Description

    Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941)
    Red and Gold Leaf Chandelier, 1997
    Blown glass and forged steel
    24 x 144 x 72 inches (61 x 365.8 x 182.9 cm) (variable)
    Unique.
    Weighs approximately 250 lbs.

    PROVENANCE:
    Chihuly Studios, Tacoma, Washington;
    Estate of Michael Palm, New York, commissioned from the above in 1997.

    Mr. Palm was a successful business entrepreneur, philanthropist, musician, educator and art collector. Mr. Palm was very active in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in support of gay and lesbian civil rights. His foundation supports the Michael Palm clinic in New York. A generous supporter of cultural institutions, Mr. Palm also had an eye for collecting. His Manhattan penthouse and Telluride residence have been featured in several art and architecture magazines. Michael Palm commissioned this unique work in 1997 before he passed away in 1998. It is the only such chandelier created by the Chihuly Studio.

    Composed of red blown glass floral pods and coils, mounted on eleven solid forged steel arms, Mr. Palm's chandelier is a meaningful tribute to the world's greatest glassblowers. The red organic shapes glow with a fiery brilliance that is the hallmark of Chihuly's work. The serpentine steel supports twist and turn in all directions creating a dance of light and shadows, positive and negative space. The combination of shape, color, and size is signature Chihuly. The dramatic presentation captures the imagination.


    NOTE:
    This piece is modular and can be wall mounted, installed as a chandelier, or reconfigured in any style. It consists of eleven armatures with Venetian style glass elements. The armatures may be powder coated any color.

    The Chihuly Studio has deinstalled, foam-packed, and shipped this work to an art storage facility in California. It will remain in storage for the duration of the auction. The buyer will be responsible for shipping or pick-up from Attehowe Fine Art Services in Oakland. Boxed weight is 343 lbs. For more information about structural installation requirements, estimated installation costs and Chihuly Studio approved installers, please contact Heritage's Modern & Contemporary Art Department.

    Internationally recognized and revered studio glass pioneer, teacher and mentor Dale Chihuly elevated glassblowing from craft to fine art through innovation, experimentation, and artistic expression. One of the world's foremost artists working in glass, he subverted the traditional associations between glass and functionality by pushing the medium into the realm of sculpture.

    Chihuly began working with glass in 1965 when he received a scholarship to the first glass program in the United States at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Studying under Harvey Littleton, he received his Master of Science degree in sculpture in 1967. After graduating, he enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design, where he befriended Italian artist Italo Scanga and earned a MFA in sculpture in 1968. That same year he traveled to Venice on a Fulbright scholarship and studied under glass masters at the Venini factory on the island of Murano. Back in the US, he taught the previously-guarded Venetian glass techniques at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for many summers. In 1971, he cofounded the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State and invited Murano glass masters to join the faculty. The Italians shared their ancient traditions with an avant-garde group of students, making a profound impact on the American studio glass movement. Today, the Pilchuck School is renowned as the premier institution for experimenting with glass.

    Chihuly's debt to ancient craftsmanship is evident in this remarkable one-of-a-kind chandelier. In 1996, about the same time that Mr. Palm commissioned this work, Chihuly and a crew of 25 people completed a monumental project called Chihuly Over Venice. The team of glassblowers traveled to Finland, Ireland, Mexico, and Italy to make immense chandeliers with the greatest glassblowers in the world. Chihuly's crew shipped fourteen chandeliers to Venice to be temporarily installed in and around legendary canals. Massive chandeliers were supported on metal structures to hang over bridges, courtyards and outdoor gardens. Some chandeliers even floated in the water, shining by day and glowing by night. The project was one of the most ambitious of Chihuly's career. The chandeliers remained on view for only two months before being deinstalled and returned to the United States.




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