Monday, November 06, 2006
I remember the first time I saw Dale Chihuly's work. It was a full-color spread in a Chicago newspaper, announcing the opening of his 2001 exhibit in Garfield Park. It took my breath away. I'd never seen anything like it.
Chihuly does with glass what Stevie Ray Vaughn did with a guitar. "Virtuoso" is the word that comes to mind. Descriptive, accurate, it will do for the artist--but does nothing to convey the art itself. For that, only experience will do.
I never did see the Garfield Park exhibit: a job offer took me waaay out of town (upper peninsula of Michigan) before I had a chance. And if you're in New York, you've just missed his exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden.
I'll also never get to hear Stevie Ray play live. But at some point Chahuly has got to exhibit in Toledo, Ohio. He's got to.