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CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden

Published on August 03rd, 2017 in Entertainment

  • Dale Chihuly. Photo: Courtesy of New York Botanical Garden

If you happen to be in New York City this summer or early fall, we highly recommend visiting the always-lovely New York Botanical Garden to experience a spectacular new exhibition by superstar American glass artist Dale Chihuly.

 

Chihuly, 75, is among the world’s most famous living glass artists, and his monumental, wildly colorful glass installations have been displayed in museums and public gardens around the globe for four decades.

 

Entitled simply “CHIHULY” and on view through October 29, this is his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years, and it features “more than 20 installations that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career.”

 

Highlights of the show include famous large-scale works like the 10-foot tall Palazzo Ducale Tower, which is made from hundreds of individually blown glass forms. Another winner is White Tower with Fioria, a 13-foot tall sculpture consisting of 245 individually blown pink and white glass forms. Several new works created were specifically for the NYBG site, such as the beautiful Sol del Citron – a 14-foot wide explosion of yellow and green glass that sits at the garden entrance.

 

The exhibition also features a range of special events, including jazz concerts, film screenings, and glass fire working demonstrations. Of particular interest are the evening programs called “Chihuly Nights,” when the exhibition is “infused with a magical energy as the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas” – sounds like fun, no?

 

CHIHULY at NYBG. Photo: Courtesy of New York Botanical Garden

 

Dale Chihuly. Photo: Courtesy of New York Botanical Garden

 

Sol del Citron, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of New York Botanical Garden

 

Sapphire Star, 2010. Photo: Courtesy of New York Botanical Garden

 

Red Reeds on Logs, 2016. Photo: Courtesy of New York Botanical Garden

 

Neon 206, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of New York Botanical Garden

 

 

Amy Hughes

Ph.D. Candidate

Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Fellow

Ústav dějin umění, Akademie věd České republiky, v. v. i

Art and Design History and Visual Culture Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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