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JUN 3, 2009


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'Over Julia's Dead Body'

Why: Gabriel von Max had a thing for dead and almost-dead women. The centerpiece of this dark-walled, tomblike solo show is The Christian Martyr from 1867, a sexually charged portrait of a crucified woman in the Frye's collection. Here it's accompanied by a pair of headphones, in which Seattle writer Lesley Hazleton, with her majestically gravelly voice, speaks as the martyr herself, as if she's standing right behind you. One minute her tale is sexy, and the next she's describing what it's like to be crucified, how her hair was torn out, how her lungs collapsed. You'll never see this painting again without feeling this salty woman next to you. (Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250. 10 am–5 pm, free.)

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