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CHIHULY: Whitestone KARUIZAWA 2021

Glass Art in Harmony with Nature

September 4, 2021

INTRODUCTION

Dale Chihuly is an American artist noted for revolutionizing the studio glass movement and elevating perceptions of the medium. For more than a half century, Chihuly has employed a variety of media that also includes glass, paint, charcoal, graphite, neon, ice, and Polyvitro to explore possibilities to experiment with a given space while utilizing color and light to realize his vision; ceilings with colorful glass reflections, turning old wooden boats into vessels for vibrant glass sculptures, and displaying his sculptures as a juxtaposition in botanical gardens. Combining colour, light, form and space, Chihuly's work creates a magical glass spectacle where nature and inorganic glass complement each other to create a unique harmony.

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IKEBANA

An evolution of the Venetian series, Ikebana pieces are inspired by the Japanese art of flower arrangement. They feature long-stemmed flowers and leaves of glass, presented dramatically in vase-like vessels.

Chihuly has long recognized the potential for integrating Ikebana within garden settings. Featured in gardens, glasshouses and conservatories, the Ikebana bring a sense of fantasy to their natural surroundings.

Gilded Amber Ikebana with Coral Stem and Leaf

1998, 183 × 97 × 51cm

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Monet Blue Ikebana with Cobalt Frog Foot

2002, 137 × 91 × 38cm

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Gilded Amber Ikebana with Coral Stem and Leaf

1998, 183 × 97 × 51cm

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Monet Blue Ikebana with Cobalt Frog Foot

2002, 137 × 91 × 38cm

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Gilded Amber Ikebana with Coral Stem and Leaf
Monet Blue Ikebana with Cobalt Frog Foot
VENETIANS © Chihuly Studio

VENETIANS

An unlikely marriage of formality and unrestrained exuberance, Venetians began as an experiment by Chihuly and Italian maestro glassblower Lino Tagliapietra. At the core of the Venetians is a classical vessel, with wildly flamboyant attachments like snaky handles, leaves, and twisted coils and ribbons.

Aquamarine Venetian with Amethyst Flowers

2015, 79 × 41 × 28cm

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Clear Venetian with Sapphire and Amber Flowers

2009, 86 × 41 × 36cm

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Gilded Purple Piccolo Venetian with Plum Handles

2002, 30 × 18 × 13cm

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Rubiat Venetian with Crystal Flowers

2014, 91 × 30 × 30cm

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Silvered Copper Piccolo Venetian with Gilded Jet Coil

2009, 56 × 20 × 20cm

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Silvered Piccolo Venetian with Pale Amber Curls

2009, 38 × 25 × 18cm

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Silvered Pyrethrum Yellow Piccolo Venetian with Curls

1999, 38 × 18 × 13cm

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Silvered Venetian with Bittersweet and Oxblood Tiger Lilies

2009, 46 × 43 × 41cm

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Aquamarine Venetian with Amethyst Flowers

2015, 79 × 41 × 28cm

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Clear Venetian with Sapphire and Amber Flowers

2009, 86 × 41 × 36cm

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Gilded Purple Piccolo Venetian with Plum Handles

2002, 30 × 18 × 13cm

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Rubiat Venetian with Crystal Flowers

2014, 91 × 30 × 30cm

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Silvered Copper Piccolo Venetian with Gilded Jet Coil

2009, 56 × 20 × 20cm

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Silvered Piccolo Venetian with Pale Amber Curls

2009, 38 × 25 × 18cm

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Silvered Pyrethrum Yellow Piccolo Venetian with Curls

1999, 38 × 18 × 13cm

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Silvered Venetian with Bittersweet and Oxblood Tiger Lilies

2009, 46 × 43 × 41cm

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Aquamarine Venetian with Amethyst Flowers
Clear Venetian with Sapphire and Amber Flowers
Gilded Purple Piccolo Venetian with Plum Handles
Rubiat Venetian with Crystal Flowers
Silvered Copper Piccolo Venetian with Gilded Jet Coil
Silvered Piccolo Venetian with Pale Amber Curls
Silvered Pyrethrum Yellow Piccolo Venetian with Curls
Silvered Venetian with Bittersweet and Oxblood Tiger Lilies
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PERSIANS

Featured in many of Chihuly’s most dramatic installations, Persians are an exploration of form, shape and color—a celebration of wild asymmetry and swirling pattern. They have an ancient sensibility, and for Chihuly, conjure notions of Venice, and the Near and Far East.

