Whitestone Gallery Taipei is honored to present “CHIHULY Taipei”, showcasing some of the artist’s most representative series over his 50-year career, this exhibition is a continuation of Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong H Queen’s opening exhibition “CHIHULY Hong Kong” in March 2018.
“CHIHULY Taipei” presents a different set of artworks; different to the series from our Hong Kong exhibition, and demonstrates both the artist’s desire to stretch the limits of his chosen media and his ongoing experiments in light, space and form. One important highlight of the exhibition is Chihuly’s new Glass on Glass paintings, a series that uses a specially formulated enamel to paint on sheets of glass, which are then placed atop one another to create overlapping compositions. This series was met with great enthusiasm during the exhibition “Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest” exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 2017, and CHIHULY Taipei will showcase a new piece especially made for the exhibition titled, Ikebana: Glass on Glass.
Other series on view in the Taipei solo exhibition includes “Rotolo”, created out of heavy coils of glass wrapping around a core base to show the substantial yet intricate and delicate nature of glass;“Baskets”, a series which recently celebrated 40 years; “Persians”, an aesthetic feast of wild asymmetry and color; “Fiori”, a spectacular installation that shows the artist’s fascination with gardens; “Cylinders” featuring glass-thread drawings on vessels inspired by Native American textiles; “Chandeliers”, which are comprised of hundreds of blown glass forms; “Sconces”, which are glass sculptures that project from a wall, and Drawings, which show not only the artist’s creative energy, but also provide some insight into how he communicates with his hotshop team with expressive and immediate guidelines.