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Graphic Masters

Dürer, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Goya, Picasso, R. Crumb

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Seattle Art Museum Downtown
Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 28 2016


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This is your last week to be spellbound. You will enter Seattle Art Museum and go up to the fourth floor. There, you will meet the 18th-century Spanish conjurer Francisco de Goya in the form of an entire early set of his print series Los caprichos, in which unspeakable things happen beautifully in every panel. The problem with Los caprichos, those scenes of Inquisition-era iniquity and horror, is that they are so goddamn good. You fall into them as into love. Nobody is immune. And Los caprichos is the heart of Graphic Masters, the summer exhibition at Seattle Art Museum that's about to close. It also includes a few prints (that leave you wanting so, so many more) by the lascivious 18th-century Englishman William Hogarth; an entire illustrated Book of Genesis by alt-comics hero R. Crumb (don't miss the lists of kings and the begats!); an inordinate quantity of marvelous draped fabric by the mighty 15th century artist Albrecht Dürer; a handful of close, shadowy Rembrandts; and entirely too many Picassos, including nearly an entire room of orgiastic yuck. (Picasso is still so desperately in need of an editor. Position open.) A few blocks south of SAM, at Davidson Galleries, this is also the last week to see Goya. His Disasters of War are on view there. Pick up a microscope at the entrance. You'll want to get close to these crawling lines on paper before they retire again to hibernate in storage. JEN GRAVES

Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Fri–Sun, 10 am–5 pm

Venue Hours
  • Fri–Sun, 10 am–5 pm
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This event is in the past.
  • Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 28 2016