BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM, 310 Bellevue Square, 425 454-3322.Bellevue Art Museum, 301 Bellevue Square, (in the mall), 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. <
THE FRYE ART MUSEUM, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250
John RegisterThe 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. Through Aug 29.
HENRY ART GALLERY, 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, 543-2280.
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. Through Oct 10.
Hillary Leone and Jennifer Macdonald Collaborating for over ten 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 flow 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, McCurdy Park, 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 his stunning subjects. Through Aug 29.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, 100 University St, 654-3100.
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 Keifer and Germanic Tradition Paintings, works on paper, and sculpture bring contemporary German works into focus. Keifer, 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 accompany. Through Dec 5.
*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, Volunteer Park, 654-3100.
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.
*New ReligionA perfect show in anticipation of the end of the millennium. A look at works with religious allegory at their foundation, including everything from Donald Roller Wilson's hysterically irreverent, yet technically remarkable costumed animal paintings to the tattoo-style renderings of Don Ed Hardy. Other artists include Melissa Weinman, Kathleen Jesse, Kathleen Fruge-Brown, Jon Swihart, Mark Ryden, Tom Uttech, and more. Through Nov 7.
The EndArtists were challenged to create a portrait of the century as we look toward the new millennium and the 94 selected works range from apocalyptic visions to depictions of cute newborn animals. The show was juried by New York-based sculptor, political activist, and installation artist Fred Wilson, who was also recently awarded the MacArthur Fellowship. Wilson is best known for his museum "interventions" including Mining the Museum, a celebrated and unusual collaboration between Wilson and the Maryland Historical Society. Through Oct 31.
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 effected the lives of individuals, families and communities of future generations. Through April 9, 2000.
*BOYA ten-year-old boy named Gregory Smart is at the center of a new collaborative installation created specifically for CoCA by the artist team of Harrell Fletcher and Jon Rubin. The fictitious Smart comes to life through video taken by a real little boy who wore a video-helmet as he went about his daily routine. The installation includes the video and items from the boy's life like balls and a small-scale soccer field. CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art), 65 Cedar St, 728-1980. Sat Aug 21 through Nov 9.
DAVID KINSEY In 1996 Kinsey started a design firm called Black Market Inc. and, with his partners, produced strong graphic works ranging from spray-can murals to toy designs. Kinsey exhibits both design work such as posters and skateboard graphics, and socio-political based paintings. ARO.space, 925 E Pike St, 320-0424. Fri Aug 20 through Sept 9.
MODERN MASTERS OF KYOTO Works by late 19th and early 20th century artists from Kyoto round out the programming for SAAM's "Year of Japan." This collection is owned by Northwest residents Griffith and Patricia Way and contains more than 80 examples of Kyoto-school nihonga, or modern Japanese painting executed in traditional media formats. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E Prospect St, 654-3100. Thurs Aug 19 through Feb 13.
3-D A terrific line-up of regional artists including Buffy Cribbs, Patrick Holderfields, Chuck Meyer, Gail Simpson, and many others. LEAD, 1022 First Ave, 623-6240. Mon Aug 2 through Aug 27.
10' UNDER Installations by Brad Miller, Elizabeth Jameson, Peter Rian, Michael McCafferty, and Andrew Sodt dealing thematically with being Elliott Bay Bookstore's basement neighbor. SOIL, 310 First Ave S. Thurs Aug 5 through Aug 28.
a.k.a. Photography Exhibition In its fifth year, the intent of this exhibit is to showcase the variety of photographic images possible with Polaroid products. The 35 images included were chosen by a distinguished jury from over 300 images submitted by artists in the U.S. and Canada. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Mon Aug 2 through Aug 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.
BASTARDS A collaborative exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by six Los Angeles artists. Collaborations by nature create a dialogue about authorship, and it is often very difficult to tell which of the six had a hand in the work. The press release describes the resulting pieces as a blend of pop art, photo-realism, post-painterly abstraction, neo-classicism, surrealism, and symbolism. Davidson Gallery, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-4588. Thurs Aug 5 through Aug 28.
