BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM, 301 Bellevue Square, 425-454-3322.
1999 Pacific Northwest Annual -- This year's juror, Jon Tupper, director of the Walter Phillips Gallery and Associate Director of Creative Residencies in Media and Visual Arts at the Banff Centre for the Arts, made his selection from over 600 entries. It's a whopper with 136 works by 93 regional artists. Through Aug 22.
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART, 65 Cedar St, 728-1980.
Land/Use/Action -- A wide-ranging project of visual and performance work that encourages viewers to consider the relationship between people and land in both intellectual and experimental terms. The Center for Land Use Interpretation from Los Angeles shows the results of their investigations into Washington's ports, nuclear facilities, and industrial sites. Here and There features 10 local artists who have created site-specific work around Seattle. Marilyn Arsem, a Boston-based performance artist, has been commissioned to produce a site-specific work. Through July 31.
FRYE ART MUSEUM, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
Richard Buswell -- Photographic still lifes and landscapes depicting rustic Western relics, by a Montana doctor turned artist. Through Aug 1.
HENRY ART GALLERY, 15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280.
Hillary Leone and Jennifer Macdonald -- Collaborating for over 10 years, New York artists Leone and Macdonald have created works dealing with tough social and political issues including the AIDS pandemic, censorship and racial biases. The five installations and over 40 objects and 2D pieces chosen examine more than a decade of collaboration. The work is refined and delicate, incorporating mixed media with a wide variety of materials such as bronze, paper, silver, needlework and sand. Through Oct. 3.
Jennifer Steinkamp -- An installation entitled Phase= Time was created as the first commissioned new work in the series Future Forward, which features artists working with new technologies. Rhythmically pulsating light patterns flamesow across a scrim, creating a large-scale abstract environment for viewers to become engulfed and slightly nauseous in. Through Oct 3.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY, 2700 24th Ave E, 324-1126.
Phil Borges -- The Enduring Spirit is a collaborative project between Amnesty International and celebrated photographer Borges, featuring over 50 captivating images of people from indigenous cultures. This is not simple travel photography, but rather haunting, emotional portraits that are highly respectful of their stunning subjects. Through Aug 29.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, 100 University St, 654-3158.
Impressionism: Paintings Collected from European Museums -- SAM has co-organized an exhibition of over 60 paintings, the largest body of Impressionist work ever shown in the Northwest. Included are pieces by Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Vincent van Gogh. Through Aug 29.
Anselm Kiefer and Germanic Tradition -- Paintings, works on paper, and sculpture bring contemporary German works into focus. Kiefer, born at the end of WWII, balances visually powerful imagery with intellectual critical analysis in highly dramatic paintings. Works by Max Beckmann, Rosemarie Trockel, and others. Through Dec 5.
*Lucian Freud -- An exhibition of etchings from the PaineWebber collection, composed of 25 portrait heads and 17 nudes created in the 1980s, as well as early works from the 1940s. Freud, a British artist and grandson of the great psychoanalyst, is in his late 70s and has been recognized for decades for his dark, psychological figurative work. Through Aug 15.
*Roy McMakin -- In an installation dividing the gallery into the layout of a house -- bedroom, bathroom, living room, and dining room -- Seattle artist, furniture maker, and architect McMakin uses stacks upon stacks of generic store-bought household items, including refrigerators, toilets, tables, and mattresses. Each item stands in for others: a line of toilets becomes a couch, several refrigerators on their backs become a bed. This unconventional stuffing of a traditional living situation creates an environment of carefully calculated manic obsession. Through Oct 31.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM, 1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100.
Flights of Fancy -- Screens, scrolls, and lacquers pulled from the museum's collection in this exhibition about natural and supernatural imagery in Japanese art. Heads up for the flamesames of hell, dragons, cranes, horse-headed demons, and other fantastical visions, both evil and sublime. Through July 25.
Worlds of Fantasy: Chinese Shadow Puppets -- Volunteer Park hosts more than 70 puppets from the 19th century. The majority of the exhibited works come from the collection of Theodore Bodde, who purchased the extraordinary objects while in Beijing in the 1930s. Chinese textiles with related themes will accompany. Ongoing.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM, 1123 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-627-1898.
The Art Guys Again and Again -- Art hijinks at their best. The Art Guys, Jack Massing and Michael Galbreth from Houston, take everyday objects and make hysterical sculptures, installations, and often performance-based pieces. TAM has pieces made of American cheese, 99 bottles of beer, and 1950s suitcases. Don't be surprised if you see the pair sporting their Todd Oldham suits with embroidered advertising plugs for companies like Absolut vodka. Through July 25.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM, 407 Seventh Ave S, 623-5124.
