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Dale Chihuly: The Chandeliers and other Critical Insight into his Work
Contemporary Canadian Glass (2008)
  • Matthew Ryan Smith, University of Western Ontario
Abstract

Dale Chihuly is the enigmatic celebrity artist heralded as the saviour of the decorative and the rejuvenator of craft. As part of a lengthy stylistic process of investigation, experimentation, and exploration, beginning from the late 1960’s, Chihuly restored the ornamental, decorative, and the embellished. His perpetual reconfiguration and metamorphosis of style continually put to question the validity and sustenance of his work. He counteracts and justifies this with a process of extreme stylistic evolution; taking glass to where it has never been or where it was never perceived to be. He is credited as the artist who singularly recognized glass as a fine art moving it from the realm of craft to critical legitimacy and relevance.

Keywords
  • Dale Chihuly,
  • visual art,
  • glass art,
  • contemporary American glass,
  • sublime,
  • surrealism,
  • sculpture
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
Matthew Ryan Smith. "Dale Chihuly: The Chandeliers and other Critical Insight into his Work" Contemporary Canadian Glass Vol. 6 Iss. 3 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthewryansmith/3/