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Chihuly Garden Installations
Dale Chihuly
2011
Hardcover, 400 pages, 340 color

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Chihuly Garden Installations explores the results of Dale Chihuly’s investigation into designing site-specific installations for some of the world’s preeminent gardens and conservatories. This handsomely illustrated book follows this investigation from its beginning at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago through botanic, tropical, sculpture, and desert gardens, ending with his installation at Cheekwood in Nashville. Tracing the correspondence between his art and botanical life, Chihuly Garden Installations shows how the exchange between art and nature can shift from the harmonious and tranquil to stunning juxtapositions of scale and color. Chihuly Garden Installations showcases the ever-fascinating arrangement of Chihuly’s unique glass sculptures among the natural beauty of the plants, flowers, and landscapes of these astounding gardens.

Through the Looking Glass
Gerald W R Ward & Dale Chihuly
2011
hardcover, 160 pages

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Arguably the most famous glass artist since Louis Comfort Tiffany, Dale Chihuly has been credited with elevating blown glass from delicate decorative object to groundbreaking fine art. Chihuly’s “Blanket Cylinders,” “Seaforms,” “Persians” and chandeliers are exhibited and collected throughout the world, and many volumes have been devoted to his bold, complex, fiercely colorful work. Little documented, however, though crucial to an understanding of his art, is the role played by physical space in his overall aesthetic–installation spaces, work spaces, but also spaces for living and for housing his extensive personal collections. Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass focuses on the artist’s pieces and installations in relation to the spaces that generate, shape and surround them. The text, a mix of critical exegesis and Chihuly’s own commentary (much of it solicited specifically for this book), provides a new entrée into the work, mind, and creative process of one of America’s most critically and popularly acclaimed artists.

Chihuly at the Salk
Dale Chihuly
2010
76 page hardcover book & 19 minute DVD

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Chihuly at the Salk documents Dale Chihuly’s exhibition at the world-famous Salk Institute for Biological Studies on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary (1960-2010). Dr. Jonas Salk believed that art and science go hand in hand, so the Salk Institute invited Chihuly to create an installation at its campus in La Jolla, California.

The institute overlooks the Pacific Ocean and embodies the collective imagination of Dr. Jonas Salk and architect Louis Kahn. Chihuly, taking his cue from the Salk’s dramatic architecture, lighting, and scale, selected a number of vibrant sculptures, including The Sun and Black Niijima Floats. The exhibition was the impetus for a wonderful gathering of community, as the Salk’s faculty and staff joined the general public to enjoy Chihuly at the Salk.

In 2006 the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, invited Chihuly to work in their state-of-the-art hotshop, an amphitheater specifically designed to allow the audience to watch the action close at hand. Chihuly’s residency soon became the idea for this documentary as he set forth on an ambitious program that would reflect the sum total of his work in glass over the last thirty years. All thirteen of his best-known series were revisited along with more than forty artists and gaffers who had worked with Chihuly at the time of the inception of each series.

 Fire & Light (with DVD)
Dale Chihuly
2010
144 page book and DVD set

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Observe artist Dale Chihuly at work with his team as he conceives and mounts his most ambitious exhibition to date. Chihuly at the de Young is the culmination of a lifetime of working with glass. About 400,000 people viewed the exhibition over a fifteen-week period, a record for both the institution and the artist. From Seattle to San Francisco, Chihuly’s lifelong goal of bringing glass artwork to a broader audience moved a new level.

Bonus: A 144-page book with an essay by Thomas Hoving, author and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Chihuly Small book Series (with DVDs)
Dale Chihuly
2010
Hardcover, 1120 pages (10 small 120 page books each with a DVD)

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This set is composed of ten hardcover books: Chihuly Baskets, Chihuly Chandeliers & Towers, Chihuly Putti, Chihuly Persians, Chihuly Mille Fiori, Chihuly Cylinders, Chihuly Ikebana, Chihuly Seaforms, Chihuly Macchia, and Chihuly Venetians. A companion DVD accompanies each book which includes artist commentary discussing the history of each series.

