Dale Chihuly’s approach to glassblowing—allowing glass to find its own form by using only breath, fire, and centrifugal force—may best be demonstrated in his exquisitely organic series Baskets. Intrigued by the relationship between form and color, Chihuly has further explored the series through intimate groupings of the malleable and misshapen forms. These contemplative studies, first exhibited in 1977 at the Seattle Art Museum, have since gone on to inform many of Chihuly’s iconic series.
The 2019 Mandarin Orange Basket Studio Edition embodies Chihuly’s visionary dialogue of form, color, and space. Vibrant orange elements combine to create a dynamic microcosm. Beginning at the top of each element, a saturation of deep orange gracefully transitions to transparency, juxtaposing the composition’s substance and ethereal quality. A teal green lip winds and wraps along its contours, further articulating its physicality.
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