A Different Battle -- An exhibit that explores the stories of Asian Pacific American (APA) veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Grenada Invasion, and the Persian Gulf War. The stories are conveyed through written text, audio, and video components that are divided into two sections -- how the military and combat shaped the lives of these veterans, and how it has affected the lives of individuals, families, and communities of future generations. Through April 9, 2000.
ARCHIGRAM -- The Henry scores the fun show of the summer by bringing in Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974, a touring retrospective organized by Thread Waxing Space in New York. Founded by a sextet of London artist/architects, Archigram did everything but build actual buildings, using drawings, models, collages, and installations to develop utopian ideas with a pop-art look. Their nomadic city of stilt-walking buildings is a dream worthy of the finest science fiction. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280. Opens Thurs July 22, through Oct 10.
2-D -- A group show of gallery artists including Shawn Ferris, Susan Robb, Seth Thompson and many more. LEAD Gallery, 1022 First, 623-6240. Through July 30.
DAVID ALLISON -- Paintings abstracted from views through a windshield. Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 1533 Ninth Ave, 622-7243.
*JANO ARGUE -- Viewing Argue's work is like visiting the creepiest carnival or seediest seaside resort ever imaginable. Working in a flamesesh-toned palette, Argue's truly unique narrative is presented with strong brushwork and a remarkable figurative sensitivity. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315. Through July 31.
BASEBALL -- A group exhibit with photography and works in mixed media in honor of the great American pastime. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson, Suite 200, 587-4033. Through Aug 21.
RICK BORG -- This self-taught artist creates two-sided paintings on wood depicting fantastical scenes like men riding alligators. The works are finished off with frames made of broom and mop handles. Garde Rail Gallery, 312 First Ave S #5, 623-3004. Through July 31.
CHANDELIERS OVER MADRONA -- A 20-foot chandelier of musical instruments by sound sculptor Trimpin pokes (gentle) fun at Seattle's favorite art megalomaniac, Dale Chihuly. Madrona Automatic, 1435 34th Ave, 329-7869. Through Aug 1.
*CRAIG COLEMAN/JESSE PAUL MILLER -- Coleman's interactive installation allows viewers to choose imagery that is projected onto the gallery walls. Some of the best images are of places like Hooters, Blockbuster Video, and other American strip mall locales -- what a choice. It's perfect. Miller exhibits two sculptural works incorporating water and Plexiglas with sonic elements. SOIL, 310 First Ave S, 264-8061. Through Aug 1.
*JOE MAX EMMINGER -- Emminger has been painting in the Northwest for over 20 years and there's not a better figurative painter out there. Not in a technical sense, but rather he has paired down and manages to capture a complex and quietly intimate narrative with few lines flamesoating on boldly colored backgrounds. They're touching. Grover Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Aug 14.
FIVE AT PHINNEY -- Four photographers and one sculptor who insist on using their middle initials show their stuff. Joel S. Grossman, Deborah E. Kirsner, Laura J. Hammond, Gregory Van De Rostyne and Jerry M. Weissman. Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 783-2244. Through Aug 27.
TONY FOSTER -- British artist Foster travels the world and creates intimate visual diaries of the locations he visits. The resulting pieces are a mixture of watercolor renderings, artifacts from the site, and often written descriptions. The featured works are of the Cascades and other volcanic ranges. Eyre/Moore Gallery, 913 Western Ave, 624-5596. Through July 31.
FOTOGRAFIS DE LA ESPERANZA -- Curated by the Sicardi Sanders Gallery in Houston, this photographic exhibition hopes to relate the sense of hope and history, pride and heritage of Latin American culture. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through July 31.
A GOOD EYE -- In celebration of the new Safeco baseball field this group show displays works by the 11 artists commissioned to create pieces for the ballpark. Over 75 artists are featured in an exhibit of historical collections, photography, video, sculpture, soundwork, and paintings celebrating baseball. Seafirst Gallery, Columbia Seafirst Center, 701 5th Ave, Floor 3, 585-3200. Through Aug 13.
TOM GORMALLY -- Encaustic drawings and wall relief sculpture. Two Bells Tavern, 2313 Fourth Ave, 441-3050. Through Aug 1.
