704 Terry Ave, 622-9250
* MARK RYDEN
In a giant and welcome leap, the Frye exhibits one of pop surrealism's finest painters with Wondertoonel... Mark Ryden book-signing on Sat Nov 20, 12 pm. Opening reception Thu Nov 18, 6-8 pm. Wesley P. Jessup lectures Sat Nov 20, 2 pm. Through Feb 13.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, 543-2280.
* SANTIAGO CALATRAVA
Final week. A survey of major building projects by the Spanish-born architect and artist chosen to design the World Trade Center PATH Terminal. Through Nov 21.
* W.O.W. (THE WORK OF THE WORK)
Chief curator Elizabeth Brown organized this spectacular new show, which features the work of Kimsooja, Steve McQueen, Catherine Yass, James Turrell, Hannah Villiger, and Gary Hill. The connective tissue between all the disparate strands of the exhibit is the viewer's response, which can move from meditative to agitated and back again, and Brown's unerring eye for the way art works us. Through Feb 6.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University Way, 654-3255.
MODERN IN AMERICA
A selection of drawings and photographs from the museum's permanent collection of the first American modernists associated with Alfred Stieglitz's 291 Gallery in New York. Ongoing.
SPAIN IN THE AGE OF EXPLORATION 1492-1819
The exhibition features more than 100 works of art and science, including sculpture, tapestries, maps, armor, and paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Diego Velazquez, and Francisco de Goya. Through Jan 2.
DOCUMENT NW: THE PONCHO SERIES
Sculptures in glass from the collection of Becky and Jack Benaroya. Through May 1.
* STATE IN TIME
Organized by longtime Seattle curator and local treasure Larry Reid this exhibition examines Eastern European avant-garde from the perspective of the visual artists in the experimental arts collective NSK (Neu Slowenishe Kunst), alongside woks by their longtime American collaborator Charles Krafft. Opening reception Fri Nov 19, 9 pm-midnight. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 329-1966. Through Dec 18.
Illuminating the Invisible is a 30-year retrospective of Patti's sculptural work in glass. Opens Sat Nov 20. Artist reception Sun Nov 21, 2 pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 E Dock St, Tacoma, 253-284-2129. Through June 12.
Totemic, figurative, and abstract sculptures inspired by ancient megaliths. Opening reception Thurs Nov 18, 6-8 pm. Winston Wachter Fine Art, 203 Dexter Ave N, 625-5885. Through Dec 30.
Exaggerations/Understatements is strange sculptural jewelry that lives up to its title. Opening reception Sat Nov 20, 6-9 pm. Vain, 2018 First Ave, 441-3441. Through Dec 31.
BYRON AU YONG
A collaborative multimedia installation by composer and performer Au Yong. Jack Straw Media Gallery, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through Dec 31.
PETER BECKER, JEFRE CANTU, RACHEL RAMPLEMAN, BROCK SHORNO
Accumulation is a multimedia exhibition curated by Juliet Jacobson. 1506 Projects, 1506 E Olive Way, 920-8618. Through Nov 28.
Photography from Bentley's recent trip to Turkey. Sev Shoon Arts Center, 2862 NW Market St, 425-869-8084.
PATTI BEZZO, SCOTT MANSFIELD
Paintings by Bezzo and sculptures by Mansfield. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through Nov 27.
CLIMAX GOLDEN TWINS
A retrospective of Climax Golden Twins' design work and ephemera. Priceless Works Gallery, 619 N 35th St, Suite 100, 349-9943. Through Nov 31.
COCA: NW ANNUAL
Final week. Juried by Ken Lum, chair of the MFA program at the University of British Columbia, the NW Annual features work by 26 artists. CoCA, 408 Dexter Ave N, 728-1980. Through Nov 20.
Installation work that uses projected animation, painting, and photography by Tove Langridge, Monika Proffitt, and Paul Thomas. Capitol Hill Arts Center Lower Level, 1621 12th Ave, 388-0500. Through Nov 26.