Shadow Amethyst Persian Wall

2021, 137 × 244 × 38cm

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Bright Orange Persian Set with Onyx Lip Wraps

2015, 43 × 84 × 97cm

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Persimmon Orange Persian Set with Ebony Lip Wraps

2015, 28 × 61 × 43cm

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Orange Chrome Persian Set with Black Lip Wraps

2015, 30 × 76 × 53cm

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Orange Madder Persian Set with Kohl Lip Wraps

2015, 41 × 114 × 66cm

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Shadow Amethyst Persian Wall

2021, 137 × 244 × 38cm

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Bright Orange Persian Set with Onyx Lip Wraps

2015, 43 × 84 × 97cm

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Persimmon Orange Persian Set with Ebony Lip Wraps

2015, 28 × 61 × 43cm

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Orange Chrome Persian Set with Black Lip Wraps

2015, 30 × 76 × 53cm

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Orange Madder Persian Set with Kohl Lip Wraps

2015, 41 × 114 × 66cm

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Shadow Amethyst Persian Wall
Bright Orange Persian Set with Onyx Lip Wraps
Persimmon Orange Persian Set with Ebony Lip Wraps
Orange Chrome Persian Set with Black Lip Wraps
Orange Madder Persian Set with Kohl Lip Wraps
SEAFORMS © Chihuly Studio

SEAFORMS

A natural evolution of the Basket series, Chihuly’s Seaforms are thin and transparent. Spiral wraps of color envelope the pieces and the use of optic molds strengthens the glass and gives a ribbed effect. The result: pieces with natural rhythm and fluidity—tributes to the sea.

Black and White Seaform Set

2018, 36 × 81 × 56cm

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Black and White Seaform Set

2018, 38 × 71 × 69cm

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Sienna Gold Leaf Seaform Set with Bonfire Lip Wraps

2014, 23 × 48 × 28cm

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Sienna Gold Leaf Seaform Set with Ruby Lip Wraps

2014, 18 × 38 × 28cm

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Black and White Seaform Set

2018, 36 × 81 × 56cm

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Black and White Seaform Set

2018, 38 × 71 × 69cm

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Sienna Gold Leaf Seaform Set with Bonfire Lip Wraps

2014, 23 × 48 × 28cm

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Sienna Gold Leaf Seaform Set with Ruby Lip Wraps

2014, 18 × 38 × 28cm

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Black and White Seaform Set
Black and White Seaform Set
Sienna Gold Leaf Seaform Set with Bonfire Lip Wraps
Sienna Gold Leaf Seaform Set with Ruby Lip Wraps
CYLINDERS © Chihuly Studio

CYLINDERS

Since 1975, Chihuly has created an ever-evolving range of Cylinders with glass thread drawings fused onto molten bubbles. This revolutionary “pick-up drawing” technique has allowed Chihuly to integrate a wide range of motifs starting with his early works, particularly patterns inspired by Native American textiles.

Black Cylinder

2008, 33 × 13 × 13cm

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Black Cylinder

2008, 20 × 18 × 18cm

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Black Cylinder

2013, 79 × 15 × 15cm

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Brilliant Orange Blanket Cylinder

2010, 30 × 15 × 15cm

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Pine Green Blanket Cylinder

2010, 36 × 20 × 20cm

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Gilded Vermilion White Cylinder with Drawing

2012, 43 × 15 × 15cm

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Red and Chrome Yellow Shard Blanket Cylinder #50

2019, 43 × 18 × 18cm

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Clear Blanket Cylinder

2016, 25 × 13 × 13cm

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Cross and Stitched Yellow Shard Blanket Cylinder #43

2019, 28 × 20 × 20cm

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Black Cylinder

2008, 33 × 13 × 13cm

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Black Cylinder

2008, 20 × 18 × 18cm

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Black Cylinder

2013, 79 × 15 × 15cm

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Brilliant Orange Blanket Cylinder

2010, 30 × 15 × 15cm

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Pine Green Blanket Cylinder

2010, 36 × 20 × 20cm

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Gilded Vermilion White Cylinder with Drawing

2012, 43 × 15 × 15cm

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Red and Chrome Yellow Shard Blanket Cylinder #50

2019, 43 × 18 × 18cm

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Clear Blanket Cylinder

2016, 25 × 13 × 13cm

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Cross and Stitched Yellow Shard Blanket Cylinder #43

