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Name that (Dale Chihuly) masterpiece

I am curious, “Pro-Chihuly”, and others – please name a single Chiluly artwork that you consider a masterpiece. Or even one that is a great work of art that deserves to be pictured in the next version of Janson.
Cause I have seen a lot of em, and they are all middling examples of production craft, from my viewpoint. And, having worked in the production craft world, proudly, for over 15 years, I have seen a LOT of production craft. #

In other words, name that masterpiece. Masterpiece? If the word were a game, nobody would play. Not only is it freighted with internalized exclamation points, it has devolved into a sales tool. When auctioneers use it, they mean anything that opens at $20 million. #

A fair-minded critic must ask why Chihuly’s work cannot be taken
seriously as sculpture. Sculptors of acknowledged importance have at
times made good use of glass: Robert Smithson (1938-1973), Christopher
Wilmarth (1943-1987), Barry Le Va, Kiki Smith. But all of them shunned
Chihuly’s forte: decoration. (more)

Baker is fair-minded, but he came of age during the height of Minimalism, honed his vision then and never expanded it. Why should he?  Life is short. Baker is clean, but attacks on the plan to create a Chihuly fun house in Seattle Center tend to be dirty. They’re not about the man’s art. They’re about him. #


  1. I saw some Chihuly at desert botanical garden in Scottsdale, AZ and it was a delight:
    I don’t quite understand the need to compartmentalize and isolate “art” from “decoration” and other such semantic hairsplitting. It seems a form of tunnelvision. Isn’t beauty enough?

  2. Miss Marple says:

    Whether or not you like Chihuly there is another issue here. The state already has a glass museum. Why not encourage the Glass Museum in Tacoma to do more on Dale rather than have two cities compete for the glass lovers money. Won’t the city of Tacoma and especially the Glass Museum suffer a negative impact?
    It seems to me the cultural movers and shakers of the region should look at the big picture culturally.

  3. Hi Miss Marple: The Museum of Glass has nothing to do with Dale Chihuly, except in owing its existence to him. Even if it wished to feature him, its only option would be outside. Its galleries are so cramped and dim, with no natural light source, he would find it difficult to work there. All those reasons aside, why can’t both Seattle and Tacoma take a stab at a glass attraction? What Ginny Ruffner said years ago remains true: Seattle is the Manhattan of glass art.

  4. Natural light source is the key:

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