Bruce Helander lectures on his latest book, “Chihuly: An Artist Collects”
A book signing with Bruce Helander will take place after the lecture. Books available for sale.
Dale Chihuly is considered one of the most innovative and iconic figures in contemporary art. He’s been working with glass, ice and neon for more than fifty years, to increasing critical and popular acclaim. No stranger to Palm Beach, he has had numerous gallery exhibitions here including an acclaimed solo exhibition at the Norton Museum in 1998, as well as the museum’s permanent installation, Persian Sea Life Ceiling. His work is in over 200 museum collections, more than any living artist. Chihuly’s also an avid collector, and owns literally thousands of objects, from mid-century chairs and Native American baskets to dollhouse furniture and transistor radios. These items reflect the same playful, colorful aesthetic that can be seen in the artist’s work, so it was inevitable that a book would be published on his remarkable passion for collections of objects.
“Chihuly: An Artist Collects,” published by Harry Abrams, Inc., offers a rare look inside the mind of a dedicated collector and offers an insightful essay by the artist Bruce Helander, a life-long friend of Chihuly’s who examines the extensive and amazing utilitarian finds that catch Chihuly’s attention. In this illustrated lecture, Helander explores the remarkable “hunter and gatherer” aspects of Dale Chihuly, as well as the collections of other artists, such as Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.
—Bruce Helander is a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, a member of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, and a previous recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium’s grant for outstanding professional achievement.