Eight painters working in oils, acrylic, and encaustic present their work. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, Second floor, 587-6501. Through Nov 28.
New paintings from The Sea of Tears series. Fancy, 1932 Second Ave, 443-4621. Through Dec 20.
* WYNNE GREENWOOD
Maps to Radical Imaginings is the title of the exhibition at the postage stamp-sized Tollbooth Gallery and it no doubt will live up to its title. If Greenwood's name doesn't ring an immediate bell that may be because she is better known under her nom de performance, Tracy and the Plastics, a one-woman band that uses video to create the illusion of alter selves. She most recently appeared in this year's Whitney Biennial and contributed special art to its catalog. Tollbooth Gallery, 1118 Commerce St, Tacoma, 253-572-0995. Through Dec 11.
NOLAN HEDRICKSON, AMY RAGSDALE, AND JENNIFER PRATT
Photography by Hendrickson and an installation entitled Surveillance by Ragsdale and Pratt. Vain, 2018 First Ave, 441-3441. Through Nov 30.
* KID KOALA
Original pieces from Kid Koala's 2003 graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall. Bluebottle Art Gallery, 415 E Pine St, 325-1592. Through Nov 28.
KINOKO, PARSKID, LUKE RAMSEY
New paintings and prints by three graffiti- and illustration-influenced artists. Vera Project, 1916 Fourth Ave, 427-2850. Through Nov 30.
Textured panoramas and portraits made from reclaimed vintage linoleum and vinyl flooring. Garde Rail Gallery, 110 Third Ave S, 621-1055. Through Nov 27.
* JEFFRY MITCHELL
Drawings and ceramic sculptures that explore flowers with a knowing naiveté. James Harris Gallery, 309-A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Nov 27.
* BRIAN MURPHY
A solo show of Murphy's beguilingly elusive self-portraits in watercolors and oils. Platform Gallery, 114 Third Ave S, 323-2808. Through Nov. 20. Facing is a site-specific installation of self-portrait heads on panels suspended from the ceiling. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Dec 10.
HANS NELSEN, TOM DEGROOT
* THE PIN UP SHOW EVENTS
With a more straightforward though no less curvaceous femininity than Lisa Yuskevage's critically hosannaed figurative paintings, this exhibition features bodacious and challenging looks at women. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Dec 4.
* RUFFLE: DECADENT VEXATION
Final week. Ruffle is both a fashion frill and a disturbance. In this inventive group show, Mandy Greer's disturbingly beautiful mixed-media sculptures and Elizabeth Jameson's automatic drawings perfectly locate the intersection of the word's two meanings. Kirkland Arts Center Gallery, 620 Market St, 425-822-7161. Through Nov 19.
* ALEX SCHWEDER, ROBERT YODER
Two great Seattle artists in one gallery. Schweder has taken over the back of Howard House with an enormous installation that uses sugar, ceramic, scratch-and-sniff wallpaper, latex, and projected video for an environment that is tactile and mesmerizing. Yoder, whose cut-up and reassembled road signs play as aerial geometric landscape, is presenting new works on paper and collage that are sure to be as breathtaking and inventive as his previous shows. Howard House, 604 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Dec 11.
* CHAD STATES
States latest series of carefully staged saturated color photographs, entitled The Autonomous Connection, explores the psychological effects of childhood on adult relationships. Gallery 4Culture, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-7580. Through Nov 26.
* DARREN WATERSON
Thirteen new oil paintings. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Nov 27.
* STATE IN TIME PANEL DISCUSSION
Charles Krafft, Dusan Mandic, Frye Art Museum curator Robin Held, and members of Laibach assemble for a panel discussion on the new Slovene avant-garde following a screening of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (a utopian, art-centric "state in time") documentary film, Predictions of Fire. Sun Nov 21, 6 pm. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 329-1966.