The Poggianti-Schulman Wall exhibits all the key elements of Chihuly’s architectural Persian wall sculptures of the period 1988 to 1992: limit-defying scale, elastic form, vibrant concentric layers of color complimented with lip wraps, and integral lighting producing exaggerated colored shadows.
An Exceptional Persian Installation
The Poggianti-Schulman Wall
Chihuly developed his Persian series in the 1980s and it has since become one of the most evocative of his prodigious career. He describes Persian as “the most difficult series to describe,” as it began as an exploration of geometric forms, but, along the way, took on the organic, undulating shapes for which Chihuly is celebrated. The Persian series reached its mature point, after nearly a decade of experimentation, around the time when the present lot was created. Chihuly’s works are inspired by but do not directly quote nature’s forms, and instead push them to imaginative realms. The radiating lines and saturated colors in the Persian series recalls the repetition and density of decoration found in Persian miniatures and tiles, as well as the magnificent Safavid mosques of the 16th and 17th century; the accumulation of line, form and color combine to create transformational spaces. The end result of these explorations are distinctly Chihuly: the three rondels, massive in scale, nested and swelling, protrude from the wall and are lit from behind, casting an ethereal presence.
Commissioned in 1991, the Persian Installation from the Poggianti-Schulman Wall scales these stunning scenes into an intimate encounter with the artistry and ambition inherent in Chihuly’s work.
The Persian series is important in Chihuly’s body of work and has become a spectacular mainstay of his museum exhibitions (most similar to the present lot is the Venturi Window at the Seattle Art Museum, 1992). Commissioned in 1991, the Persian Installation from the Poggianti-Schulman Wall scales these stunning scenes into an intimate encounter with the artistry and ambition inherent in Chihuly’s work.