Bound like an artist's sketchbook, Chihuly Over Venice documents the culmination of this amazing artistic odyssey that took the artist from his Seattle Boathouse hotshop to Nuutajärvi, Finland; Waterford, Ireland; Monterrey, Mexico; and finally Venice to blow glass. In the factories in those locations, Dale Chihuly and his team of glass blowers worked with native artisans more accustomed to making functional objects than art. Together they created the fourteen chandeliers that graced the campos and canals of Venice in September 1996. In her essay Dana Self, curator of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, muses on the relationship of Chihuly's glass and "The Spectacle of Beauty”. She concludes that "Chihuly's fantastical explorations demonstrate that beauty does produce a meaningful experience of the world." Writer William Warmus chronicles the culmination of this two-year project with his diary entries. Full-color photographs record for readers the installations as they were assembled. An extensive chronology traces the artist's career.
9 x 12"
136 pages, 61 color illustrations