Chihuly Venetians is a stunning exhibition of 47 vessels and 12 drawings in the Venetian style from the George R. Stroemple Collection. The most celebrated glass artist of our time, Dale Chihuly has taken centuries-old glassmaking traditions to a new level of innovation, spectacle, grandeur, and artistry.Dale Chihuly, Translucent Blue Putti Venetian with Gilt Leaves and Dragons, 1994, glass.
Featured are works from Chihuly's Venetians series—intricately formed and brilliantly colored objects inspired by Art Deco Venetian glass vases from the 1920s and '30s, which the artist saw during a 1987-88 trip to Venice. Chihuly described them as "...odd, with garish colors. Most were classical shapes with beautiful handles and other unusual additions.... I thought I would design some pieces similar to these, in the spirit of the period.... The series started a drastic change from rather refined classical shapes to very bizarre pieces: handles changed to knots, prunts became claws, colors went from subtle to bright, big leaves and feathers appeared." Chihuly's sumptuous Venetians are characterized by their vibrant color combinations, unusual forms, and fanciful ornamentation. Nearly four dozen vessels from the series will be on view, as well as a number of the artist's drawings, which serve as independent works of art and "blueprints" to bring his designs to life.All works are generously lent by the George R. Stroemple Collection, an outstanding private collection of contemporary studio glass in Portland, Oregon.
This exhibition is generously sponsored by