Artist: Dale ChihulyTitle: Ruby VenetianMedium: Handblown glassSize: 24 3/4" x 14" x 13 1/2"Year: 2002Signed: Inscribed by ArtistCondition: Very good condition overall, please request a full report for condition detailsDocumentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity**
An opulent unity of craftsmanship and artistic imagination, “Venetians” has grown to be one of the most constructed and aesthetically rich bodies of work Dale Chihuly ever conceived. It started in 1988 as a collaboration experiment with Italian master glassblower Lino Tagliapietra and continued to evolve into a complex demonstration of Chihuly’s wit and skill. The series also marked a shift from the simple, natural forms the artist pursued till then and introduced more elaborate elements added to one piece - undulating vines, colorful flowers, and feathery, extravagant forms.
Created in 2002, “Ruby Venetian” represents a mature piece from the series and marriage of all the chief traits of Chihuly’s work - spots, gradients, contrasts and light that enhances color. The piece is named after the spotted ruby conical base form embellished with gold, pink and blue vines and multicolored flowers. The rim is a lacey interpretation of Art Deco ornaments, while the entire piece is a somewhat exaggerated celebration of the expressive potential of blown glass.
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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.
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.