*ANDREAS GRUNERT -- Grunert, a German artist who shows internationally, paints with a bold and clean hand. His paintings have the power of Robert Motherwell's work and the monolithic figurative presence found in the paintings of folk artist Mose Tolliver. John Gerlich shows new drawings upstairs. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Aug 1.
GLENDA GUILMET -- Photographs printed on rock surfaces, evoking cave paintings and petroglyphs. Sacred Circle Gallery of American Indian Art, Daybreak Star Arts Center, Discovery Park, 285-4425. Through Oct 24.
*PATRICK HOLDERFIELD -- The Little Theatre has had a string of interesting exhibitions in their lobby, the latest being new sculptures by Seattle's Holderfield. Industrial foam oozes from found objects such as auto parts, pipes, and home appliances creating a sense of invasion that is less nightmarish than comic, like the takeover of earth in the movie The Blob. The Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Through Aug 1.
*HORSEHEAD INTERNATIONAL 1999 -- Thirty-six artists from the Northwest and beyond have created site specific works on the grounds of Sand Point. At the same time, five artists, including Iole Allessandrini and Stokely Towles, were commissioned by Seattle Arts Commission to install new works there. With the map provided they are all easy to find, and the setting is hard to beat. Sand Point, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 282-2935. Through Sept 30. Reviewed this Issue.
SALISE HUGHES -- Drawing on wood blocks, Hughes shows close-cropped images of faces and hands, wrestling or probing or just touching. In the Annex, Matthew Cox shows a suite of abstract paintings related to printmaking techniques. Fisher Gallery, 710 E Roy, 716-5141. Through Aug 28.
FULGENCIO LAZO -- Lazo, originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, paints exuberant, narrative scenes inspired by the myths and stories from his own Zapotec Indian heritage. Work this truly joyful is a rarity. Tule Gallery, 316 First Ave, 748-9904. Through Aug 15.
LIMINAL -- Curated by Christian French and Sean Vale, this show examines minimalism in contemporary works by Northwest artists. Some of the participating artists are Matthew Landkammer, Geoff Garza, Robert Yoder, and Mark Lindsey. Art Space, 216 Alaskan Way S, 442-9365. Through Aug 8.
LYN McCRACKEN -- Silver gelatin prints of Latino gang members in a show entitled Company, Claiming, Espejo. Zeitgeist, 616 S Jackson, 583-0497. Through Aug 4.
NEO-GRAFFITI PROJECT -- The grand opening of a new venue and a celebration of the launch of Tokion Magazine's Neo-Graffiti Project featuring works by artist/graphic artists Barry McGee, Phil Frost, Shepard Fairey, Kaws and Perks. Houston, 907 E Pike St. Through Aug 31.
CHRIS MARS/KERRY RYAN SIMMONS -- Tim Burton would love these dark figurative works by Mars, the former drummer of the Replacements. Fantastical paintings with spiritual undertones by Simmons. Roq La Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 399-6952. Through July 30.
*MARIELE NEUDECKER -- Large-scale gouache drawings featuring the reconstructions of maps of the world drawn from memory by individuals chosen at random around Europe. A German born artist working in London, Neudecker is now having her first West Coast solo exhibition. Her work will be included in the 1999 Melbourne Biennial. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6226. Through Aug 21.
*HEATHER DEW OAKSEN -- A video installation at two sites that tracks the lives of 10 teenagers during incarceration at a maximum-security juvenile corrections facility and throughout the four years following their release. Gulf is part of CoCA's Here and There exhibition which puts 10 visual artists into different neighborhoods to create works with the community in mind. 911 Media Arts Center Window, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through July 31.
MARK O'CONNELL -- Eight digital media pieces created over the last four years. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Aug 1.
ALEXANDER PETROV -- Petrov is a transplanted Russian artist who paints luscious surreal landscapes filled with portly yet sexually charged figures. His cast of characters often includes lovers, harlequins, body builders, military men, and scantily clad women. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through July 31.
PICTURES ON THE CORNER -- A new gallery presenting young artists from the Panels for Progress Urban Youth Art Program opens with a group show. Nu Tribes Art Center, 2207 S Jackson St.
PLANES OF COLOR -- It's more of less at Greg Kucera this month, where 15 artists show minimal works generally involving monochromatic color schemes and rectangular forms. From Anne Appleby's reductions of nature to Robert Ryman's white-on-white canvases, from Ellsworth Kelly's pioneering color fields to Lynne Woods Turner's meditations on the square: If it's rectilinear and stripped-down, the gallery has it. In back, see Karl Blossfeldt's vintage botanical photographs which inspired many an art-nouveau architect. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Aug 28.
