Macchia Seaform Group


Dale Chihuly ( American, 1941 )

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Dale Chihuly is today considered to be one of the most significant and influential artists working in contemporary glass. His career has been marked by his staunch refusal to acept the assumed limitations of glass or its traditional production. In his series of "Seaforms" beginning in 1981 Chihuly's art reaches a pinnacle of sculptural reflection, transparency and shape. And in this fine example from the series one see the art of blown glass pushed to its limit as the molten glass is laced with delicately colored threads and spun into frighteningly thin shells. They are then slumped or folded and, after cooling, nested together in dramatic groups like rare shells, tropical sea vegetation, or floating jellyfish. This work is an excellent piece to have in the collection as a first representation of the contemporary glass movement. Sue Graze Contemporary Curator December 1984