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

Figural Abstract

Figural Abstract, 1952 Joseph Glasco

Red and Black Lady

Red and Black Lady, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Ischia

Ischia, c. 1953-54 Joseph Glasco

Set Design for The House of Breath

Set Design for The House of Breath, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Set Design for The Diamond Rattler

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

Interior with Standing Man

Interior with Standing Man, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Animal

Animal, c. 1955 Joseph Glasco

Portrait of a Young Lady

Portrait of a Young Lady, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Leda

Leda, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Standing Man

Standing Man, 1956 Joseph Glasco

The Game

The Game, 1961 Joseph Glasco

Scarlet Letter

Scarlet Letter, 1962 Joseph Glasco

Abstract

Abstract, 1963 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads in Orange and Blue

Two Heads in Orange and Blue, 1966 Joseph Glasco

Standing Nude

Standing Nude, c. 1968 Joseph Glasco

Abstract

Abstract, ca. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Portrait of David

Portrait of David, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Seated Nude

Seated Nude, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Boys

Reclining Boys, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Narcissus

Narcissus, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads

Two Heads, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Figure, facing right (Nikos)

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

Stanley's House from the Garden, Lanzarote

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

Standing Man

Standing Man, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Head

Head, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Seated Woman

Seated Woman, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Male Figure (For Nick)

Reclining Male Figure (For Nick), 1971 Joseph Glasco

Male Standing Man (Nikos)

Male Standing Man (Nikos), 1971 Joseph Glasco

Rock Lady, Janis Joplin

Rock Lady, Janis Joplin, 1972 Joseph Glasco

Two Standing Nudes

Two Standing Nudes, 1972 Joseph Glasco

Lilith

Lilith, c. 1973 Joseph Glasco

Liz

Liz, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Narcissus

Narcissus, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Lilith

Lilith, 1973 Joseph Glasco

The Studio

The Studio, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Two Figures

Two Figures, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Lanzarote Landscape

Lanzarote Landscape, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figure

Figure, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Standing Nude

Standing Nude, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Standing Nude

Standing Nude, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Figures Kissing

Figures Kissing, 1974 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads

Two Heads, 1974 Joseph Glasco

Standing Nude

Standing Nude, 1974 Joseph Glasco

Tree

Tree, c. 1974 Joseph Glasco

Venus

Venus, 1974 Joseph Glasco

Potted Plant

Potted Plant, 1975 Joseph Glasco

Still Life, Plant on Table

Still Life, Plant on Table, 1975 Joseph Glasco

Seated Nude

Seated Nude, 1975 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Nude

Reclining Nude, 1976 Joseph Glasco

Conversation

Conversation, 1976 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Figure

Reclining Figure, 1976 Joseph Glasco

Island Memories

Island Memories, 1976 Joseph Glasco

Untitled

Untitled, 1978 Joseph Glasco

Untitled No. 8

Untitled No. 8, 1978 Joseph Glasco

Untitled

Untitled, 1978-79 Joseph Glasco

Untitled

Untitled, 1979 Joseph Glasco

Untitled

Untitled, 1979 Joseph Glasco

Untitled

Untitled, 1979 Joseph Glasco

Untitled

Untitled, 1978-81 Joseph Glasco

Walking Man

Walking Man, 1949 Joseph Glasco

Standing Figure

Standing Figure, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Figure Study

Figure Study, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Anthropomorphic and Botanic Forms

Anthropomorphic and Botanic Forms, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Untitled (Figure with Palmistry Chart)

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

Reclining Female Figure

Reclining Female Figure, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Study of a Head

Study of a Head, c. 1953 Joseph Glasco

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo's David, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Woman Shelling Peas

Woman Shelling Peas, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Standing Figure

Standing Figure, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Figure in Ostia

Figure in Ostia, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Dancing Figure

Dancing Figure, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Two Women

Two Women, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Figure Standing in a Pool

Figure Standing in a Pool, 1954 Joseph Glasco

My Own Sweet Swan

My Own Sweet Swan, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Bathsheba

Bathsheba, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Portrait of Rosemary

Portrait of Rosemary, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Figure III

Reclining Figure III, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Plant on Stand

Plant on Stand, 1978 Joseph Glasco

The Sunbath, Study

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The Sunbath, Study, 1949 Joseph Glasco

Boy

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Boy, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Animal

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Animal, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Summer

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Summer, 1951 Joseph Glasco

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

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

Marvello

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Marvello, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Standing Cat in Blue Landscape

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Standing Cat in Blue Landscape, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Conversation

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Conversation, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Head (Red and Orange Abstract)

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Head (Red and Orange Abstract), 1953 Joseph Glasco

The Death of Procris

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The Death of Procris, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Salome

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Salome, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Head

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Head, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Man with Mirror

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Man with Mirror, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Man with a Mirror

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Man with a Mirror, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Head

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Head, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Standing Man

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Standing Man, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Head

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Head, 1955 Joseph Glasco

Owl on Rock

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Owl on Rock, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Head

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Head, 1956 Joseph Glasco

Head

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Head, 1958 Joseph Glasco

Madonna

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Madonna, 1960 Joseph Glasco

Queen of Sheba

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Queen of Sheba, 1962-63 Joseph Glasco

The City

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The City, 1963 Joseph Glasco

Couple

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Couple, 1968 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads

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Two Heads, c. 1970-74 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads

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Two Heads, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Ariadne on Naxos

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Ariadne on Naxos, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Ariadne

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Ariadne, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Three Heads

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Three Heads, 1970 Joseph Glasco

Seated Nude

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Seated Nude, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads

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Two Heads, c. 1970 Joseph Glasco

Two Heads

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Two Heads Joseph Glasco

Standing Figures A Multiple Portrait of Stanley J. Seeger Jr.

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

Reclining Figure, facing left (Nikos)

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

Interior with Figure (Stanley)

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Interior with Figure (Stanley), 1971 Joseph Glasco

Garden in The Canaries

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Garden in The Canaries, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Male Figure

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Reclining Male Figure, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Standing Man

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Standing Man, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Seated Figure with Dog

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Seated Figure with Dog, 1971 Joseph Glasco

Standing Man, Hero

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Standing Man, Hero, 1972 Joseph Glasco

Lanzarote Landscape

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Lanzarote Landscape, 1972 Joseph Glasco

Portrait of Duke

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Portrait of Duke, c. 1973 Joseph Glasco

Reclining Nude

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Reclining Nude, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Horse

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Horse, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Backstage at the Fillmore East

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Backstage at the Fillmore East, 1973 Joseph Glasco

Sue at Rest

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Sue at Rest, 1975 Joseph Glasco

Figure

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Figure, 1976 Joseph Glasco

Conversation

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Conversation , 1976 Joseph Glasco

Big Diamond

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Big Diamond, 1980 Joseph Glasco

Landscape with Trees, Cobalt and Black

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Landscape with Trees, Cobalt and Black, 1985 Joseph Glasco

Untitled

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Untitled, 1985 Joseph Glasco

Landscape with Trees

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Landscape with Trees, 1985 Joseph Glasco

Seated Figure

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Seated Figure, 1950 Joseph Glasco

Horse's Head

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Horse's Head, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Horse

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Horse, 1953 Joseph Glasco

Head

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Head, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Tree

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Tree, 1954 Joseph Glasco

Three Bathers

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Three Bathers, 1985 Joseph Glasco