Each title in the boxed set chronicles the growth of a particular series from the renowned artist’s glass sculptures. Essays by Davira Taragin speak directly to the historical and aesthetic context out of which these series arose.

The Art of Dale Chihuly
(de Joung exhibition)
2008
Hardcover, 160 pages

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Chihuly at the de Young was Dale Chihuly’s first major exhibition in San Francisco, and included eleven galleries of new and archival works representing the breadth and scope of the artist’s creative vision over the last four decades.

Chihuly: 365 Days

Dale Chihuly
2008
Hardcover
744 pages

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Dale Chihuly is renowned as the most prolific living artist working in glass, with hugely popular exhibitions in major museums around the world. Chihuly: 365 Days is a richly illustrated photo survey of his entire four-decade career, with more than 500 pictures showing all facets of his work–from intimate smaller pieces to the tremendous outdoor installations that have thrilled millions of visitors. There are also personal photos of the artist; of “Team chihuly” at the Boathouse, his studio in Seattle, Washington; and of his marvelous drawings–all selected by the artist himself. Most of the photographs have never before been published.

Chihuly BLACK

Dale Chihuly
2008
Hardcover
203 pages
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Chihuly’s black works combine the dominant use of black intensified with the dynamic use of color throughout each blown sculpture. Dramatic contrast forces the eye directly to the form and secondly, to the exuded colors. Burned Drawings, an essay by Dale Chihuly, introduces his series of drawings that radiate a potent energy. Experimental processes such as torching, using metal shavings, iridescents and metallics soon became the primary elements for these drawings.
Chihuly Black is the largest formatted publication on the artist’s work to date and flaunts a debossed leather-bound cover. Look past the cover and find the silver-tipped pages which lead the way to an awe inspiring collection of twelve fascinating series.

Chihuly in the Hotshop

Dale Chihuly
2008
book and DVD set
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In 2006 the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, invited Chihuly to work in their state-of-the-art hotshop, an amphitheater specifically designed to allow the audience to watch the action close at hand. Chihuly’s residency soon became the idea for this documentary as he set forth on an ambitious program that would reflect the sum total of his work in glass over the last thirty years. All thirteen of his best-known series were revisited along with more than forty artists and gaffers who had worked with Chihuly at the time of the inception of each series.

Team Chihuly

Dale Chihuly
2007
hardcover, 240 pages

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A unique work by Dale Chihuly demands the participation of up to twelve people. These people, who have varying skills and talents, are now distinguished in their own right. They exude a form of communication that is not always verbal, making the relationships between these artisans a masterpiece in itself. A rare glimpse into the creative process, Team Chihuly portrays the relationship and development between master glassblower Dale Chihuly and other renowned artists including Dante Marioni, Benjamin Moore, William Morris, and Richard Royal as well as Italian Glass Masters, Pino Signoretto and Lino Tagliapietra.

Dale Chihuly, who introduces Team Chihuly, has contributed to revolutionizing the studio glass movement by expanding its original premise of the solitary artist to encompass the notion of collaborative teams and a division of labor within the creative process.

Chihuly at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Todd Alden
2005
hardcover, 160 pages

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In his first botanical garden exhibition outside of the United States, Dale Chihuly indulges his fascination with glasshouses by installing an elaborate collection of glass at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Inside grand Victorian conservatories and amongst outdoor plantings, twenty-five installations come together to transform completely the 132-hectare (some 325 acres) World Heritage Site. Elaborate orange and yellow Asymmetrical Towers accent the entrance to Kew’s elegant Palm House and a brilliant Sun adorns the modern Princess of Wales Conservatory. Brightly coloured Walla Wallas rest in an outdoor lake and graceful Herons rise from a calm waterlily pond. Many other works nestle within planting beds to surprise visitors expecting to see purely botanical beauty. Altogether, these vivid colors and otherworldly shapes placed against Kew’s magnificent landscape make the Gardens of Glass: Chihuly at Kew exhibition a captivating and memorable experience.

