Despite harsh criticism from the art world, Las Vegas hotshot Dale Chihuly is one of the most popular artists of our time. Famous for his colorful, shimmering glassworks, the artist has been dubbed "the Thomas Kinkade of sculpture" for his mass appeal.
Last week, the artist visited the Morean Arts Center's Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida for the opening of a temporary collection called "Sealife Stoppers." The exhibit is a collaboration between Chihuly and Italian artists trained in traditional Venician glassblowing. On view are a bevy of swimming dolphins and writhing sea urchins, all frozen in glass.
"[Chihuly] goes back and revisits earlier ideas and will again push the boundaries, go larger, try a different color palette, a different technique," Britt Cornett, head of exhibitions for Chihuly Studio in Seattle, told Tampa Bay Online.
"Sealife Stoppers" is on view at the Morean Arts Center's Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida until June 30, 2013.
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