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Dale CHIHULY "Chihuly Over Venice" 1996 Glass Art Book SIGNED w/ full page Drawing

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Dale Chihuly, artist. "Chihuly Over Venice." Portland Press, 1996, Special "Paint Splatter Cover" Edition, HB, (no dj as issued), Khaki paper-covered boards half-bound in black leather; title black stamped on spine; front cover titled only in black lettering; front and back covers hand-embellished with acrylic paint by Chihuly or his studio artists, 31 cm x 24 cm, 136 pp, color plates, English text.

"This book documents the culmination of this amazing artistic odyssey that took the artist from his Seattle Boathouse hot shop to Nuutajarvi, Finland; Waterford, Ireland; Monterrey, Mexico; and finally Venice to blow glass. In the factories in those locations, 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 and 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. Full-colour photographs record for readers the installations as they were assembled. An extensive chronology traces the artist's career."

Dale Chihuly bio: "Dale Chihuly, founder of the Pilchuck Glass School and father of the American studio glass movement, is the single best-known glass artist in the world today. As a result of a 1976 auto accident, which cost him an eye, he must now leave the handling of molten glass to his workshop, but Chihuly s vibrant, festive designs continue to enchant glass enthusiasts around the world. Although the palette he favors is wild and brilliant, the forms of his sculptures are based in nature, often imitating oceanic flora and fauna. His work has been exhibited in Venice, Italy, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Tower of David in Jerusalem, the Nijima International Glass Festival in Japan and the New York Botanical Garden and permanent displays can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, the Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York and the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas."

Condition: Excellent, Signed by Chihuly with a dedication on the second free endpaper, with an original drawing/sketch of a Venice canal - also signed by Chihuly - on the front free endpaper.

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