Dale Chihuly - Recent Works and New Forms

Dale Chihuly: Recent Works and New Forms

May 12 – August 18, 2012

A visual feast of exuberant color and daring form, Chihuly’s installation of Cobalt Marlins and Trumpet Flower Fiori welcomes visitors into the exhibition with a brilliant, indoor garden created with blown glass flowers and daring verticals that reach almost nine feet above their base.  Ivory Feather and Amber Chandelier also dazzles, as the sculpture comes alive with the wild tentacle-like forms that curl into the air and wrap the viewer’s eyes up within its intriguing mass. 

Comprised of hundreds of lyrical glass pieces, the show’s two chandeliers command the exhibition, as their forms engage the space around them and amaze visitors with their defiance of gravity. These incredible forms are designed and created first in Chihuly’s studio in Seattle before they are disassembled for shipment and then installed in the gallery for the exhibition.

While rich color continues as a vital component in Chihuly’s work, a recent series reveals the artist’s exploration of line and shape with his White series. Upon closer viewing of these Soft cylinders and Ikebana forms, one sees that color is created by layering delicate threads of white within clear glass.  White Soft Cylinder and White Venetian show a complex interplay of line throughout their elegant forms. 

Enthusiasts of Chihuly’s artwork will also have the unique opportunity to visit the outdoor exhibition of his glass sculptures installed throughout the sixty-six acres of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum will be on display May 5 – November 5, 2012.

Born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1941, Dale Chihuly earned a Master’s degree in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).   Following his studies, the artist won a Fulbright Fellowship to travel and work in Europe where he studied glass blowing in Murano, Italy.  In 1971, Chihuly founded the Pilchuck Glass School with support from Seattle patrons Anne and John Hauberg, and since that time, the school has become an internationally recognized glass center.

During the artist’s exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000, more than one million visitors saw his installations within the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem.  A mark of his long and celebrated career, the artist’s glass sculptures are featured in more than two hundred museum collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran

Museum of Art, Washington, D.C., the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris.