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Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object

Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object

If you have not caught this exhibition already, do not miss Halcyon’s show of Dale Chihuly’s latest work on display at both  144-146 New Bond Street and at Harrods, where a chandelier is exhibited. Chihuly’s work never fails to grab you with his use of colour, form and dynamic use of glass. For those familiar or new to his work, Halcyon’s exhibition will not disappoint.


Dale Chihuly, ‘Persian Ceiling’ (1999), 35 x 14½’, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, Washington, 2012, © Halcyon Gallery

The exhibitions is full of firsts – the ‘Persian Pergola Ceiling’ (the first time that this work has been shown in  a gallery setting) is your first encounter in the exhibition, under which you look up into a canopy of colour, light and form. In addition, six new chandeliers made for the exhibition can be seen in various installations including ‘The Cranberry Spire Chandelier’, ‘The Amethyst  Icicle Tower’ and the ‘Aero Blue Chandelier’. This is also the first exhibition in which the artist has displayed neon artworks in the UK, here displaying the 2013 works, “Sapphire Neon Tumbleweeds”.


Dale Chihuly, ‘Cranberry Spire Chandelier’ (detail) (2013), 76 x 76 x 75ʺ, 193 x 193 x 190.5 cm, © Halcyon Gallery

Chihuly is credited with revolutionising the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. He has collaborated with the greatest American and Italian glass artists and has provided continued education for young artists, many of whom have become masters themselves. His vision has led to installations on a scale unmatched by any other glass artist. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), Garden Cycle (2001 to present), de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013.) Chihuly Garden and Glass, a long-term exhibition, opened at the Seattle Centre in 2012.


Dale Chihuly, ‘Sapphire Neon Tumbleweeds’ (2013), Glass and Neon, 9 x 10 x 6ʹ, 266.7 x 312.4 x 190.5 cm, © Halcyon Gallery

In London, Dale Chihuly is perhaps best known for his monumental V&A Chandelier, which has been seen by millions since its installation in the main entrance of the historic museum in 2001. A major exhibition of Chihuly’s work Chihuly at the V&A was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the same year. This was followed by a large scale garden exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2005. Gardens of Glass: Chihuly at Kew was seen by more than 850,000 people. Visitors to Claridge’s are also able to view a Chihuly Chandelier suspended from the ceiling of the Foyer area.


Dale Chihuly, ‘Lumiere Blue Chandelier’ (detail) (2013), 60 x 64 x 63ʺ, 152.4 x 152.4 x 152.4 cm, © Halcyon Gallery

Dale Chihuly:Beyond the Object
144-146 New Bond Street, London W1S 2PF
8 February – 21 April  2014