Exhibition Dates: April 26 – July 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 3 from 6–8 pm
Gallery Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999; www.arthurrogergallery.com
The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new artworks by artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger Gallery, located at 432 Julia Street, from April 26 – July 12, 2014. The gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, May 3 from 6-8 pm.
This exhibition, Chihuly’s ninth with the gallery, includes new architectural installations and setworks representing the breadth and scope of the artist’s vision over the last four decades. Artworks on view will include Chandeliers, Fiori series, Soft Cylinders, Venetians and Drawings.
Chihuly first showed a Chandelier in 1992 during the opening exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. The show marked the moment when he started to work with this form in architectural settings. He appreciated the ability of a chandelier to transform a space and wanted to explore what he considered a lost art. Chihuly’s Chandeliers range from three to 30 feet in length and are made up of as many as 1,000 pieces.
Massing color together with many pieces in a single installation, Chihuly’s stunning Neodymium Reeds on Burned Log is composed of 24 elegant purple Reeds atop a naturally-burned Western Red Cedar.
Chihuly’s Fiori series continues his move in the direction of organic, free flowing forms. In this series, which first appeared as Mille Fiori (Italian for “a thousand flowers”) at the Tacoma Art Museum in 2003, Chihuly has revisited and refined many of the forms and techniques that he used earlier in his career. He has created spectacular installations that are true gardens of glass. They are the latest manifestations of the artist’s life-long fascination with flowers and gardens, which developed from his mother’s passion for gardening.
Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), Garden Cycle (2001–present), de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013.) Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012.