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A glass act

A glass act

Halcyon Gallery opens its new New Bond Street gallery on 5 December 2011 with an inaugural exhibition by Dale Chihuly. The exhibition will occupy all three levels of the new gallery space and will feature new site-specific work such as a 24-foot long “Mille Fiori” garden of glass and a two storey “Gold and Quartz Two Tier Chandelier”, as well as drawings and paintings by the artist.

“Sunset Boat”, Dale Chihuly, Courtesy of Halycon Gallery
“Gold and Quartz Two Tier Chandelier”, Dale Chihuly, Courtesy of Halycon Gallery

Works across Chihuly’s glass series since the 1970s will be represented in the exhibition. His exotic forms, which burst with rich, vibrant colours, include “Cylinders” and “Baskets” in the 1970s; “Seaforms”, “Macchia”, “Venetians”, and “Persians” in the 1980s; “Ikebana” and “Chandeliers” in the 1990s; and “Mille Fiori” in the 2000s.

The timing of this exhibition is significant for Chihuly, as 2012 will mark 50 years of the International Studio Glass Movement, of which he is a founding member and leading protagonist.

“Mille Fiori”, Dale Chihuly, Courtesy of Halycon Gallery

Chihuly is internationally known for his ambitious architectural installations in historic cities, public museums and private homes and gardens. Stylistically over the past forty years, his sculptures in glass have explored colour, line, and assemblage. He is perhaps best known in the UK for his exhibition at the V&A Museum in 2001, and his impressive 27-foot high V&A Chandelier, commissioned to herald the exhibition, which remains a major permanent exhibit over the grand entrance hall.

“Maize Persian Set with Obsidian Lip Wraps”, Dale Chihuly, Courtesy of Halycon Gallery

A 200-page catalogue for Halcyon Gallery’s exhibition will feature an essay by UK art critic Matthew Collings, who says: “The mood of positive energy in Chihuly’s sculptures leaves no room for sneers or nihilism, nor for chin-stroking philosophising, or airy spirituality; in fact their sheer exuberant, material joyfulness makes them unlike much else that is considered centre-stage in contemporary art.”

Halcyon Gallery
144 New Bond Street
London W1S 2PF
Exhibition runs from 5 December 2011 until February 2012
Press preview: Tuesday 29 November at 10.30am
Tel: 0207 659 7640