Chihuly – delicious, joyful color explosion

C. Laurin Arts appreciation of Dale ChihulyI was recently in Montreal and had the stupendous opportunity to visit the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

It was breathtaking in scope. Glass and light not only on a grand scale, but shaped as if by whimsy into soft curls, huge floral bowls and elongated tubular shapes; it felt like an underwater paradise. Over the last fifteen years I have noticed more and more artists using light not only to emphasize elements within their work but as a medium that is an integral part of a given piece. Not so much in the tradition of James Turrell  and Robert Irwin but as a distinct almost concrete element.

 

 

The Montreal Museum never disappoints.C. LAurin art appreciation of Dale Chihuly
The curation and artful display made the experience something one could get lost in, emerging as if having had a delicious meal.

The lighting was perfect and visitors were permitted to take non-flash photos. And though these cannot do justice to the experience of seeing the real thing, they bring me joy every time I look at them.C. Larin appreciation of Dale Chihuly 3

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