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NEW BOOK EXPLORES ARTISTRY OF GLASS SCULPTOR DALE CHIHULY

Dale Chihuly has spent his professional career fashioning glass into sublime shapes, colors and designs that reflect nature, highlight the beauty of geometry and hint at his imagination.
One of his best-known, “Fiori di Como,” hangs in the Bellagio lobby.
Fans of that piece now can explore a broader range of his work in “Chihuly: On Color and Form” (Chihuly Workshop, $28), which examines, through photos and essays, five of Chihuly’s most popular series: Baskets, Seaforms, Macchia, Persians and Venetians.
In an introductory essay, independent art curator Davira S. Taragin notes that the five series, “created sequentially in rapid succession over an 11-year-period from 1977 through 1988 … were the ones
that really defined his aesthetic and effected the most dramatic change in the centuries-old medium of glass.”
Chihuly’s work can be found in more than 200 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In Las Vegas, thousands of people each day view “Fiori di Como,” a 2,100-square-foot installation made up of 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers. “Persian Pedestal,” also by Chihuly, can be seen in Bellagio’s Baccarat Bar, plus four works at the Mirage, in front of and inside the Baccarat Lounge and Salon Prive.

Dale Chihuly Iris Amber Basket Trio with Drawing Shards, 2017. Photo by Scott Mitchell Leen  © Chihuly Studio
Dale Chihuly Iris Amber Basket Trio with Drawing Shards, 2017. Photo by Scott Mitchell Leen © Chihuly Studio
 
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