Dale Chihuly is a master glass blower and artist who has created stunning works of blown glass which can be seen in airports, arenas, hospitals, museums, homes, and other environs. From his foray into glass in 1961, he studied at UW-Madison and received an MS in sculpture focusing on glass in 1967, but his studies didn’t end there. In 1968 he received an MFA (in ceramics) from the Rhode Island School of Design. Shortly thereafter he took off to Murano, Italy, bastion of all things glass to learn from more master artisans. Between 1977 and 1988 he made his five most well-known series: Baskets, Seaforms, Macchia, Persians, and Venetians. He didn’t stop there though, he’s gone on to a wildly successful career creating brightly colored amorphous glass works of art. During his career he’s moved glass from being considered “merely” decorative and practical to being sculptural works of art.
This book of essays is devoted to these five series and includes copious full color photos of the works of glass. For the neophyte Chihuly admirer to the devoted fan, this book is worth a perusal or two.
On Color and Form
by Davira S. Taragin
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor
NK5198.C5 T17 2019