A lecture from the artist, as well as a screening of his documentary, Golden Sea. Free.
This University of Puget Sound professor promises to talk about late Japanese artist Teng Baiye, finger painting, and "New Norms in Modern Art." He's, like, THE go-to scholar for this subject, so this evening is an essential companion piece to the Mark Tobey and Teng Baiye: Seattle/Shanghai show currently on view. Free.
Ann Gardner: Silvery, gold, and bronze-colored sculpture or patterned prints on paper. The artists' commissioned public works can be seen across the country, and here in Seattle. Danza del Cerchio, for instance, is a large-scale mosaic mural installed at Pier 66. Free.
Jessica Craig-Martin: Craig-Martin's high-contrast photos are the savage leavings of society parties, cropped with morning-after cruelty. This photographer does gossip-page work for Vanity Fair and Vogue, as well as atmospheric, journalistic stuff, but her museum and gallery shows (this is her first at Winston Wächter) are closer to satire. The titles are bitingly funny, the pictures joyfully complicit. Every lush, patterned, vivid, glossy inch of her crowded party prints is as indulgently rende... more » Free.
Big Feeling Ahead: Photomedia BFA Show: Degree-worthy photo-art. Show includes photography, as well as video installation pieces. Free.
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.
Block by Block: Inventing Amazing Architecture: Lego versions of real buildings like the Space Needle. $15-$20.
James Minden, Carolyn Cole: Married abstract artists! Cute! Free.
Optic Nerve: The Art of Perception: Op art takes advantage of the short circuits in the brain to make still images shiver and dance. A group show. $10.
"There will be wearable art. There will be choreographed movement," explains Paul Kunihølm Pauper in his press release, "We are invited, and though invited, the hosts have no idea what we will do. But they needn't worry. We only wish to share beauty, peace and joy." Free.
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.
Dr. Knafo, a psychoanalyst, gives a lecture on the importance of solitude to human creativity. Free.
A solo show from Allan Winkler, a man who can claim among his creations "sconces and lamps and finger puppets." Free.
Here: Troy Gua and Kellie Talbot present works that focus on American migration. Neon signs, billboards, and other ubiquitous symbols of American wanderlust become the subjects of hyperreal paintings from Talbot. Gua's work, never far from pop-culture influences, focuses on "images of Hollywood perfection." 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.