One of two $25,000 unrestricted awards given out by the foundation each year. All you need to do is "demonstrate commitment to and ongoing development of one’s artistic vision" and "demonstrate engagement with the world around them through their art practice, broadly understood." Then, bingo baby, ca$h money in the bank.
Agnes Martin: The New York-Taos Connection: This traveling exhibition of work by the influential pure-abstractionist covers the period between 1947 and 1957, a decade she spent in Taos between periods in New York.
9 from L.A.: This winter, it's LA in Seattle at the Wright Space. Virginia Wright, in conjunction with the Getty Conservation Institute, has brought together works from her collections, Seattle Art Museum, and loans that include works by postwar LA artists including Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin, John McCracken, Peter Alexander, and De Wain Valentine. Highlighted is Valentine's Gray Column, which is exactly what it claims to be: 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide of gray polyester resin. It's li... more » Free.
Laura Hamje, Anne Petty: The brushstrokes of both these painters evoke a similar texture. Wispy? Hamje, co-owner of Blindfold Gallery, is preoccupied with bridges and other girded structures. Petty favors human subjects, brightly lit, often facing away from the audience. (Whenever we've seen a Petty in recent months, it has made us stop. In a good way.) Free.
Meanderboard: Featuring video, photography, and drawing from local artist Allyce Wood and Danish artist Diana Lindbjerg. The title alludes to the Greek "meander" pattern (known for adorning the edge of many Greek restaurant menus), a point of reference for both artists. Free.
Ries Niemi, Sheila Klein: Niemi is a trickster and "industrial artist" whose functional metal art has been installed across the country as bus stops, fences, and the occasional large metal boot. His work in this show is softer, made of textiles. Klein also makes large installations, often with nylon. Free.
Thuy-Van Vu: Painted subjects appear precisely, surrounded by nothing but white space. She makes them very plain to see and very mysterious at the same time, representatives of worlds that have disappeared into fog. An open book in a glass case, remnants of a house, a dresser. The latest are all based on visits to museums, where dislocation is the name of the game. In some way, the Seattle artist’s work feels like it is always about the project of things (and maybe people, too) finding a home. Free.
Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking the Contemporary Craft Field: Sixty examples of ceramics, wood, fiber. A little scary sheep; a weird woven thing that definitely isn't a basket but isn't quite anything else; a cactus that may have been made out of old shirts; a human-shaped, human-sized thing that may have been made from blue stripy socks. You know, crafts! Works from both emerging and established artists. $10.
Joe Nix: The Seattle artist known for his spray-paint murals. This new collection of work is a series of realistic paintings in oils depicting the "intricate pipework and abandoned machinery inside one of Seattle most iconic locations." Can you guess which? Time's up: It's Gasworks Park. Free.
Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders: In the 1960s, American photographers and filmmakers like Diane Arbus, Larry Clark, and Danny Lyon turned toward the strange and the countercultural, producing pictures of what everybody else was wondering about. Lyons's series of black-and-white shots of bikers is a classic, and the Henry has just acquired a cache of them. The characters are charismatic and lost, frightening and lovable, and at least a little part of you wishes you were every one of them. $10 suggested.
Katinka Bock: A and I: Katinka Bock is an up-and-coming European sculptor whose sculptures are quiet and subtle in appearance, but internally busy with activity, sort of like shy people. They're art that's in more than one place at a time. A puzzle of black, square ceramic tiles laid on the floor is a map of a school hallway in France, where Bock placed a layer of raw ceramic on the floor, put carpet over it, let everybody walk on it as usual for a while, and then cut the ceramic into squares an... more » $10 suggested.
It Is Always Now: The grand opening and inaugural show of the brand new Leary Gallery, featuring work from Evan Blackwell, Jamie Bollenbach, Linda Davidson, Mary Iverson, and about a dozen others. Free.
Machu Picchu After Dark: A tower of large speakers, about 12 feet high, by Peruvian-born artist William Cordova, commissioned by the museum to coincide with the Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon exhibition. $10 suggested.