KARL BLOSSFELDT At the beginning of the century Blossfeldt arranged ferns, flowers, and vines on pure white backgrounds and photographed them in sharp focus at a high level of magnification. His black and white images are so exact they can be unrecognizable and they were influential for artists, designers, and architects of his time. The exhibit includes photogravures as well as new prints of those early photos. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Aug 28.
SQUIRE BROEL A still life is a still life is a still life.... Drawings, paintings, and bronze work that are sophisticated, but possess a remarkable amount of energy in the compositional make-up and surface delineation. A young artist working well in a traditional format. Eyre/Moore Gallery, 913 Western Ave, 624-5596. Thurs Aug 5 through Aug 29.
BRIAN CHAPMAN Lisa Harris is celebrating it's 15th year with a very special exhibition. In Predator and Prey, Chapman captures wild animals in an energetic manner that doesn't hold the subjects hostage, but creates an abstract, painterly, and fluid environment for the creatures. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315. Thurs Aug 5 through Aug 29.
BETH YARNELLE EDWARDS Suburban Dreams takes a look inside the homes and lives of the inhabitants of suburban Northern California. The photos depict claustrophobic, materialistic visions of those living the "American Dream," and the result is poignantly repugnant. Like the recently exhibited work of Bill Owens, this show is hard to stomach as we are confronted a little too intimately with a look into lives like ours or those we know. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Sun Aug 1 through Aug 30.
FIVE AT PHINNEY Four photographers and one sculptor who all 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. Fri July 16 through Aug 27.
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 HOLDERFIELD911 has resurrected its window installation program with a vengeance, working with some of the best artists in town and presenting truly provocative works. Currently Holderfield, a Northwest artist on the rise, has installed Exodus: A Fable where taxidermy forms play out a twisted little story about animal friends who invent a robot that eventually turns on them. 911 Media Arts Center (windows), 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Sept 26.
*HAROLD HOLLINGSWORTH/MARK MUMFORD This new venue seems to be finding its foothold, leaving behind mountainous landscapes and presenting its third strong show in a row. Hollingsworth's work is reminiscent of the Seattle painter Ken Kelly, but Hollingsworth's idiosyncratic vocabulary of images play on the canvas in a more random, playful, easy way. Also exhibited are four new sculptures by Mumford that question the notion of portraiture, identity, and disguise. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Thurs Aug 5 through Aug 28.
*HORSEHEAD INTERNATIONAL 1999 Thirty-six artists from the Northwest and beyond have created site speci?c works on the grounds of Sand Point. With the map provided they are all easy to ?nd, and the setting is hard to beat. Horsehead at the Sand Point Naval Base, Magnuson Park, 282-2935. Through Sept 30.
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.
DORIS JEW It's wonderful to see art installed in unlikely places. Jew is exhibiting her art-garments in the window of a successful downtown boutique. The dresses are seductively grotesque with misshapen body forms and rich, sexy fabrics. The windows at Baby & Co., 1936 First Ave, 448-4077. Sun Aug 1 through Sept 3.
*CLIFFORD KAPLANReally freaky dolls photographed in barren industrial settings. So ridiculously scary they're absolutely hysterical. FotoCircle, 163 S Jackson, Second Floor. Through Aug 28.
MEL LOZANO Boxing the Spirit is an installation that embraces the styles of Spanish and Mexican folk art traditions but appears completely contemporary with its lush and seductive collage and assemblage of found and made objects. RAW Gallery, 409 Seventh Ave, 340-1445. Thurs Aug 5 through Aug 28.
NEO-GRAFFITI PROJECT The grand opening of a new venue and a celebration of the launch of Tokion Magazine's Neo-Graf?ti Project featuring works by artist/graphic artists Barry McGe, Phil Frost, Shepard Fairey, Kaws, and Perks. Houston, 907 E Pike St, Sat July 17 through Aug 31.
*MARIELE NEUDECKERLarge-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, this is her ?rst West Coast solo exhibition. Her work will be included in the 1999 Melbourne Biennial, which makes her an artist to watch. Jim Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6226. Through Aug 21.
ON THE ROCKS After two years of photo-documenting Seattle nightlife culture, Brandon Harman and Christine Taylor present a show full of wild, blurry midnight visions and plenty of the fun crowd in their most "liquid" state. Roq La Rue Gallery, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Fri Aug 6 through Aug 31.
