Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dale Chihuly exhibit--Nov 20-Jan 30

If you missed the most recent Chihuly exhibit, you now have the opportunity to catch it again! From November 20-January 30 the Duane Reed Gallery (4729 McPherson Ave., 63108) will be hosting a Chihuly exhibit showcasing his phenomenal glass sculptures. Admission to the gallery is free.

Chihuly’s distinctive glass sculpture is represented by over 180 international museums including the Louvre, MOMA, the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His recent exhibition at the Kew Botanical Garden in London drew in 950,000 visitors. Chihuly’s popularity also has a special art historical resonance. His work owes much to the grand tradition of Renaissance era Venetian glass, yet his work squarely sits in the modern avant-garde. Critic Donald Kuspit commented that Chihuly, with an intention to transform and deepen consciousness, was able to 'find transcendence in the medium itself. He mythologizes glass into the ideal medium of expression'. In this visionary leap Chihuly’s rare ability to conceive of sculptural glass on a monumental scale revolutionized the medium.

For more information contact the Duane Reed Gallery at 314-361-4100.

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