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Dale Chihuly: A Celebration

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Dale Chihuly, the hugely popular artist who works in glass, celebrates his 70th birthday in 2011. Tacoma Art Museum, in his hometown, owns more than 150 examples of his work and is mounting an exhibition in his honor. Both this book and the exhibition showcase Chihuly's enduring interest in the arts and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, which are a major influence on his work. 

For the first time, Dale Chihuly: A Celebration focuses on the importance of these ...

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Overview

Dale Chihuly, the hugely popular artist who works in glass, celebrates his 70th birthday in 2011. Tacoma Art Museum, in his hometown, owns more than 150 examples of his work and is mounting an exhibition in his honor. Both this book and the exhibition showcase Chihuly's enduring interest in the arts and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, which are a major influence on his work. 

For the first time, Dale Chihuly: A Celebration focuses on the importance of these influences. From Native American baskets to wool trade blankets, the gritty Tacoma of the 1960s, and Puget Sound, this exhibition and book follow Chihuly's development and accomplishments and how he grew and evolved while maintaining close ties to Tacoma. The essay by curator Rock Hushka traces Chihuly's creative process and the ways in which his abiding interest in the American Northwest enriches his work.

Praise for Dale Chihuly: A Celebration:

"This intimate, thoughtful celebration highlights the influences of nature and nurture on a unique talent."
 -Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
The appeal of this book lies in the color photographs displaying the originality of color and form in the work of glass artist Chihuly. This companion book to an exhibition celebrating his 70th birthday focuses on how his family, his hometown of Tacoma, Wash., and the Pacific Northwest have informed his career. Chihuly's mother fostered his fascination with color and form through the complex colors and forms in her flower gardens and her love of sunsets. His thinking about gardens certainly inspired Chihuly's Ikebana and Mille Fiori series. Tacoma's frontier mentality, observes Tacoma Art Museum curator Hushka, drives Chihuly's experimentation with scale, texture, color, forms, and thinness (which is technically difficult) free of the conventions of both the East Coast and European conventions. The abundance of water and rain in the Puget Sound area is a major influence on Chihuly, who also explored the frozen state of water in his Icicle Creek Chandelier and other installations. A lifelong interest in Native American culture and imagery profoundly influenced his Baskets, Cylinders, and Soft Cylinders series, which keenly pay tribute to the Indian crafts of basket and blanket weaving. This intimate, thoughtful celebration highlights the influences of nature and nurture on a unique talent, but the book's regional feel and small scale of its photographs likely preclude a wider audience. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419700002
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 210,390
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rock Hushka is the curator of contemporary and northwest art at Tacoma Art Museum. Dale Chihuly is an icon in American art. His universal appeal cuts across all boundaries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Dallas Arberetum

    I saw his works at the Dallas Arberetum, and I loved the Yellow Icicle Sculpture. Our class took a picture in front of it,.and it looked awesome. One of my personal favorites was the blue storks from the misty creek and the scuptures by the waterfalls. :)

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