2019, 28 × 20 × 20cm

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Black Cylinder
Black Cylinder
Black Cylinder
Brilliant Orange Blanket Cylinder
Pine Green Blanket Cylinder
Gilded Vermilion White Cylinder with Drawing
Red and Chrome Yellow Shard Blanket Cylinder #50
Clear Blanket Cylinder
Cross and Stitched Yellow Shard Blanket Cylinder #43

DRAWINGS

What began for Chihuly as a means of expressing his ideas to the glassblowing team, evolved into a unique body of work that references the development of his glass series. Chihuly creates his expressive two-dimensional Works on Paper with a variety of media including acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, graphite, and even fire. Over time, Chihuly married his passion for painting with his career-long exploration of the transmission of light through transparent media to develop Light Drawings, compositions which are created with vibrant colors painted on clear acrylic panels and intensified by interior illumination. Chihuly is also known for ambitious site-specific public installations and exhibitions in museums and gardens around the world.

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Basket Drawing

2009, 76 × 56cm

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Basket Drawing

2009, 76 × 56cm

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Basket Drawing

2012, 76 × 56cm

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Basket Drawing

2013, 76 × 56cm

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Black Ikebana Drawing

2008, 76 × 56cm

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Black Pair of Ikebana Drawing

2008, 76 × 56cm

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Burned Black Cylinder Drawing

2007, 76 × 56cm

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Burned Cylinder Drawing

2013, 76 × 56cm

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Chihuly Over Venice Drawing

1996, 107 × 76cm

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Copper and Jade Ikebana Drawing

2007, 76 × 56cm

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Float and Reed Drawing

2008, 76 × 56cm

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Ikebana Drawing

2009, 76 × 56cm

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Ikebana Drawing

2011, 76 × 56cm

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Ikebana Light Drawing

2019, 107 × 81cm

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Ikebana Light Drawing

2019, 107 × 81cm

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Lemon and Sapphire Ikebana Drawing

2008, 76 × 56cm

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Piccolo Venetian Drawing

1997, 76 × 56cm

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Piccolo Venetian Drawing

1997, 76 × 56cm

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Turquoise and Golden Ikebana Drawing

2008, 76 × 56cm

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Venetian Drawing

1988, 56 × 76cm

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Venetian Drawing

1989, 56 × 76cm

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Venetian Drawing

1989, 56 × 76cm

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Venetian Drawing

1991, 76 × 56cm

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Venetian Drawing

2009, 76 × 56cm

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Basket Drawing

2009, 76 × 56cm

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Basket Drawing

2009, 76 × 56cm

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Basket Drawing

2012, 76 × 56cm

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Basket Drawing

2013, 76 × 56cm

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Black Ikebana Drawing

2008, 76 × 56cm

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Black Pair of Ikebana Drawing

2008, 76 × 56cm

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Burned Black Cylinder Drawing

2007, 76 × 56cm

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Burned Cylinder Drawing

2013, 76 × 56cm

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Chihuly Over Venice Drawing

1996, 107 × 76cm

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Copper and Jade Ikebana Drawing

2007, 76 × 56cm

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Float and Reed Drawing

2008, 76 × 56cm

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Ikebana Drawing

2009, 76 × 56cm

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Ikebana Drawing

2011, 76 × 56cm

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Ikebana Light Drawing

2019, 107 × 81cm

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Ikebana Light Drawing

2019, 107 × 81cm

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Lemon and Sapphire Ikebana Drawing

2008, 76 × 56cm

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Piccolo Venetian Drawing

1997, 76 × 56cm

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Piccolo Venetian Drawing

1997, 76 × 56cm

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Turquoise and Golden Ikebana Drawing

2008, 76 × 56cm

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Venetian Drawing

1988, 56 × 76cm

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Venetian Drawing

1989, 56 × 76cm

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Venetian Drawing

1989, 56 × 76cm

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Venetian Drawing

1991, 76 × 56cm

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Venetian Drawing

2009, 76 × 56cm

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ABOUT

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly is an American artist noted for revolutionizing the studio glass movement and elevating perceptions of the medium. Known for ambitious architectural installations in cities, museums, and gardens around the world, Chihuly utilizes a variety of media to realize his creative vision, including glass, paint, charcoal, neon, ice, and Polyvitro. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013), Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (2016), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (2017), Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (2018), and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, U.K (2019). Chihuly Garden and Glass, a long-term exhibition located at the Seattle Center, opened in 2012.

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