Drawing:

Anthropomorphic and Botanic Forms, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Pen and Ink on Paper Drawing:

Untitled (Figure with Palmistry Chart), c. 1955 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Pen and Ink on Paper Drawing:

Reclining Female Figure, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Green Ink on Paper Drawing:

Study of a Head, c. 1953 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Michelangelo's David, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Black, Bistre and Green Ink on Paper:

Woman Shelling Peas, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Figurative India Ink on Paper Drawing:

Standing Figure, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Figure in Ostia, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Ink on Paper Drawing:

Dancing Figure, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Pen and Blue Ink on Paper Drawing:

Two Women, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Figural Bistre and Blue Ink on Paper Drawing:

Figure Standing in a Pool, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Figurative India Ink on Paper Drawing:

My Own Sweet Swan, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Figurative India Ink on Paper Drawing:

Bathsheba, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Oil Pastel on Canvas Painting:

Portrait of Rosemary, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Abstract Figurative Drawing:

Reclining Figure III, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Still Life Graphite on Paper Drawing:

Plant on Stand, 1978 Joseph Glasco

The Sunbath, Study by Joseph Glasco

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The Sunbath, Study, 1949 Joseph Glasco

Boy by Joseph Glasco

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Boy, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Animal by Joseph Glasco

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Animal, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Summer by Joseph Glasco

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Summer, 1951 Joseph Glasco

Head (The Lovers of the Filth And the Wheel was Tied to The Door) by Joseph Glasco

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Head (The Lovers of the Filth And the Wheel was Tied to The Door), 1951 Joseph Glasco

Marvello by Joseph Glasco

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Marvello, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Standing Cat in Blue Landscape by Joseph Glasco

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Standing Cat in Blue Landscape, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Conversation by Joseph Glasco

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Conversation, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Head (Red and Orange Abstract) by Joseph Glasco

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Head (Red and Orange Abstract), 1953 Joseph Glasco

The Death of Procris by Joseph Glasco

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The Death of Procris, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Salome by Joseph Glasco

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Salome, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Interior with Standing Man by Joseph Glasco

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Interior with Standing Man, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Head by Joseph Glasco

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Head, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Man with Mirror by Joseph Glasco

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Man with Mirror, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Man with a Mirror by Joseph Glasco

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Man with a Mirror, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Head by Joseph Glasco

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Head, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Standing Man by Joseph Glasco

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Standing Man, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Head by Joseph Glasco

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Head, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Owl on Rock by Joseph Glasco

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Owl on Rock, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Head by Joseph Glasco

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Head, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Head by Joseph Glasco

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Head, 1958 Joseph Glasco

Madonna by Joseph Glasco

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Madonna, 1960 Joseph Glasco

Scarlet Letter by Joseph Glasco

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Scarlet Letter, 1962 Joseph Glasco

Queen of Sheba by Joseph Glasco

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Queen of Sheba, 1962-63 Joseph Glasco

The City by Joseph Glasco

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The City, 1963 Joseph Glasco

Couple by Joseph Glasco

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Couple, 1968 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads by Joseph Glasco

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Two Heads, c. 1970-74 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads by Joseph Glasco

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Two Heads, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Ariadne on Naxos by Joseph Glasco

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Ariadne on Naxos, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Ariadne by Joseph Glasco

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Ariadne, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Three Heads by Joseph Glasco

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Three Heads, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Seated Nude by Joseph Glasco

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Seated Nude, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads by Joseph Glasco

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Two Heads, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads by Joseph Glasco

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Two Heads Joseph Glasco

Standing Figures A Multiple Portrait of Stanley J. Seeger Jr. by Joseph Glasco

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Standing Figures A Multiple Portrait of Stanley J. Seeger Jr., 1971 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Figure, facing left (Nikos) by Joseph Glasco

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Reclining Figure, facing left (Nikos), 1971 Joseph Glasco

Interior with Figure (Stanley) by Joseph Glasco

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Interior with Figure (Stanley), 1971 Joseph Glasco

Garden in The Canaries by Joseph Glasco

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Garden in The Canaries, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Male Figure by Joseph Glasco

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Reclining Male Figure, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Standing Man by Joseph Glasco

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Standing Man, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Seated Figure with Dog by Joseph Glasco

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Seated Figure with Dog, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Standing Man, Hero by Joseph Glasco

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Standing Man, Hero, 1972 Joseph Glasco

Rock Lady, Janis Joplin by Joseph Glasco

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Rock Lady, Janis Joplin, 1972 Joseph Glasco

Lanzarote Landscape by Joseph Glasco

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Lanzarote Landscape, 1972 Joseph Glasco

Portrait of Duke by Joseph Glasco

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Portrait of Duke, c. 1973 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Nude by Joseph Glasco

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Reclining Nude, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Horse by Joseph Glasco

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Horse, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Backstage at the Fillmore East by Joseph Glasco

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Backstage at the Fillmore East, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figurative Acrylic on Paper Painting:

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Mick Jagger, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figures Kissing by Joseph Glasco

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Figures Kissing, 1974 Joseph Glasco

Sue at Rest by Joseph Glasco

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Sue at Rest, 1975 Joseph Glasco

Figure by Joseph Glasco

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Figure, 1976 Joseph Glasco

Conversation  by Joseph Glasco

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Conversation , 1976 Joseph Glasco

Untitled by Joseph Glasco

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Untitled, 1978 Joseph Glasco

Untitled by Joseph Glasco

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Untitled, 1979 Joseph Glasco

Big Diamond by Joseph Glasco

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Big Diamond, 1980 Joseph Glasco

Landscape with Trees, Cobalt and Black by Joseph Glasco

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Landscape with Trees, Cobalt and Black, 1985 Joseph Glasco

Untitled by Joseph Glasco

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Untitled, 1985 Joseph Glasco

Landscape with Trees by Joseph Glasco

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Landscape with Trees, 1985 Joseph Glasco

Seated Figure by Joseph Glasco

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Seated Figure, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Horse's Head by Joseph Glasco

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Horse's Head, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Horse by Joseph Glasco

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Horse, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Head by Joseph Glasco

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Head, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Tree by Joseph Glasco

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Tree, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Three Bathers by Joseph Glasco

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Three Bathers, 1985 Joseph Glasco