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 Brandywine Macchia, 2013   Brandywine Macchia, 2013

It was the spirit of experimentation that led Dale Chihuly to work with all 300 colors available in his hotshop to create the Macchia series. For this series, he created a unique process that allowed him to contrast the interior and exterior colors without blending them together—a predominant characteristic of this vibrant series. Commenting on the development of this series, Chihuly said that “when we unloaded the ovens in the morning, there was a rush of seeing something I had never seen before.”

The Brandywine Macchia illustrates Chihuly’s passion for color. The base element, golden-colored on the outside, features a gently rolled lip exposing the deep purple interior of the Macchia. Flecks of blue and red along the exterior and a rich teal lip wrap add further contrast and dimension capturing the sculpture’s graceful undulations. The intricately detailed interior element extends the intimate dialogue between color and form that is at the heart of this work.

The 2013 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition is eleven inches across and signed by the artist. The edition is shipped with a Plexiglas case for display; a copy of Chihuly alla Macchia, a fifty-two-page publication with full-color photographs of Chihuly’s Macchia glass and drawings, completes the ensemble.

The Brandywine Macchia is a quintessential example of the artist’s desire to explore and experiment with color.

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photo: David Emery and Corrine F. Kolstad

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 Cinnabar Basket, 2013   Cinnabar Basket, 2013

Dale Chihuly first established his unique approach to glassblowing while working on one of his earliest series: Baskets. This technique set the tone for the now-familiar asymmetrical Baskets, which are characterized by their delicate, organic shapes and long, trailing wraps. Art historian Linda Norden writes that the Baskets “manifest another kind of Chihuly magic, one that does indeed rely on his exploitation of the material properties of glass. These are forms that truly make us wonder: whether the glass gathers the light or the light gathers as forms.”

The 2013 Cinnabar Basket reveals the elegant simplicity and classic form exemplified in this series. Thin, striated black lines articulate the asymmetry of the spherical vessel, while the burnished red backdrop is accentuated by a constellation of black and yellow spots. Combined, these characteristics bring a balance of form that is both inviting and expressive.

This handblown Studio Edition measures approximately six inches in height and is signed by Chihuly. Presented in a Plexiglas display case, the ensemble is accompanied by a Chihuly Workshop publication, Chihuly Baskets. This 164-page monograph further explores the fascinating series with two essays and seventy-three beautiful photographs.

Inspired, colorful, and elegant, the Cinnabar Basket captures the definitive essence of the Basket series.

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photo: David Emery and Russell Johnson

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 Chartreuse Persian Pair, 2013   Chartreuse Persian Pair, 2013

“The name Persians evokes the exoticism of the Middle East with its seas of sand, the basic material of glass. The Persians emerge as mysterious, ancient and marvelous,” notes art historian Henry Adams. The exoticism in the Persian series comes partly from Dale Chihuly’s work at the Venini glass workshop outside Venice. It was there that he became inspired by the city’s Byzantine and Near Eastern influences, which can be seen in the dramatic rhythm that pulses through the jewel-toned colors of this compelling series.

The Chartreuse Persian Pair, a 2013 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition, couples the artist’s studied understanding of color with his organic sense of form. The large open element is a transparent citrus green edged with a vibrant red lip wrap, which accentuates the sculpture’s scallops, spines, and swells. A pomegranate-colored element blooms from inside the piece, bringing a brilliant touch of color to this strikingly unique work.

This signed, handblown Studio Edition measures eleven inches across and is shipped with a Plexiglas display case as well as the hardcover Chihuly Workshop publication Chihuly Persians. Fifty-eight beautifully photographed images capture the imaginative forms, and an essay by museum curator Tina Oldknow gives historical context to the artist’s Persian series.

The Chartreuse Persian Pair is a luscious example of this tantalizing series by Dale Chihuly.

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photo: David Emery and Terry Rishel

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 Saffron Seaform Pair, 2013   Saffron Seaform Pair, 2013

“The Seaforms call forth associations with water, marine life and movement without depicting them, and that’s why they so persuasively affect us as art,” writes art critic Joan Seeman Robinson. Dale Chihuly grew up surrounded by the waters of Puget Sound, so it is not surprising that his work has been influenced by the sea. The artist himself has noted that “as soon as I saw the Baskets begin to look like shells and things from the sea, I pushed the idea of the transparency of the glass and the sea and the water . . . and it all fit together in the forms.”

Animated and complex, the Saffron Seaform Pair is a fluent example of Chihuly’s Seaform series. A thin crimson body wrap is skillfully applied to each piece of this two-part composition, providing a vivid juxtaposition to the rich honeyed yellow. This contrast extends the dimensional ebb
and flow of the sculpture’s undulating ripples and radial design.

The 2013 Chihuly Workshop Studio Edition, signed by the artist, measures approximately nine inches across and is accompanied by a Plexiglas vitrine with black base for display. The ensemble is complemented by a 110-page clothbound book, Chihuly Seaforms, which includes forty-four full-color reproductions of this series and insightful essays by art critic Joan Seeman Robinson and author and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

The Saffron Seaform Pair embodies the rich relationship between nature and art in Chihuly’s work.

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photo: David Emery and Ira Garber

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