Is it unfair to describe the majority of Dale Chihuly’s glass-based work as tasteless?

It certainly feels like inviting trouble. Taste, after all, is a social concept more than an aesthetic one, and is beside the point when judging serious art…

And yet, the two concepts — art and taste — can never be completely separated. And if taste is primarily a function of social life, the truth is that Chihuly has for a long time now been a social sort of an artist.


Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe