October 18, 2012
So maybe you don’t “get” art.
You know – the abstract paintings, the hushed galleries, the curmudgeonly patrons. It’s all a bit … yawn.
Consider this fair warning that a change in your perspective is imminent.
Starting Saturday at the VMFA, Dale Chihuly launches the citizens of Richmond – you included – on a rather brain-melting journey through his glass works.
Chihuly is, we can safely say, a very big deal.
Scott Leen, Chihuly’s staff photographer of 13 years, describes him as, “one of the ten greatest living artists in the world today.” It’s doubtful there are many who would argue with that assessment.
His best known works, including “Mille Fiori,” “Tabac Baskets” and “Persian Ceiling,” have won him international renown, and his previous two museum exhibitions, in San Francisco and Boston, both broke attendance records.
While each of his works is distinctive in appearance, common elements are apparent. Size, for instance.
The director of the VMFA, Alex Nyerges, observes, “The scale of what Dale does with glass is virtually unthinkable.”
Case in point, a sixteen-foot-tall, 3000-pound chandelier created specially for this show.
Nyerges continues, “The color, the light, the expansiveness of these installations is mind boggling … you can’t even describe it.”
Which only leaves you one option: go see it for yourself.
Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, opens Saturday, Oct. 20, and runs through Feb. 10. Tickets are $20 for adults; $16 for seniors, students and youth.
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