Chihuly Projects
Dale Chihuly
2000
hardcover, 64 pages

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From the resplendent towers in Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000 to the overhead sculpture made of more than two thousand handblown forms in the lobby of the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, the audacity and inventiveness of Dale Chihuly’s vision come across on every page of this 348-page volume. With a focus on his most imposing creations and essays by Barbara Rose and Dale M. Lanzone, this book will delight all art lovers, collectors, curators, and artists.

Essential Dale Chihuly
William Warmus
2000
hardcover, 112 pages

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This is part of a series that focuses on the lives of individual artists. Dale Chihuly has been called the Tiffany of the 21st century, turning glass into art and artists of glass makers.

Form from Fire
Dale Chihuly, Henry Geldzahler, Walter Darby Bannard, Lowe Art Museum, Museum of Arts and Sciences
1993
hardcover, 144 pages

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“Chihuly’s originality lies in his refusal to believe that there are fixed rules that must be adhered to,” wrote the late Henry Geldzahler, former curator of contemporary art of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, in his essay for “Chihuly Form From Fire.” Accompanying the artist’s traveling retrospective, the 144-page book documents 10 of Chihuly’s rule-breaking series from the Baskets, begun in the late 1970s, through the Pilchuck Stumps of 1992. Painter and art critic Walter Darby Bannard introduces the volume, which is more inclusive than a typical exhibition catalog, with a personal response to Chihuly and his glass. Seventy-five full-color reproductions and commentary on the individual series by the artist and noted authorities provide a visual and verbal overview of the artist’s career. “Chihuly Form From Fire” offers a definitive look at “Chihuly As of 1993,” as Geldzahler titled his provocative essay in which he asserts that Chihuly “does go over the top at times.”

Gardens and Glass
2002
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Gardens and Glass
Dale Chihuly, Barbara Rose, Lisa C. Roberts, Mark McDonnell, Garfield Park Conservatory
2002
hardcover, 187 pages

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Artist Dale Chihuly’s forty-year career continues to surprise and astound as he radically transforms perceptions about the medium of glass. In this beautifully illustrated book, you will see Chihuly’s extraordinary installations at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. He has taken glass well beyond the traditional display case, out into nature itself. The brilliance of color and form of the glass, and the plants it is set among, creates a new reality within the conservatory. Long before arriving at Garfield’s gate, Chihuly had been placing his work in unusual settings, often outdoors. From the canals of Venice to the historic walls of the ancient city of Jerusalem, Chihuly has worked his magic. These images, side by side with Chihuly’s quotes, provide insight into the personality of this major artist, and show the wide range of his interests as well as his sense of humor.

Chihuly Seaforms
Joan S. Robinson, Sylvia Earle, Diana Johnson, Dale Chihuly, Karen S. Chambers
1997
hardcover, 112 pages

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In Chihuly Seaforms, Artforum art critic Joan Seeman Robinson discusses Dale Chihuly’s most exquisite and ethereal series, invoking the spontaneous automatic drawings of the Surrealists, the water lilies of Claude Monet, the action painting of Jackson Pollock, and, most cogently, Henri Matisse’s Swimming Pool. Oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle, former Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, finds in Chihuly’s evocative Seaforms not only “reflections of skill, passion, teamwork and sheer genius” but also “tributes” to the sea. Together these writers help to illuminate what many consider Chihuly’s quintessential series, which was begun in 1980. The saturated color of the 40 full-color pages, including many double-page spreads, conveys the sensuousness of Chihuly’s work.

Chihuly DVD Collection

Portland Press
2003

DVD box set includes Gardens & Glass, Chihuly at the V&A, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem, and Chihuly and the Master of Venice.

Journey around the world with Dale Chihuly as he brings his grandest plans to fruition in this four-disc box set. Explore the relationship of nature and glass as Chihuly and his team work in a variety of outdoor locations, and then install glass among the lush flora at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. Trace the dramatic events that lead up to Chihuly’s 2001 exhibition at London’s venerable Victoria and Albert Museum. Watch Chihuly’s international team create a tribute to the new millennium in the ancient Tower of David in Jerusalem. Meet the two men Chihuly considers to be the world’s greatest living glass sculptor and glassblower. A truly comprehensive collection, the Chihuly DVD Collection is a globe-trotting adventure that leads to greater understanding of Chihuly and his art.