ORDINARY PEOPLE Figurative works by Pat de Caro, Jacob Lawrence, Spike Mafford, and Kimo Minton. An odd and wonderful mix of artists. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Fri Aug 6 through Sept 3.
*JOSEPH PARK The six new paintings in his first solo exhibition at Howard House are at first glance sweet, like those doe-eyed children in Japanese animation. In this body of work Park's big-headed characters are his vehicle to explore stereotypes and complex relationships. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Sat Aug 7 through Aug 29.
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.
*BRIAN SENDELBACH The creator of The Stranger comic Smell of Steve, Inc. has created a new body of physically and aesthetically rough paintings featuring superheroes. Cut and torn paper is glued together to form the figures that are hardly complementary to the ominous nature of superheroedom. The LittleTheatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Wed Aug 4 through Sept 5.
SIXTH SENSE Recent works by six artists who participated in the 1998 Emerging Artists-in-Residence program at Pilchuck Glass School. The exhibiting artists are Jack Gunter, Liz Marx, Charlotte Meyer, Lydia Neuman, Sarah Peters, and Laura Wessel. Elliott Brown Gallery, 619 N 35th St, #101A, 547-9740. Sat Aug 7 through Aug 28.
SUMMER SALON Original paintings by Northwest greats Paul Horiuchi, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Mark Tobey. Kurt Lidtke Gallery, 318 Second Ave S, 623-5082. Sun Aug 1 through Aug 21.
*EINER AND JAMEX DE LA TORRE I think the brothers describe their installation work the best: "As Mexican American bicultural artists, we are on the one hand influenced by the morbid humor of Mexican folk art, and the absurd pageantry of Catholicism, and machismo; and on the other hand, we are equally fascinated by the American culture of excess: its pornographic materialism, its blow-up doll aesthetic, and most of all, in lingering Puritanism." William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, Second Floor, 587-6501. Thurs Aug 5 through Aug 29.
DELOSS WEBBERAn exceptionally stunning sculptural show. Kagedo is a store specializing in Japanese antiquities and this featured contemporary artist embraces the ideals of Ikebana basketry and simple, orderly, Zen-like design. Smooth stones are obsessively woven with natural fibers. I see Webber futilely playing on the Japanese idea of binding and manipulation to create something desirable and beautiful, but rocks are a material that will not be altered by the constriction. Kagedo, 520 First Ave S, 467-9077. Through Sept 4.
JASON WILLIAMSON Heavily worked, large-scale paintings featuring the likenesses of family and friends. There is an uncomfortable presence in portraits done on such a monumental scale, often as large as six by nine feet, framed with 2 x 4 building studs, forcing the viewer to confront giant personalities without the option of easily looking away. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Room 200, 296-7580. Thurs Aug 5 through Aug 27.
*KEVIN WILLIS With a background in movie special effects and anthropology, this artist on the rise creates paintings loaded with socio-cultural commentary and a gruesome, ironic edge. His work has been recently featured in the hip publication Ray Gun and the alternative art mag Juxtapoz. Milky World Gallery, 111 Battery, 374-0933. Sat July 31 through Sept 2.
WORKS BY WOMEN ARTISTS Pam Cooper, Kate Greiner, Marie Collyer, Robin Seloover, Sarah Morris, Jennifer Olsen, and Karen Parcel in a group show curated by RobRoy Chalmers. Oculus Gallery, 163 S Jackson, 366-2108. Thurs Aug 5 through Aug 28.
FLETCHER + RUBIN The Bay area duo Harrell Fletcher and Jon Rubin, who are responsible for the new installation Boy opening at CoCA on Aug 21, will be lecturing on this site-specific work and their past collaborative projects. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Henry Art Gallery where the event will take place on Thurs Aug 19 at 7:00.
MODERN MASTERS OF KYOTO A two day international symposium in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum's new exhibition featuring over 80 examples of nihonga, or modern paintings executed in traditional media like hanging scrolls and screens. Following a keynote address by professor emeritus John Ropsenfield of Harvard University, the symposium will include presentations by renowned nihonga specialists from the U.S. and Japan. Aug 22-23. Call 654-3100 for more 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.