Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Wisteria Violet Venetian
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 17'' x 20 1/2''
Signed: Inscribed by Artist
Condition: Very good condition overall, please request a full report for condition details
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Perhaps the most experimental glasswork series ever conceived by Dale Chihuly, “Venetians” were the ultimate union of essential form and wild imagination. The series started in 1988 as a collaboration with Italian maestro glassblower Lino Taglapietra. Its pieces contain a classical vessel as the basic shape, to which complex, opulent and unexpected embellishments are added, usually in the form of ribbons, vines, coils, florals or protruding prunts.
“Wisteria Violet Venetian” we present is the testimony to Chihuly’s desire to step out of the classical or modern and enter a realm of mildly bizarre. The inner purple vessel is ornamented with thick black protruding spikes that take it into the realm of punk aesthetics rather than classical art. Prunts weren’t a novelty at the time this piece was constructed, but these particular spikes exit the space of finely planned and controlled peaks and add an element of unrestrained to the work. Due to its unexpected lack of control that is somehow still elegant, this work makes a coveted addition to every “Venetian” collection out there.
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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.