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  • Dale Chihuly

    Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

    This exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s work foregrounded the dialogue between classical container and organic exuberance that characterizes his work. Ikebana, 1992, is a series of elegantly somber gray vases with subtle contours, tautened by the formal restraint and reverence for tradition fundamental to oriental ceramics, however teased by Chihuly’s tendrils of glass winding around and down from their mouths. In the “Venetians,” 1989–92, the shoulders and bellies of the vases suggest full-blown fertility figures, which sprout incorrigible fronds of lilies and wildly coiling vines in a chorus of

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