Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object

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'Lumiere Blue Chandelier' (detail), 2013 © Dale Chihuly

 (Terry Rishel)
Terry Rishel

'Persian Ceiling', 1999 © Dale Chihuly

 (Scott Mitchell Leen)
Scott Mitchell Leen

'Striped Periwinkle Fiori', 2013 © Dale Chihuly


'Sapphire Neon Tumbleweeds', 2013 © Dale Chihuly


'Cerulean Cobalt Chandelier' (detail), 2013 © Dale Chihuly

Even people familiar with Chihuly's work (such as his grand chandelier at the V&A) might find this exhibition of his flamboyant glassworks eye-opening. You'll enter under a dramatic lit work called the Persian Pergola Ceiling, before seeing more chandeliers - several of them suspended over floor installations - and, for the first time in the UK, a selection of Chihuly's neon works. The exhibition follows close on the heels of a new Chihuly commission: his 1,400-piece Amber and Gold Chandelier was unveiled in the Grand Hall at Harrods on Feb 5 2014.


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This is a stunning exhibition and shows glasswork at its best. Its a nice retreat from busy Regent Street to soak up some art while in central London, and is a truly beautiful exhibition definitely worth visiting.

Dale Chihuly is best known in London for his epic chandelier in the lobby of the V&A. Working almost exclusively in glass, Chihuly is the go-to guy for fancy lighting – Harrods and Claridge’s have both installed one of his gravity-defying pieces.

The American artist’s work is, undoubtedly, an aesthetic and technical wonder. He has continued to push the boundaries of glass art over his 40+ year career. Featuring fluid, organic shapes and riotous, vibrant colour, his work evokes unclassified flora and fauna, from the seabed to the rainforest to worlds quite distant from our own.

Seeing one of Chihuly’s pieces in isolation, particularly something like the V&A chandelier, is very impressive. Much like the visual assault of the Vatican, though, the abundance of treasure at the Halcyon Gallery somehow takes the shine off. Seeing all the work side-by-side in the gallery space makes it seem a bit pedestrian.

This is Chihuly’s second show at Halcyon; the first was in 2011, the inaugural exhibition in their magnificent location. Much of the content seems to have been ‘recycled’ from the last show. This time around, the gallery is displaying price stickers (£32,000 for a vase, to £180,000 for a chandelier, in case you were wondering). Judging by the absence of little green dots, it doesn’t seem to be going so well. 

If you’ve haven’t seen Dale Chihuly’s work before, this is well worth a look. For those who have, it may be something of a disappointment.

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Won't get back to London to see this show - but I did see his show in Montreal this past Summer. Spell binding, Stunning. Breathtaking. Awesome. Magical. Beautiful. Fluid. And completely repeatable in multiple visits. Go see this show.

The simple elegance of Chihuly's work blends so well with the glamorous facades of New Bond Street that one could almost mistake this exhibition for a designer window display (Yves Saint Laurent, perhaps?) while passing. Even once inside the Halcyon - adorned with stunning chandeliers and smaller, beautifully crafted "seaforms" and "Persians" - it is easy to feel on a shopping spree due to the simple "I want that one" sentiment inspired by the aesthetic harmony of these works, but with prices starting at several thousands, browsing must suffice. Striking, dream-like and cohesive, Chihuly's sculptures combine boldness of colour with translucent softness. Particularly pleasing is the array of "Macchia" - mottled, bowl-like structures whose internal illumination casts rainbow shadows upon the gallery walls. The exhibition title "Beyond The Object" comes from Chihuly's self-proclaimed attention "not to the object istelf, but to how the object would look in a room", and despite the commercial success of this Washington artist (whose creations currently feature in over 200 collections worldwide), each piece could be most easily imagined as the centrepiece of an uber-chic Mayfair living room. This "homely" sophistication that is so integral to Chihuly's work may very well derive from the fact that it is entirely and impressively hand-made. While paintings also feature, these do not conjure the same magic as the awe-inspiring glassworks, which are undoubtedly Chihuly's strength. Wonderfully accessible whatever one's knowledge of art, "Beyond The Object" has a mesmerising effect on its visitors and will leave you feeling soothed (although most probably coveting some classy, glassy new living-room deco). In between upmarket Saturday retail therapy and lunch at Liberty, a stop by the Halcyon this Spring is not to be missed.

This artist's works are so beautiful and interesting, that your mind instinctively creates quite unusual and unexpected associations. Definitively worth seeing! It's like a breath of fresh air!

Big fan of his work, saw his glasswork in Boston in 2011 and was blown away. This display does not disappoint, beautiful artwork!

I loved this installation and all the more because I realise that many are sold and will soon be in private collections; a great opportunity to view this ground breaking artist's work.