Exhibit will represent all creative periods of the artist’s career
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
Beginning June 14th through September 28th, the de Young Museum will host Dale Chihuly’s first major exhibition in San Francisco. CHIHULY AT THE DE YOUNG includes eleven galleries of new and archival works representing the breadth and scope of the artist’s creative vision over the last four decades. The de Young Museum is the only venue for this exhibition. “I’m very excited about my upcoming show at the de Young. It will be the most ambitious show I’ve created to date,” says Chihuly.
DALE CHIHULY & SUN. (Portrait by Terry Rishel)
A pioneer of the studio glass movement, Chihuly has transformed the form and function of glass, making the Pacific Northwest a vital region in the contemporary art scene. Chihuly has also contributed to the evolution of public art, creating memorable installations for both architectural and natural settings. Prior to the opening at the de Young, Chihuly will create installations that take advantage of the spectacular settings and architecture of both the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums. These ambitious installations will offer a preview of CHIHULY AT THE DE YOUNG , as they will debut in April and remain throughout the duration of the exhibition.
• SUN – a 15-foot radiant yellow orb will be installed at the Legion of Honor in the exterior Court of Honor.
• CHANDELIER AND TOWER – two installations, ceiling-mounted “Aquamarine Three-Tiered Chandelier” and floor-mounted “SEA BLUE AND GREEN TOWER”, will be installed in the Rodin sculpture galleries at the Legion of Honor.
• SAFFRON TOWER – a 30-foot yellow neon sculpture will be installed in the Pool of Enchantment on the de Young’s east side.
Hanging Sculpture and Herons. Dale Chihully.
CHANDELIER, with detail. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Chihuly at the de Young takes a comprehensive view of the artist’s dramatic, colorful, and textured works that generate instant international recognition. This exhibition represents all the creative periods of the artist’s career, from drawings to single vessels to architectural installations. Included in the exhibition:
• GLASS FOREST #3 – recreates one of Chihuly’s earliest installations. Comprised of white milk-glass and neon, the first version of this work was exhibited in New York at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now the Museum of Arts & Design), and has not been viewed in the U.S. since 1972.
• Five CHANDELIERS – will dramatically transform an entire gallery. Their titles suggest a feast of color and form, characteristic of one of Chihuly’s most celebrated series: Ruby Red, Turquoise Icicle, Orange Hornet and Eelgrass, Chiostro di Sant’ Apollonia, and Palazzo de Loredana Balboni.
• A 56-foot-long MILLE FIORI garden of glass composed of bold forms in vibrant colors provides a powerful conclusion to the exhibition.
• The TABAC BASKETS will be displayed in the context of objects that have served as sources of inspiration to the artist.
CHANDELIER, Dale Chihuly. Day & Night at the Phipps.
Dale Chihuly is most frequently lauded for revolutionizing the studio glass movement by expanding its original premise of the solitary artist working in a studio environment to encompass the notion of collaborative teams and a division of labor within the creative process. However, Chihuly’s contribution extends well beyond the boundaries both of this movement and even the field of glass: his achievements have influenced contemporary art in general. Chihuly’s practice of using teams has led to the development of complex, multipart sculptures of dramatic beauty that place him in the leadership role of moving blown glass out of the confines of the small, precious object and into the realm of large-scale contemporary sculpture.
DALE CHIHULY – CRYSTAL TREE OF LIGHT, with the Clintons,
White House Millennium Celebration.
An Antenna Audio tour with an introduction by John E. Buchanan, the director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and an interview with the artist is available for $6 ($5 Members). The catalog, THE ART OF DALE CHIHULY, by Timothy Anglin Burgard, the Ednah Root Curator-in-Charge of the American Art Department, available in hardback ($40) and paperback ($24.95), accompanies the exhibition.
DALE CHIHULY – At. Marlborough, New York, 2001.
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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: email@example.com.
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