Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass

Coinciding with a major Chihuly exhibition and the 50th anniversary of the American studio glass movement, this monograph is the first to highlight Dale Chihuly's use of inhabited and installed spaces, and how they impact his work. Arguably the most famous glass artist since Louis Comfort Tiffany, Chihuly has been credited with elevating blown glass from delicate decorative object to groundbreaking fine art.

Chihuly's "Blanket Cylinders," "Seaforms," "Persians," and chandeliers are exhibited and collected throughout the world, and many volumes have been devoted to his bold, complex, fiercely colorful work. Little is documented, however, about the role played by physical space in his overall aesthetic — installation spaces, work spaces, but also spaces for living and for housing his extensive personal collections.

Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass focuses on the artist’s pieces and installations in relation to the spaces that generate, shape, and surround them. The text, a mix of critical exegesis and Chihuly’s own commentary (much of it solicited specifically for this book), provides a new entrée into the work, mind, and creative process of one of America’s most critically and popularly acclaimed artists.

One of the few contemporary artists who is truly a household name, Dale Chihuly (born 1941) studied interior design and architecture before beginning to experiment with glassblowing. After receiving degrees in sculpture and ceramics, he worked with master glass craftsmen in Murano, Venice. Upon returning to the United States, Chihuly established the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1968 and cofounded the Pilchuck Glass School in 1971. In 1979, after losing an eye, Chihuly ceased to blow glass himself, though he maintains a firm hold on the artistic direction of his studio.

Author — Gerald W.R. Ward.

Hardcover. 160 pages. 10" × 9½" (25 cm × 24 cm).

Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass
Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass
Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass
Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass
Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass

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