YVONNE PUFFER/HELEN LESSICK -- Puffer draws with a shaky delicate hand images taken from her family photo album. The ephemeral quality of this work gives the characters a ghostly presence that plays on our sense of memory and touches a deep nostalgia. Lessick has created a collection of 4 x 6 studies of average objects on paper. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through July 31.
JOHN REGISTER -- The first comprehensive retrospective of Register's realistic paintings and works on paper. His work has often been compared with those of Edward Hopper in that they depict slices from everyday life in a highly dramatic way. The Frye Museum, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250. Through Aug 29.
PEET SASAKI/GARY ANDOLINA/GABRIELLE KUNSTER -- It's a glass month. This exhibit features three artists working with the medium in very different ways. Sasaki sprays glass foils outwardly from a steel armature, Andolina creates stiff sculptures incorporating steel and cast glass, and Kustner's fused glass pieces take the form of low, shallow bowls. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, 587-6501. Through Aug 1.
MATT SELLARS -- Over the Counter is a body of woodcarvings stemming from everyday objects, often combined with written word and found objects to make a more complete narrative. The Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave. Through July 31.
SUMMER GROUP SHOW -- If you haven't been by to see this terrific new gallery, now is the time. Their current show is a great introduction to gallery artists: Nicolas Africano, Jeff Joyce, Sherry Kerlin, Antonio Murado, Chris Pfister, Tony Scherman, Jose Maria Sicilia, George Stoll, and Donald Sultan. Winston Wachter Fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through Aug 13.
SUMMER SALON -- Including works by Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, Mark Tobey, and others. Kurt Litke Gallery, 318 Second Ave S, 623-5082. Through Aug 14.
TRIMPIN -- Conloninpurple is a remarkable sound installation by internationally renowned Northwest musician and sculptor Trimpin. The five-octave, room-sized instrument produces natural sounds played by gallery visitors or by pre-composed musical sequences. George Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Aug 7
GERARD TSUTAKAWA -- New sculpture in fabricated bronze. Foster/White Gallery, 123 S Jackson, 622-2833. Through Aug 1.
KAREN YURKOVICH -- A Vancouver BC artist exhibits, in her first solo Seattle show, a series of paintings entitled Natives and Immigrants that depict plants, trees, and fruit which are either indigenous or imported to North America. Linda Hodges Gallery, 410 Occidental Ave S, 624-3034. Through July 31.
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL -- Restarting an old tradition, the Bellevue Art Museum hosts a two-night screening of short films and videos from the Northwest, curated by BAM's Brian Wallace. Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue Square, Third Floor, Fri & Sat July 23-24, 8pm, $5.
RECENT: REMOTE -- As part of CoCA's Land/Use/ Action show, Boston performance artist Marilyn Arsem offers a piece on heritage and the Cold War at a former Nike missile base. Sat & Sun July 24-25 at noon, 2, 4, and 6, $10. Call CoCA at 728-1980 for reservations and location.
THE BETTY BOWEN AWARD, administered by the Seattle Art Museum, is open to emerging artists in all media, except film and video, who live in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Send six fully labeled slides, a current resume, and a SASE to Betty Bowen Committee, Modern Art Department, Seattle Art Museum, P.O. Box 22000, Seattle WA 98122. Must be postmarked by July 30. Call 654-3131 for more information.
KING COUNTY ART GALLERY is taking submissions for their year 2000 exhibition schedule. The gallery is at the offices of the King County Arts Commission and has had a great history of presenting solo shows by primarily unrepresented artists. Deadline is Aug 13. Call 206-296-7580 and leave your name and address for information.
KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER is now accepting proposals from curators for their year 2000 programming. Stipends are available. Deadline for submission is Sept 1. Call 425-822-7161 for more information.
MADRONA AUTOMATIC is looking for artists to participate in their Sept 1999 Drive Thru Show. The work must pertain to the concept of drive-thrus and automation within American culture. All mediums. Send slides to Madrona Automatic, 1435 34th Ave, Seattle WA 98122.
SOIL ARTIST CO-OP seeks members -- Send 10 to 15 slides, letter of intent, resume, artist statement, SASE, and $5 processing fee to SOIL, P.O. Box 20214, Seattle WA 98102.
ART DETOUR SEATTLE -- A city-wide open studio event providing viewers with a map and directory of participating artists. The event is scheduled for Sept 17-19. To register send a SASE to Jaq Chartier, 737 N 90th St, Seattle WA 98103.