Dale Chihuly @ Halcyon Gallery

Among various Mayfair shop windows is a display of stunning colours and impeccably shaped glass. This glasswork belongs to Dale Chihuly, an american best known for his spectacular chandelier in the V&A entrance hall.

2012 marks fifty years of the international studio glass movement, of which Chihuly was a prominent and founding member. The exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery shows hand blown, studio glassblowing at its best. Across three floors, work from the 1990s until the present day are shown across the gallery. Notable works include the 24 foot long Mille Fiori, a garden of glass, to give the idea of a thousand flowers, so vibrant are the colours that it can be hard to believe that the structures have been formed out of glass. Also on prominent display among the glass sculptures is a 2 story gold and quartz chandelier which glitters on all levels. Additionally, drawings and paintings from the artist, portraying immense expression and movement are also on display and only enhance the glassworks.

This exhibition is beautiful and exciting. The different media to your conventional exhibition means that it is memorable, and rightly so, it is well worth a visit on the trendy New Bond Street.

Dale Chihuly’s work is on display at the Halcyon Gallery until February 29

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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