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It’s a good year in Colorado for lovers of artist Dale Chihuly’s large-scale glass works, with two major exhibits opening along the Front Range for the summer. One, an outdoor exhibition of site-specific installations, opens in June at the Denver Botanic Gardens, sending up tendrils in and among the gardens themselves. But before that happens, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, known for its large permanent collection of Chihuly sculptures, is launching a companion show of its own: Chihuly Rediscovered, which features more than forty diverse pieces, from the artist’s signature chandeliers and nature-inspired forms to drawings and paintings, opens to the public today.
Chihuly, who was prevented by a 1979 injury from continuing to blow glass vessels himself, famously cultivated an Italian-style team approach at his Washington-state studio, giving him the freedom to stand back and visualize while others physically created new pieces. “Once I stepped back, I liked the view,” he noted in a 2006 interview. “I was more choreographer than dancer, more supervisor than participant, more director than actor.”
Chihuly Rediscovered runs through September 28 at CSFAC, 30 West Dale Street in Colorado Springs. Admission to the ticketed show ranges from $4 to $20; go to csfineartscenter.org or call 719-634-5581