Lot 2163
Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941), Montana Baskets
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Lithograph in colors, 2001, pencil signed and numbered 44/100 lower margin, framed.

Image / Sheet size 34 1/2 x 22 3/4 in.

World-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly has been creating these these vibrant works on paper for over thirty years as preparatory sketches in for his glass sculpture. They are also a way for Chihuly to communicate his ideas to team members as they are working on a project together, as he lost sight in one eye in the 1970s.

Probably the most recognizable household name in contemporary glass, Chihuly elevated the field of glassmaking in a way that no other artist has done in the 20th-century America.

Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington, and went on to receive a BA from the University of Washington, Seattle and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington in 1971, which has become one of the leading glass institutions in the United States. There he worked to transform avant-garde glassmaking into a fine art.

Chihuly received two Fulbright Fellowships that took him to Venice to study glass. It was there that he studied with famed Italian glassmaker, Lino Tagliapietra, and learned to fuse Venetian traditions in glass blowing with his modern aesthetics. Chihuly brought these ideas and techniques back to the United States where they flourished.

Some of the most significant works by Chihuly are monumental outdoor and architectural installations. Among these are his Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem installation in Jerusalem, Israel in 1999; the chandelier in the rotunda of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the 43-foot Lime Green Icicle Tower at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Fiori di Como glass ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas; and Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, Washington.

Excellent condition; not examined out of frame.