Saturday, January 03, 2009
Amazing Art at RISD
My daughters invited me to visit the Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with them this afternoon. We saw a special exhibit of the glass art of Dale Chihuly. Somehow I had never heard of Chihuly, but he does astounding things with glass. Photos can't do justice to the colors and sensual shapes of his sculptures, some of which are huge and contain hundreds of elements. Simply beautiful "optics." Check his web site for samples of his work and information on other exhibits (the RISD one closes tomorrow).
The other special exhibit we saw at RISD was "Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay." David Macaulay is perhaps best known for The Way Things Work (1988, updated as The New Way Things Work in 1998). I first discovered him when my first daughter was a young child and I bought several of his "building" books ostensibly for her (Cathedral, Castle, Pyramid). His books and art are wonderful in explaining the intricate details of how things are built and how things work. It was cool to see many of his original illustrations and to learn about some of his more recent and different works. Like Chihuly, Macaulay is a RISD graduate and former professor. This exhibit continues until February 1, 2009.