March 1, 2014
2014 Dale Chihuly
Note from Kenn Holsten
I am very pleased to announce the availability of Dale Chihuly’s 2014 Studio Editions. Those of you who read this newsletter already know that I am a big Chihuly fan. I have always loved these smaller interpretations of Dale’s normally larger scale works. This year is no exception! In fact, I would say that this year’s offerings are some of the most fully realized and beautiful works to date. Here are the four Studio Editions for this year:
8” x 9” x 9”
Chihuly’s "Persian" series represents the culmination of his fascination with spontaneous forms coupled with bold colors. The "Marigold Persian" is a quintessential example of the forms found in this series. It rests on a ball foot and has gently fluted edges and fine lines that spiral around the body. The bright yellow of the face combine with the red body wrap and the blue lip wrap to create a dramatically vibrant statement.
Sahara Basket Set
4” x 11” 9.5”
Chihuly’s "Basket" series was inspired by a collection of Northwest Coast Indian baskets that had begun to collapse from aging. The "Sahara Basket Set" studio edition contains the expression of the material essence of glass. The larger, transparent magenta element is gently collapsed with trails of fine, golden-colored glass thread over its surface. A smaller, tonally opaque element rests inside the rim of the larger Basket’s mouth, visually exposed by the transparency of the larger piece.
Maya Blue Persian Pair
8.5” x 11” x 10”
The "Maya Blue Persian Pair" exemplifies the skill and technical aspects that characterize the "Persian" series. The two-piece composition, interpreted in deep sumptuous blues and vivid orange, immediately captures the eye. The molded ribs create an eloquent scalloping effect emphasizing the fluent movement of the sculpture. The flame orange lip wrap and the small, striped inner element add further color and grace to this glass sculpture.
9” x 10.5” x 10.5”
Chihuly has said that he wants "people to be overwhelmed with light and color in some way that they’ve never experienced." I think that this year’s 2014 Studio Edition "Zinnia Macchia" comes as close to fulfilling this wish as any glass sculpture ever could! This luminous and vibrantly colored piece seems to glow with an internal radiance. Small spots of glimmering green, red, yellow and orange move across the vivid chartreuse surface. A lemon yellow lip wrap outlines the edge of the piece, which bows dramatically to allow full view of the dazzling raspberry interior.
I hope that you enjoy these images and invite you to share any comments and questions you might have about the 2014 Chihuly Studio Editions!
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