Mar 26, 2013 #GOERS commented on You Know You Don't Have to Pay to Get into Seattle Art Museum or the Henry Art Gallery, Right?.
It might also be worth mentioning that becoming a member of both the Henry and SAM are very inexpensive and they allow anyone to claim 'artist' status for a reasonable discount. At $60, SAM pays for itself after 3 trips to the special exhibit, and the Henry is only $40, 4 easy trips and it is paid in full.
Jan 12, 2013 #GOERS commented on No Respect.
I was most impressed with the birch boards in the foyer created by local artists in homage to the exhibit. The fantastic trompe l'oeil 'painted by Bill', and the boards from the exotic locals of Fremont and Ballard. These really were a treat in a fantastic, anjd wonderfully strange, exhibit!
Nov 19, 2012 #GOERS commented on 216 Nipples Later.
It was great to see this piece in person thanks to Sierra Stinson and Vignettes. After having a look at the actual piece and speaking with many people including the artist, I arranged to purchase a print for myself.
I truly believe that Ben has made a strong work of art here. Whether you have an opinion on it's technical merits, agenda, or even the larger social context in which it speaks to, I hope you realize that it is above all a work of art and a successful one at that.
It is successful in one sense, it is what the artist intended to create, and it has something to say. Ben made many choices when creating Mamelles. He made a choice to include 108 artists, he made the choice to use their full names, and he made the choice to draw the print entirely by hand. He even made a series of choices on the way in which the print was produced. In some aspects there are things that were an outcome of other choices made by Beres, but what is on the paper is entirely intentional. What you choose to see in it is up to you. I can certainly say that this is an important piece of work. Too bad the edition is limited to 20 as any collector of relevant art in Seattle should have one in their collection.
On a side note, SAM could use a print as a guide to the next 108 works that they should acquire for their permanent collection.
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Nov 19, 2012 #GOERS commented on 216 Nipples Later.
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Nov 12, 2012 #GOERS commented on Western Bridge Melts into the Air.
An excellent and thoughtful article. Thank you Jen!