Dale Chihuly - Design New York Thursday, June 14, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Judy Freeman Gallery, New York, 1971

  • Exhibited

    ‘Chihuly & Herman, GLASS: HANDLE WITH CARE’, Judy Freeman Gallery, New York, June 4-July 1, 1971

  • Literature

    Dido Smith, Craft Horizons, October 1971, p. 52 for a review of the exhibition
    Dale Chihuly and Linda Norden, Chihuly: Glass, Seattle, 1982, p. 70 for an early neon installation

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is one of nine early neon sculptures hand blown by Dale Chihuly and exhibited during the summer of 1971 at Judy Freeman Gallery, New York. Reviewing the exhibition in Craft Horizons, Dido Smith wrote: “Dale Chihuly’s glass is all fluent form and pulsing lines of light—bulbous monochrome transparencies searching space with tenuous antennae that twist and coil in neon ecstasy,” a review as purple and exuberant as the works on view.

    In 1967, while both were students at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Ms. Freeman enlisted Chihuly’s help producing glass architectural models. After moving to New York to practice architecture, Ms. Freeman opened a gallery, where she exhibited works “created in craft modalities”.

    "Dripping molten glass out of the furnace and blowing organic forms and putting them in environments, lighting them in special ways. It was one of the most creative times of my life." (Dale Chihuly on his neon installations)



Early neon sculpture

ca. 1969
Hand-blown colored glass, neon, electrical components.
13 x 36 x 21 in (33 x 91.4 x 53.3 cm)

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $22,500


15 June 2012
New York