Chihuly Over Venice
1998
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 Chihuly Over Venice
1998
Hardcover, 136 page

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Bound like an artist’s sketchbook, “Chihuly Over Venice” documents the culmination of this amazing artistic odyssey that took the artist from his Seattle Boathouse hot shop to Nuutajärvi, Finland; Waterford, Ireland; Monterrey, Mexico; and finally Venice to blow glass. In the factories in those locations, Dale Chihuly and his team of American glass blowers worked with native artisans more accustomed to making functional objects than art. Together they created the 14 chandeliers that graced the campos and canals of Venice for a remarkable time in September 1996. In her essay Dana Self, curator of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, muses on the relationship of Chihuly’s glass and “The Spectacle of Beauty.” She concludes that “Chihuly’s fantastical explorations demonstrate that beauty does produce a meaningful experience of the world.” Writer William Warmus chronicles the culmination of this two-year project with his diary entries.

Chihuly Jerusalem 2000
Dale Chihuly
2000
hardcover, 240 pages

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This book documents the yearlong exhibition with 117 full-color reproductions of Chihuly’s sculptures, his energetic drawings, and his team as they install the exhibition. These beautiful images are accompanied by Chihuly’s affectionate letters to his young son, Jackson, about the joys and challenges of the project and his essay (reprinted with permission from Ariel: The Israel Review of Arts and Letters, vol. 111, 1999) on his inspirations at the site. Also included is an illuminating foreword by Shosh Yaniv, director of the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem, and a section containing seven insightful reviews of the exhibition. This book offers an opportunity to share in a unique millennium celebrationa joyous tribute by an artist as he captures the light, history, and essence of one of the greatest cities in the world.

Chihuly’s Pendletons and Their Influence on His Work
Dale Chihuly
2000
hardcover, 253 pages

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Twenty-six years ago, Chihuly attended an exhibition of Navajo blankets and was completely captivated. The brilliant colors, bold geometric designs, and intricate weaving of the textiles appealed to his interest in the interplay of strong colors and shapes. Chihuly later studied the designs, patterns, colors, and origins of trade blankets, recognizing their significance in history and the differences between their machine-made origin and that of the handmade blankets. Soon after, Chihuly began to create a series of glass cylinders that explore the blankets’ beauty a pursuit he continued to perfect for twenty years while acquiring more than six hundred trade blankets in his private collection.

That artistic enterprise has culminated in this outstanding volume, its images honoring the history of an extraordinary culture and presenting the artist’s accomplished interpretations of it. Chihuly’s Pendletons features historical photographs, selections from Chihuly’s own trade blanket collection, and the distinguished Blanket Cylinders series.

The book’s foreword, written by historian Charles J. Lohrmann, renders a compelling account of the economic and human history of the blankets. Chihuly’s Pendletons provides a rare opportunity to view both the artist’s exquisite creations and the inspiration behind them.

 

Chihuly at the V&A
Dale Chihuly
2001
149 pages, hardcover

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In 1999, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London installed a Chihuly Chandelier in its main entrance hall. It is the first major artwork by Chihuly to be permanently installed in the UK. As a result, from 21 June to 21 October 2001, an extensive exhibition of Chihuly’s art was shown at the V&A. This is a powerful book that has been crafted to explain the works presented in the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition. Outstanding essays written by leading experts in contemporary focus on both a historical and contemporary understanding of glass as it pertains to Chihuly’s art. Drawing on the museum’s historic Renaissance collections and expertise, the book also explores the development of the traditional Venetian glass workshop and Chihuly’s enormous influence in introducing Venetian glassmakers and his own inimitable variations on Venetian style to contemporary glass. In addition, the book includes a chronology of Chihuly’s life and listings of his museum exhibitions and museum collections. Over 100 stunning colour photographs do justice to Chihuly’s masterworks, providing clarity and detail in examining his diverse oeuvre. ‘Chihuly at the V&A’ invites readers to marvel in the uncommon and uncompromising world of Chihuly glass.