Dale Chihuly: GLASS

Saturday February 5- March 25, 2000
Opening reception Saturday February 5, 2000

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of the world’s foremost glass artist Dale Chihuly. The leader in the art renaissance in glass making, Chihuly has carried out a lifelong exploration of the fluid capabilities of glass. Dale Chihuly has transformed the perception of glass medium from one used primarily for decorative vessels to sculptured medium of almost unlimited possibilities. His undulating vases and sculptures, with ruffled edges, biomorphic forms and varied colorings are reminiscent of tropical shells and flowers. He excels in producing works that tests the technical limits of his medium and shows off the interaction of glass and light. There is a singular luminous beauty and exuberance in Chihuly’s glass sculptures.

The Chihuly show will be throughout the gallery’s three exhibition spaces. Chihuly created an ecstatically beautiful glass chandelier, Jerusalem Cylinders, a 14’ blue tower specifically for this exhibit.

Chihuly founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Washington, a city that has become second only to Venice in its concentration of glass artisans. In 1992, Dale had a critically praised major installation in the American Craft Museum in New York. The same year he also had an installation at the Seattle Art Museum. In 1996 Chihuly had a memorable installation at The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. He also recently exhibited major installations at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y. and at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm, Florida.

Dale Chihuly received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1968. He studied glass blowing in Venice as a Fulbright Fellow. His work appears in an incredibly varied number of American and international museum collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The New Orleans Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Kyoto Museum, Auckland Museum, The Denmark Glasmuseum, the Haaretz Museum in Tel Aviv, and the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts.