Last week Paul, mom, and I went to the Chihuly exhibit at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. We've seen his work before and were excited to see this exhibit featuring almost 20 separate installations.
For anyone who hasn’t seen them Chihuly makes sculptures of glass, in incredibly bright, vivid colours. In fact, his work almost seems like an explosion of shapes and colours.
Some of the reviews were rather snooty - frowning on the exhibit of glass sculptures being housed in Canada's most respected and revered museum. Others suggesting that glass making is a craft not an art and therefore not worthy of display. A few reviewers have criticized the work because of the 'studio approach' used by Chihuly (apparently forgetting that all of the great artists of the renaissance utilized a similar approach).
At the end of the day, the collection is a beautiful explosion of bright, vivid installations. I was struck by the reaction of the people in attendance - pure amazement.
Chihuly will be on display at the ROM through Jan. 2, 2017.