SARASOTA, Fla. — Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is presenting Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature as the 2023 installment of its Jean & Alfred Goldstein exhibition series. The show — an elaborate living art display integrating horticulture and art installed throughout the gardens — showcases the creativity and innovation of the American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). It will continue through June 25.
Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature marks the seventh edition of Selby Gardens’ annual Goldstein exhibition, which examines the work of major artists through the lens of their connections to the natural world.
Led by Selby Gardens Chief Museum Curator Dr. David Berry in collaboration with the gardens’ horticulture team, the presentation features an array of Tiffany’s acclaimed stained‐glass windows and lamps and immersive horticultural displays. Original horticulture installations are located in the gardens’ world‐famous Tropical Conservatory and throughout the grounds of its 15‐acre downtown Sarasota campus.
More than 1,000 colorful bromeliads form floral mosaics that call to mind stained glass in the landscape, and blooming butterfly plants enhance the outdoor vignettes.
Inside the Tropical Conservatory, vibrant orchids, gesneriads, bromeliads, and begonias enliven stunning displays inspired by Tiffany’s aesthetic. The kaleidoscopic horticultural installations spotlight Tiffany Studios’ output influenced by nature — from daffodils and wisteria to dragonflies and lilyponds.
Outstanding examples of Tiffany’s work in various media will be on view in Selby Gardens’ Museum of Botany & the Arts. Generously lent from a private collection, this remarkable group of more than 40 lamps, vases and other objects tell the story of Tiffany and his studio, which revolutionized glassmaking and elevated the status of American decorative arts at home and abroad.