Dale Chihuly: Black Work

Exhibition Dates: August 2 – October 18, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 4 from 6 – 9 pm in conjunction with Art for Art’s Sake
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999. www.arthurrogergallery.com

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to announce the continuation of an exhibition of new glass sculpture, installations and drawings by internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly from his latest series, “Black Work.” The exhibition will be on view August 2nd through October 18th at the Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia Street. The gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, October 4th from 6-9 pm, in conjunction with “Art for Art’s Sake.”

Because of the highly favorable response to Dale Chihuly’s “Black Work” and because of the interruption from Hurricane Gustav, the Arthur Roger Gallery is extending the exhibition through October 18th. “Black Work” is the most wide ranging exhibition of Dale Chihuly”s remarkable creations ever presented by the Arthur Roger Gallery. The work in the exhibition again reveals Dale Chihuly’s singular accomplishment of a feast of bold color, dramatic forms and extraordinary composition in glass.

Highlights of the exhibition include the arresting 8-foot-tall Red Flame Icicle Tower, 2008 and the dramatic Lamp Black and Chrysalis Chandelier, 2008. Also filling the gallery will be two additional chandeliers, a collection of black basket sets and cylinder pieces, a pair of stunning sculptures from the Putti series, a 14-foot Persian wall installation, and an entire wall of Chihuly’s Ikebana drawings.

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design where he later established the glass program and taught for over a decade.

In 1968, Chihuly was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Venini factory in Venice, Italy. In 1971 in Seattle, he cofounded Pilchuck Glass School which has become an international glass center. Dale Chihuly is credited with having revolutionized the studio glass movement with his ground breaking accomplishments.

His work is included in over two hundred museum collections worldwide. Chihuly has created many well known series of works, among them “Baskets,” “Persians” and “Seaforms,” but he is also celebrated for large architectural installations. In 1995 he completed “Chihuly Over Venice,” and in 1999 he mounted his most ambitious installation “Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem”.

In 2001, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London curated “Chihuly at the V&A.” “The Chihuly Bridge of Glass” in Tacoma, Washington was dedicated in 2002. His first garden exhibition was presented in 2001 at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. “Chihuly at the de Young” presently on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, includes eleven galleries of new and archival works.

Books and related materials on Dale Chihuly will be available at the Arthur Roger Gallery.

For more information please contact the Arthur Roger Gallery at 504.522.1999 or visit our website, www.arthurrogergallery.com