Chihuly: Form From Fire
Chihuly's originality lies in his refusal to believe that there are fixed rules that must be adhered to, " wrote the late Henry Geldzahler, former curator of contemporary art of New York's Metropolitan Museum, in his essay for "Chihuly: Form From Fire," published by the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, in association with the University of Washington Press. Accompanying the artist's traveling retrospective, the 144-page book documents 10 of Chihuly's rule-breaking series from the Baskets, begun in the late 1970s, through the Pilchuck Stumps of 1992. Painter and art critic Walter Darby Bannard introduces the volume, which is more inclusive than a typical exhibition catalog, with a personal response to Chihuly and his glass. Seventy-five full-color reproductions and commentary on the individual series by the artist and noted authorities provide a visual and verbal overview of the artist's career. With listings of selected museum and public collections and permanent installations as well as an extensive bibliography, "Chihuly: Form From Fire" offers a definitive look at "Chihuly As of 1993, " as Geldzahler titled his provocative essay in which he asserts that Chihuly "does go over the top at times.