Chihuly makes high-end decorative art. For most people, "art" is precisely that: ribbon candy on a pedestal. The general public generally likes Chihuly's art. "You don't need an art degree to appreciate it". So true. In fact, your appreciation of Chihuly will likely diminish the higher your education. That's why the FAC is going to show him as often as their budget & good taste will allow. Despite what Blake Milteer says, there's nothing to be found beneath the surface of Chihuly's art. Or, there's as much to be found beneath the surface of Chihuly's art as can be detected beneath the surface of any object - particularly those to be found on the shelves of any high-end retailer's kitschen & dining department. Every artist knows that a Chihuly show is naked pandering to an indifferent public & Milteer knows that a Chihuly show will generate much needed revenue for the FAC. Never-the-less, once the tourists leave town & Chihuly is sent back to the FAC basement, I predict that the FAC & its utterly middlebrow board of directors will make good with the regional art community by exhibiting a couple of serious-yet-well-crafted-yet-cheap art shows.
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