Seattle Art Museum

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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Flesh and Blood – Seattle Art Museum

Flesh and Blood – Seattle Art Museum

 

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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Jeffrey Gibson – Like A Hammer

We were in Seattle recently, on one of those rare March days when many people were outside, enjoying unusually warm sunny days with the arrival of spring, having left their jackets and sweaters home. As such, many indoor activities were calm and quiet. It was a perfect afternoon to venture indoors, no ticket lines, no crowds, just the right amount of space amongst an appreciative art audience. Regular visitors to this blog know that I occasionally write about some of the exhibitions that I see, though not all, especially if it’s too near the closing date. If you visit my IG account you’ll see occasional posts from some of those exhibitions. Continue reading →

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Graphic Masters Seattle Art Museum

Graphic Masters Seattle Art Museum

There were several good, ambitious exhibitions in Seattle this summer, timed to coincide with the second annual Art Fair. To get a sense of what is going on in the Pacific Northwest and learn about those ambitious undertakings follow these links: Art Fair and Out of Sight v.2 at the King Street Station and Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art COCA – now relocated to their new space. UW’s Henry Gallery, presented Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures, a captivating exhibition featuring her sculpture, installation, and videos that were exciting to see in the Pacific NW.

Rembrandt

Rembrandt, installation view Graphic Masters, Seattle Art Museum

Last June I referred to the now closed exhibition of Graphic Masters at Seattle Art Museum and other printmaking shows Continue reading →

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Printmaking

Printmaking

11, rue Foyatier

Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut at 11, rue Foyatier

In conjunction with the exhibitions of my previous post, Munch in Tacoma, and the Graphic Masters at the Seattle Art Museum, I thought it would be interesting to provide you links to some of my writings and earlier posts about printmaking, especially in Paris.

The image above was shot from the Funiculaire de Montmartre and shows the exterior of  Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut where Picasso made many of his important etchings.

Printmaking in Paris – Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut, Paris – Metro and Primary X²

Du Regard à la Vision

 

 

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