Next Generation of Voters

This image is from the March for Our Lives, to end gun violence, when young people organized across the country, calling  attention to their concerns about gun violence and their future. This event was in March, 2018 at the State Capitol in Olympia, Washington.

 

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Seattle Art Museum – Olympic Sculpture Park

I’d been wanting to visit the sculpture park again for some time, to see new additions to the collection and to revisit works by three of my favorite artists, Serra, Calder, and DiSuvero. I went on a brisk, overcast day just before the new year.

I was reflecting on the first time I saw Richard Serra’s Wake, 2004, just after it was installed. It is first seen from a long distance, from above, and as you approach the work it grows and grows; by the time you reach it, you are immersed within it.

Seattle is fortunate to have a classic Alexander Calder, from 1971, Eagle. It is a sculpture worthy of repeated visits, to see how it captures northwest light in the different seasons and times of day.

It was exciting to see Mark di Suvero’s, Schubert Sonata, 1992, with Eliot Bay as a backdrop. As with all of DiSuvero’s signature work, it is like a drawing in steel, and I look forward to spending more time with it during upcoming visits.

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Seattle Art Museum – Flesh and Blood

Seattle Art Museum – Flesh and Blood

 

Currently on view at the Seattle Art Museum is a beautiful exhibition of Rennaisance & Baroque painting and sculpture from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples, showing through January 26, 2020. I’m including some phone images to whet your appetite. If you live in the area and haven’t had a chance to see it yet, or if you’ll be in Seattle soon, it is a great opportunity to see some beautiful art that isn’t often on view in the Pacific northwest. The exhibition includes works by Titian, Raphael, Gentileschi, de Ribera, Reni, Cavallino, and others. Visit the website for the exhibition here Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples.

 

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NYC – 2019

NYC – 2019

When I was in NYC recently, I saw a lot of great shows, including the Whitney Biennial, which I was able to visit a couple times in the final days it was on view.

Many of the 75 artists in the Biennial were new to me; among those whose work I was already familiar with, I was especially looking forward to seeing Jeffrey Gibson’s and Nicholas Galanin’s work. I saw an in-depth survey of Gibson’s work in Like A Hammer last winter at Seattle Art Museum, which I wrote about here. As for Galanin, I first became aware of his work in a show curated by Lara Evans some ten+ years ago. Among the many powerful works in the exhibition I thought his tapestry, White Noise, American Prayer Rug, worked extremely well on many levels. For a good review of the Biennial see Zachary Small’s review at Hyperallergic. Continue reading →

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