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Dale Chihuly at the Litvak Gallery, Tel Aviv

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 3, 2011

Chihuly, Garnet Persian Set

One of the most challenging things, I find, about photographing a gallery exhibit is coming up with photos that don’t look like the catalogue. The photo above is a view of a row of Chilhuly’s vases, across the hall, seen through one of the shells of the Garnet Persian Set, which was set up in a small dark room.

The photo below shows the whole installation. Because the room was so small, I took three photos and stitched them together.

Dale Chihuly, Garnet Persian Set

It was tricky to photograph in that setting but very beautiful.

Chihuly, Garnet Persian Set

The Kaleidescope Persian window installation was also very difficult because the gallery was fairly dark. Incidentally, because this was a gallery, not a museum, the pieces have price tags. This installation can be yours … for 6,185,600 NIS (a little over $1,781,000 US)! That works out to just over 100,000 NIS per plate.

Chihuly, Kaleidoscope Persian Window

Dale Chihuly, Litvak Gallery

Some of the pieces were outdoor installations — very difficult to photograph because the balcony was small and in the shadow of the building. I did a hand-held HDR shot of the blue icicle tree. It’s followed by a single photo to give you a better idea of what it looked like without HDR.

Chihuly, Blue Icicle Tree, HDR

Chihuly, Blue Icicle Tree

Dale Chihuly, Vases

Dale Chihuly, Lapis & Gold Chandelier

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly, Drawings

Chihuly, Reflection of Kaleidescope Window

Dale Chihuly

More photos from the exhibit are in my Flickr set.

Admission is 48 NIS, includes audio guide in English or Hebrew. Litvak Gallery, Museum Tower, 4 Berkovitz Street, Tel Aviv, is near the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, about 15 minutes walk from Arlozoroff Station. Exhibit on view through April 20, 2011. Gallery hours: Mon-Thur 10:00-21:00; Fri 09:00-14:00; Sat 17:00-21:30; Sun closed. Photography permitted.

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4 Responses to “Dale Chihuly at the Litvak Gallery, Tel Aviv”

  1. Brodie said

    Thanks for the pics! I had the privilege of seeing a Chihuly installation in the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA from where my husband and I made aliyah. I loved his work then, and based on your pics am motivated to try and get to TA to see these pieces. Thanks!

    • Avital Pinnick said

      Great! It will probably be packed during Pesach, so if you plan to go that week you should book tickets in advance. Enjoy!

  2. pam said

    I live less than two hours from Chihule exhibits in the Museum of glass and I have never been. Shame on me.

    Your images of the installation are breathtaking. We attended the installation at the museum in Portland and as a photographer having experienced the difficulties you were faced with i can say this – YOU have done an excellent job of capturing the otherworldly beauty of a Dale Chihule installation.

    I totally love the last image – the white piece. I bet it could be mine for a healthy chunk of my retirement egg!

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