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Rotolo 92 2018, 45 x 21 x 17"



Caption, Year, 00 x 00 x 00"

Ikebana Light Drawing 2019, 50 x 40"

Dale Chihuly is a legendary artist, a trailblazer, a risk taker, and a philanthropist. His name is synonymous with contemporary glass art, as Chihuly’s innovative practice has helped create and shape how we experience art today. Through his large-scale sculptures and endless imagination, Chihuly opened the door to artists, galleries, and collectors everywhere and changed how we view glass as a medium. After five decades, he is still innovating and creating spectacular contemporary masterpieces with fresh energy and vigor. In many ways, it is fitting that Chihuly and I are coming together once again in these unprecedented times. Dale and I have had a long-lasting friendship for over thirty years, and he has always been there for me, marking my every career milestone. So, when a worldwide pandemic erupted, there was no other artist I would consider walking down this road with than Dale. Dale Chihuly has a magical way of inspiring hope and breathing life into this world. When he creates, Chihuly is less concerned about the narrative behind the design as he is interested in the way the light passes through the object. What a wonderful and beautiful metaphor for this year: focus on the shining light and not the news headlines of the day. As Chihuly continually explores and reinterprets the history and culture of glass, he brings people together so they may experience a sense of wonder. Chihuly helps us see new worlds. He gives us a new understanding on how we see light and color to help us discover opportunity through creation. And he gives us a new perspective on ourselves: on what we are capable of and the limitless possibilities within us. I am honored and humbled we are able to present CHIHULY. My hope is that, as you experience and witness the work, you see promise and joy within yourself as you connect with the remarkable colors and light for which Chihuly is known.


Ikebana Light Drawing 2019, 42 x 32"

Ikebana Light Drawing 2019, 42 x 32"

Wild Maize Persian Set 2001, 11 x 17 x 14"

Spotted Rose Piccolo Venetian with Violet Coils and Leaves 2013, 10 x 8 x 8"

Forest Green Piccolo Venetian with Brown Leaf and Coils 1999, 19 x 4 x 4"

Clear Venetian with Sandalwood Flowers 2009, 28 x 15 x 15"

Aqua Green Macchia with Russet Lip Wrap 1981, 7 x 11 x 7"

Teal Green Seaform Set with Persimmon Lip Wraps 2001, 7 x 15 x 9"

Rotolo 82 2019, 39 x 15 x 16"

Rotolo 92 2017, 39 x 18 x 22"

Oyster White Basket Set with Reddish Brown Lip Wraps 2000, 18 x 18 x 12"

Pale Brown Basket Set with Oxblood Lip Wraps 1995, 10 x 14 x 13"

Victoria Blue Basket Set with Raven Lip Wraps 2001, 26 x 18 x 18"

Fire Ruby Basket Set with Slate Lip Wraps 2017, 14 x 36 x 30"

Golden Celadon Basket with Drawing Shard 2017, 18 x 17 x 15" (detail opposite)

Sea Green and Yellow Persian Installation (detail) 2020

Sea Green and Yellow Persian Installation (detail) 2020

Aquamarine Icicle Chandelier (detail opposite) 2020, 8½ x 5 x 4½'

Golden Violet Persian Wall 2020, 4 x 10 x 1'

Clear Platinum Hornet Chandelier 2016, 53 x 36 x 36"

Mottled Peacock Blue Ikebana with Stem and Leaf 2018, 52 x 42 x 16"

Bamboo and Sweet Potatoes atop Dappled Ebony Vessel 2002, 38 x 16 x 16"

Seaweed Forest atop Gilded Black Base 2002, 35 x 16 x 16"

Clear and Gilded Phoenix 2013, 19 x 22 x 22"

Clear and Gilded Love Birds 2013, 17 x 14 x 11"

Silver and Forest Green Pilchuck Stump 1992, 20 x 9 x 9"

Gilded Russet and Navy Pilchuck Stump 1992, 25 x 11 x 9"

Bamboo and Artichoke Drawing 2002, 30 x 22"

Venetian Drawing 1991, 30 x 22"

Venetian Drawing 1991, 30 x 22"

Bamboo Drawing 2002, 30 x 22"

Pilchuck Stump Drawing 1992, 60 x 40"

Ikebana Drawing with Two Carnelian Stems 2009, 42 x 30"

Pino Blow Venetian Drawing 2009, 30 x 22"

Float Drawing 2007, 60 x 40"

Top row, left to right: Basket Drawing, 2013, 30 x 22" Black Baskets Drawing, 2008, 30 x 22" Float Drawing, 2013, 30 x 22"

Bottom row, left to right: Ikebana Drawing, 2008, 30 x 22" Float Drawing, 2013, 30 x 22" Basket Drawing, 2013, 30 x 22"

Top row, left to right: Reeds Drawing, 2011, 30 x 22" Ikebana Drawing, 2009, 30 x 22" Basket Drawing, 2008, 30 x 22"

Bottom row, left to right: Basket Drawing, 2013, 30 x 22" Basket Drawing, 2008, 30 x 22" Burned Black Ikebana Drawing, 2008, 30 x 22"

Ikebana Quad Drawing, 2015, 84 x 60"

Ikebana Doppio Drawing, 1998, 82 x 30" Ikebana Doppio Drawing, 1998, 84 x 30"



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 (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade. In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art. His work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and thirteen honorary doctorates. Chihuly has created more than a dozen well-known series of works, among them Cylinders and Baskets in the 1970s; Seaforms, Macchia, Persians, and Venetians in the 1980s; Niijima Floats and Chandeliers in the 1990s; and Fiori in the 2000s. He is also celebrated for large architectural installations. In 1986, he was honored with a solo exhibition, Dale Chihuly objets de verre, at

the MusĂŠe des Arts DĂŠcoratifs, Palais du Louvre, in Paris. In 1995, he began Chihuly Over Venice, for which he created sculptures at glass factories in Finland, Ireland, and Mexico, then installed them over the canals and piazzas of Venice. In 1999, Chihuly started an ambitious exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem; more than 1 million visitors attended the Tower of David Museum to view his installations. In 2001, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London curated the exhibition Chihuly at the V&A. His lifelong fascination for glasshouses has grown into a series of exhibitions within botanical settings. The Garden Cycle began in 2001 at the Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, and continued at several locations, among them the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near London, in 2005 and 2019, and the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, in 2006 and again in 2017. Meanwhile, Chihuly has exhibited at other venues as well, including the de Young Museum, San Francisco, in 2008; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2011; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, in 2012; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in 2013; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, in 2016; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, in 2017; and Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands, in 2018. Chihuly Garden and Glass, a major long-term exhibition, opened in Seattle in 2012.

© 2020 Chihuly Workshop Published in 2020 by Chihuly Workshop, Seattle chihuly.com All artwork by Dale Chihuly © Chihuly Studio. All rights reserved. No part of the contents of this catalog may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Design:  Goretti Kaomora Executive Consultant:  Leslie Jackson Chihuly Photographers:  Eduardo Calderon, Jan Cook, David Emery, Claire Garoutte, Scott Mitchell Leen, Teresa Nouri Rishel, Terry Rishel, William T. Schuck, Charlie Wilkins, Nathaniel Willson Cover:  Dale Chihuly, Rotolo 92 (detail), 2018, 45 x 21 x 17" Typeset in Flama, Feliciano Type Foundry Printed in Canada by BP Media, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-57684-113-6

CHIHULY CHIHULY 2020   OCTOBER 17, 2020–JANUARY 24, 2021

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