Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Five Piece Red Basket Set
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
8 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 13 1/2"
4" x 6" x 6"
4" x 5" x 5"
4" x 4/1/2" x 4 1/2"
4" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Inscription: Etched "Ch 00" on the small piece
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Dale Chihuly's basket sets are more than works of art, they are an invitation to come play. By allowing the owner to choose their own composition, either nestling the smaller baskets inside the larger or displaying them alongside, we can all feel a sense of ownership over the creative process.
Chihuly begun his baskets series in the 1970s in an attempt to break away from the traditional symmetrical, finished works that dominated the world of glass art at the time. His baskets series explore gravity and asymmetry, making space for the emergence of more bulbous, organic, and uneven shapes. Although the series was one of his earliest, its minimalist aesthetic and innovative compositional qualities has allowed to remain his most modern.
In addition to showcasing the shapes that made him famous, Dale Chihuly's five piece red basket set also explores his signature use of color. The interplay between opacity and translucency is apparent in each individual basket as well as the comparative qualities between baskets in the set. Each basket in the set is finished with a contrasting black lip wrap to punctuate the bold look.
Dale Chihuly's five piece red basket set is signed by the artist and includes 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. Glassworks 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 degrees 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.
The 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 glasswork on a much broader scale, while still maintaining his recognizable style.