Dale Chihuly: White

Exhibition Dates: November 5 – December 24, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5th from 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999 www.arthurrogergallery.com

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new glass sculpture, installations and drawings by internationally acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly from his latest series, White. The gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, November 5th from 6-8 pm.

Black and White Fiori, 2011. Glass and steel, 95 x 144 x 19 inches.

The White series showcases seasoned master Dale Chihuly’s relentless pursuit to expand his highly original language of glass. As one of the greatest colorists in the history of the medium, his genius includes the application of colors in different sequences, mixing opaque with transparent, thus manipulating light as it travels through the glass.

Early in his career, Chihuly employed single colors, allowing form to leave the first impression. In recent years, he has made a concerted effort to reconsider some of his seminal series in remarkable new ways. Rather than working in solid white, Chihuly had the idea of picking up thousands of white glass threads and floating them in clear glass over a base coat of white enamel. With his studio assistants, he experimented with combining up to a dozen different types of white: opaque, transparent, translucent and alabaster variations. The result is an incredible massing of a single color, part random pattern, part spontaneous drawing finished with a delicate, silver-like reduction.

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, he enrolled in the first glass program at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design where he later established a glass program and taught for over a decade. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Venini factory in Venice, Italy in 1968 and went on to cofound the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle in 1971, now an international glass center.

Dale Chihuly is credited with having revolutionized the studio glass movement with his groundbreaking accomplishments. His work is included in over two hundred museum collections worldwide. 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 and his first garden exhibition was presented at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. The Chihuly Bridge of Glass in Tacoma, Washington was dedicated in 2002. In 2008, the de Young Museum in San Francisco featured Chihuly at the de Young, which included eleven galleries of 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 at www.arthurrogergallery.com.