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Kuspit, Donald B. (Donald Burton), 1935-
Second edition, revised and expanded.
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New York : H.N. Abrams ; Seattle : Portland Press, 1998.
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367 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 30 cm
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Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) is the most important contemporary artist working in glass. Largely due to his influence, the United States boasts the most creative and prolific art glass movement in the world. In this sumptuously produced volume, distinguished art critic Donald Kuspit offers the first full-scale study of Chihuly and his innovative, avidly sought-after work.

Chihuly began to work in glass some 30 years ago, inspired by its unique ability to convey and transform color, light, and space. A co-founder of the esteemed Pilchuck Glass School, north of Seattle, which now attracts artists from around the world, Chihuly has produced works in blown, cast, and stained glass but is perhaps best known for his multi-part sets, complex groupings, and inventive architectural installations.

Donald Kuspit's important assay, illustrated with specially created photographs of Chihuly's spectacular glass sculpture, deals with the relationship of medium to artistry and craftsmanship as he explores the dynamics of the creative process.

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Chihuly's glass sculptures look like they belong on the bottom of a tropical sea. Brilliantly hued and as gorgeously patterned as any coral, sea anemone, fish, or shell, they curve and swirl and blossom as though they live in moving water. But they are, of course, hard and breakable and manufactured, the dramatic creations of an artist who works with the tough, collaborative, boundary-crossing energy of a rock star. Chihuly, a curly-haired man with a patch over one eye, has almost single-handedly elevated modern blown glass to a fine art form, improvising on and extending traditional decorative techniques by combining them with the innovations of abstract sculpture and installation art. Kuspit charts Chihuly's steady rise to prominence as an artist and teacher in agile and articulate commentary, which is accompanied by a wealth of spectacular photographs documenting Chihuly's dynamic, improbable, flamboyant, and ravishingly beautiful creations. (Reviewed April 15, 1998)0810963361Donna Seaman