Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Red Basket with Black Threads
Medium: Hand-Blown Glass
Dimensions: 4 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Inscription: Signed and dated "Chihuly 94"
Documentation: Includes gallery certificate of authenticity
Red has been one of the most frequently used colors throughout Chihuly's prolific body of work. The artist has returned to the bold, saturated hue countless times through his major installations and numerous Portland Press series including his Bonfire Basket, Chinese Red Seaform, and Fiesta Macchia. This intentionally streamlined 1994 red basket with black threads is a thoroughly modern interpretation of the color red, in many ways signaling that Chihuly is fully invested in the type of innovations that will come to define his moder-era glasswork. The black threads harken back to the earliest works in his Baskets series, which were defined by a muted, earth-tone color pallet and fine detailing. The use of bright right and more bulbous shape; however, exemplifies the shift towards the type of modern Baskets that would come to fruition in the late 90s and throughout the 2000s and 2010s.
Dale Chihuly's original Red Basket with Black Threads is signed and dated "Chihuly 94" and comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity.
About Dale Chihuly
One of the most famous contemporary glass artists in the world, Dale Chihuly is best known for his monumental sculptures and installations. He is the name behind the spectacular ceiling at the Bellagio’s flower garden in Las Vegas and the creator of the Rotunda Chandelier at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Glass works of Dale Chihuly are considered some of the most desired collectibles between the decorative arts devotees today.
Despite his initial indifference towards education, Chihuly has spent a lot of time in school, obtaining both scientific and artistic degree in sculpture from prestigious graduate schools. He displayed a proclivity for interior design and craft early on, but his true passion was always in the glass. He was a Fulbright Fellow in the late 1960s and an apprentice at the Venini Glass Factory in Venice. Mastering the art of Murano glasswork, he continued the experiments with glassblowing and thus became one of the people who brought the ancient art of glassblowing back into the spotlight on an international scale.
Monumental and small-scale artwork of Dale Chihuly is present in over 200 most renowned decorative art collections today, while the artist holds twelve honorary doctorates!
The most illustrious series in his work are Cylinders and Baskets he created in the 1970s; Macchia, Venetians, and Persians from the 1980s, Niijima Floats and Chandeliers created in the 1990s; and a more recent one, Fiori from the 2000s.
For over 30 years, Dale Chihuly has been acting as an artistic director of his team of craftsmen, since he was incapacitated in two accidents, which left him blind in one eye and incapable of holding the blowing tube. This change allowed him to see the possibilities of glass work on a broader scale, while still maintaining his recognizable style.