chihuly complements — and sometimes competes with — nature at new york botanical garden - white polycarbonate panels
Dale kihuli is the most famous glass artist of our time. admirers think his works are creative, colorful, skilled and energetic.
However, the art critics never liked him and thought his sculpture was arrogant and empty.
For years, critics of the Washington Post have labeled his work "completely boring" and "purely exaggerated.
"This lack of critical affirmation doesn't seem important to an artist who has been breaking the boundaries of media and his own brand for more than 40 years.
It also didn't diminish the feelings of his fans, who found simple joy from the way he turned the glass into something soft, flowing and alive, the hardest, most brittle, most
On a recent sunny afternoon, friends Lisa Gorman and Derby Taft from the suburbs of New Jersey came to the New York Botanical Garden, which is hosting a large scale of 20 Chihuly installations
"I just like the color and shape of it," said Golman, standing at the end of a lily pond with colored polycarbonate plates reflected in it.
Glass dome of Enid.
The Harvard Academy of Music is in the back.
"The way they set it up, you can't take a bad picture," Taffet said.
Like I was shooting for a magazine.
"Chihuly seems ready to walk into the pages with his angel-like face, curly hair and eye mask (
Results of car accident on 1976).
He was 75 years old and gave up blowing his own glass a few years ago, but served as the head of a creative team including glass blowers, installation experts and lighting designers, the boathouse studio in Seattle.
Chihuly follows the theme on his work and stage.
The New York program called Chihuly lasted until October.
29, the latest in some of his exhibitions in the botanical garden since 2001.
But from the scope of the investigation
Gallery displays including early professional paintings and art glass
It has a sense of tracing the artist's career trajectory.
The botanical garden covers an area of 250 acres in the Bronx.
Most of these sculptures are seen elsewhere.
The exhibition produced four pieces, some of which were "Koda" studies, including polycarbonate panels set up in the reflection pool.
They reproduced his 1975 exhibition board at Artpark, the Northern Art Center in New York, apparently without foreshadowing his later work.
Koda's works are flat and matte colors are soft, compared to multi-dimensional works of biological form, such as the "Marine form" series of the 1980 s, and what he called the Persian for the next decade.
The former is bright and transparent and consists of sea urchin shells, clam shells and jellyfish.
"Persian" is a cup-shaped disk with a similar wave edge and stripe pattern but brighter and more opaque.
His "Chandelier" sculpture is his signature shape, made up of hundreds of individually blown horns, spiral and other shapes he calls feathers, thorns, and goose necks.
The garden visitor center displays three chandeliers ".
Main work at the entrance to the greenhouse, decorated with "Chandelier" but free
Standing there was an explosion of lemon yellow and lemon green blowing glass
1,248 corner and Curry, 14 feet wide, called "Sol del Xiang ron.
Elsewhere, the "red Reed on the log" consists of 150 red slender glass tubes, extending 12 feet from the skeleton of the log.
The absolute length of the tube is the reaction force of the glass blower.
One of the most interestingand different —
Installation is 35-foot-
"Neon 206", long sculpture of neon tube.
Todd Forrest, vice president of garden and life collections at the Botanical Garden, said: "There are some more biological forms related to the organic beauty of the gardener.
"They are digging into the same genes so that we all like the garden," he said . ".
Another aspect of the show is that even the most reluctant Chihuly fan might find something he likes.
Thirty years later, the "sea shape" still has amazing colors, patterns and deformation.
More than 50 in the atrium of Beaux
Art Library building
In the warm room, the work is small and integrated into the carefully selected planting.
The glass of the greenhouse was painted in the summer, giving a bright but diffuse interior space to decorate the sculpture.
Gregory Long, president and president of the garden, likes the relatively dignified "garden Fiori", "installed 129 forms of grass and Reed, these grasses and reeds are integrated into the beds of silver, gray, blue and yellow harmonious plant flowers and leaves.
He said tourists "cannot tell the difference between plants and glass ".
Other sculptures are more difficult to be liked.
Outside, in the greenhouse courtyard, the "Scarlet red and yellow ice column Tower" is more than 30 feet high and consists of 1, 886 elements.
Although impressive, it seems embarrassing to be tied to the Conservatory of Music.
You can perceive craft, but you can't perceive art.
In the gallery of another Conservatory of Music, visitors found a series of elevated crinkly bowls called "Macchia" by Chihuly.
"Macchia forest" consists of nine pieces hanging above the viewing pond.
From the perspective of glass hair dryers, these sculptures are masterpieces
Use innovative technology to layer without allowing multiple colors to bleed together.
But on the day I was there, they were competing with two old vines in full bloom.
One of them is the Mysore bell vine, whose pendant is a red and yellow flower.
The other is the jade vine, which is covered with flowers, reminiscent of a long banana string, but presents an unusually bright turquoise color.
I can't help but think that art can be close to nature, but not beyond it.
There is also the ultimate glass sculpture of the garden itself, the magnificent 1902 dome greenhouse built by burn & Burnham and its 11 interconnected greenhouses.
Is Dale kihuli or any glass artist capable of gold plating this Lily?
The answer seems to be yes.
When Chihuly held an exhibition in the Botanical Garden in 2006, it was so successful that the garden decided to hold other exhibitions beyond its strict mission in horticulture and plant science.
These include the works of poet Emily Dickinson, sculptor Henry Moore and artist Frida Carlo.
"The exhibition in 2006 was a turning point and we learned the lesson that if we had something that wasn't necessarily related to gardening and highlighted the landscape, it was a way to attract different types of visitors, karen Daubmann, vice president of the exhibition, said.
Since Chihuly for the first time, there have been more than 70 performances.
"Everyone asked, when will Chihuly be back?
Tim Penman, a sports editor who lives in East Harlem, joined his mother on the original show and came back for the new one.
He stood in front of "Sol del Citroen" and said: "We are big fans of kihuli . ".
"I like the grandeur here;
It works very well in the garden.
"Penman is the kind of visitor the botanical garden wants the show to attract: young tourists and tourists outside the usual Garden crowd.
But Long did not see Chihuly or anyone else weakening the character of one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world.
"We are a plant museum and we have millions of plants under our care and we show them 365 days a year.
Sculptures come and go, "he said.
"We are not confused.
Chihuly has been in the New York Botanical Garden as of October. 29.
The main entrance to the garden is located at 2900 South Avenue. , the Bronx.
Open daily, 10a. m. to 6 p. m.
Rest on Monday.
$23, $28 weekend admission.
A series of evening events called Chihuly Nights are planned. Metro-
The North Railway provides services between the central station and the Botanical Garden station.