Chihuly Seaforms

Chihuly Seaforms

Book - 1995
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Artforum art critic Joan Seeman Robinson discusses Chihuly's most exquisite and ethereal series, invoking the spontaneous automatic drawings of the Surrealists, the water lilies of Claude Monet, the action painting of Jackson Pollock, and, most cogently, Henri Matisse's Swimming Pool. Oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle, former Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, finds in Chihuly's evocative 'Seaforms' not only 'reflections of skill, passion, teamwork and sheer genius' but also 'tributes' to the sea. Together these writers help to illuminate what many consider Chihuly's quintessential series, which was begun in 1980. The saturated colour of the 40 full-colour pages, including many double-page spreads, conveys the sensuousness of Chihuly's work.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Portland Press, c1995
ISBN: 9780960838257
0960838252
Branch Call Number: Arts 748.092 Chi
Alternative Title: Seaforms

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Mar 10, 2012

Many NW children are familiar with Chihuly's name and with his glass art. My copy of this book is well-worn; it's a great size for children's hands, and they love both the photographs of Chihuly's seaform vessels and the large reproductions of Chihuly's sketches for the forms. Many of my students are encouraged by this book to draw their own sketches of his glass pieces--the spherical and draped shapes in the glass are excellent practice for any draughtsman-in-training. I also love for the students to see artists at work in their studios, and this book includes a lively color spread of Chihuly working on a painting/sketch in his studio with a wall of other pieces visible in the background

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