BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
301 Bellevue Square, 425-454-3322.
*2000 PACIFIC NORTHWEST ANNUAL
The list of artists for this year's Annual reads like an impeccable pedigree of Young Seattle Artists, including Leo Saul Berk, Susan Dory, Thess Fenner, Jeff Miller, Cathy McClure, and Nicola Vruwink. Throughout the exhibition's run, the museum will host a series of six artist residencies, allowing artists the space and resources to create work over the duration of the exhibition; completed work will then be added to the show. Through Sept 3.
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART
65 Cedar St, 728-1980.
A group show featuring some of the artists who have donated their time and skill to CoCA over the years. Curated by Lisa Buchanan and Robert Yoder. Opening reception Sat Aug 5, 8 pm. Through Aug 30.
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS
This Detroit rock band/art group was started by a bunch of inspired University of Michigan art students in the early '70s, some of whom (Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw) went on to high-profile art careers. This interesting exhibition features art, ephemera, and... stuff from DAM's golden age. Through Aug 30.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
701 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
The German-born Reiss (1886-1953) painted stark, unsentimental portraits of Native Americans, which then were used on railroad posters and calendars. Proof that it takes an Ausländer to see beyond the stereotypes. Through Sept 10.
Large oil paintings of Antarctica landscapes--realistic, with an otherworldly feel. Through Aug 9.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280.
*ANDY WARHOL DRAWINGS, 1942-1987
That slightly arch, calligraphic style that's everywhere in graphic design these days--you know where it comes from? Warhol's drawings from the '50s, when he was a commercial artist raking in the dough (as opposed to a pop artist raking in the dough). Then there are the more famous works on paper from his celebrity days and a self-portrait he drew at 14, long before his self-allotted 15 minutes began to tick away. A show like this is essential for reminding us that icons have other facets. Through Oct 8.
SHIFTING GROUND: TRANSFORMED VIEWS OF THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
It's such a ubiquitous subject, and so often maligned. Here's a show that makes a gallant effort to show how landscape portrayal has changed over time, and by implication, how our attitude toward the land has been altered in the process. Through Aug 20.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3158.
EASTMAN JOHNSON: PAINTING AMERICA
A retrospective of a consummate American painter. In his work, Johnson (1824-1906) covered many different territories, including scenes from American Indian and black communities. Through Sept 10.
*LANGUAGE LET LOOSE
At the center of this exhibition on words and art is Gary Hill's installation House of Cards, a multiscreen video work of people speaking, Hill-like, in disjointed but connected sentences. Complementing the cacophony is a slew of interesting work, including books by Ed Ruscha, and Walker Evans' sign photographs. Through April 29.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100.
THE ART OF PROTEST
Social and political issues addressed through a variety of media, including the photography of Walker Evans and the mordant commentary of Jenny Holzer. Fang Lijun's enormous woodcut, No. 19, dominates the exhibition. Through Jan 21.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
1123 Pacific Ave, 253-272-4258.
ALMOST WARM AND FUZZY: CHILDHOOD AND CONTEMPORARY ART
All the art references childhood in some manner, whether nostalgic or ironic or simply fun. Thirty artists from around the world contributed work to this show, which includes The Big Sneeze (an enormous liquid-emitting nose constructed by the Art Guys) and Sandy Skoglund's Shimmering Madness, an installation made up of about a million jellybeans and fluttering butterfly wings. The aim was a show for children as well as adults; grab your favorite eight-year-old and see if it works. Through Sept 17.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM
407 Seventh Ave S, 623-5124.
THROUGH OUR EYES
An extensive exhibition of Asian American photography of the Northwest, from journalism to fine art. It includes the photography of Frank Matsura--who emigrated from Japan at the turn of the century (the last one) and documented the Okanogan frontier--through the contemporary work of Dean Wong and Jessica Kim. Through April 8.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200.
*THE WRIGHT COLLECTION
Virginia and Bagley Wright have rehung their foundation's exhibit space, devoting one gallery entirely to their great collection of '60s and '70s color field paintings, and introducing a large David Salle oil and the John Baldessari piece Two Onlookers and Tragedy to the mix. Other highlights include a Robert Longo, Eric Fischl, a huge Warhol Rorschach, and Jules Olitski's Thigh Smoke. Open-ended run.
*ROBROY CHALMERS, DAVID TRAYLOR
Chalmers is exhibiting new drawings and paper sculptures; Traylor's ceramics seem as heavy and loaded as metallic objects. Both artists' work is dense and present--nothing ephemeral here. Opening reception Thurs Aug 3, 6-9 pm. Oculus Gallery, 216 Alaskan Way S, 366-2108. Through Sept 2.
DAVID PERRY CHRISTENSEN
New large-scale paintings and small studies. In the back room, there's a group show featuring, among others, David Kane, George Chacona, and Merrily Tompkins. Opening reception Thurs Aug 3, 6-8 pm. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Aug 31.
DONUT SHOP ONE
All right, it's in Portland. But gallery founder and curator Cris Moss is doing something I've heard a lot of artists talk about, but never finally do: starting a gallery that changes location with each show. This not only alleviates the ever-present real-estate problem, but also creates the challenge of a changing space. The first show, which concentrates on alternative media, features the work of Moss, Seungho Cho, Cynthia Pachikara, Nan Curtis, and Ginelle Hustrulid. Opening reception Fri Aug 4, 6-9 pm. The Donut Shop, 630 SE Third. Through Aug 18.
FOURTH ANNUAL POUND GALLERY MEMBERS SHOW
See the spread of work at one of the last good alternative spaces around. Art by Gary Smoot, Susan Robb, Laura Jean Cronin, Penny Jerome, Owen Cornell, Christine Taylor, Katrina Santore, and Kevin Willis. Opening reception Sat Aug 5, 6-10 pm. Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through Aug 27.
GARDE RAIL RE-OPENING
The gallery dedicated to folk and outsider art is back, in new Columbia City digs. The grand-opening exhibition features work by Annie Grgich, Antijuan Oden, and John Taylor, among others. Opening reception Fri Aug 4, 6-10 pm. Garde Rail Gallery, 4750 35th Ave S, 760-3720. Through Aug 31.
Painting and mixed media in the obscure-celestial Joseph Cornell vein. Opening reception Fri Aug 4, 6-9 pm. Elliott Brown Gallery, 619 N 35th St, #101A, 547-9740. Through Aug 26.
Hare paints the architectural details we see, but don't really see. Opening reception Sat Aug 5, 2-4 pm. ArtsWest Gallery, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963. Through Sept 2.
A thoughtfully assembled show on all the possible meanings of the word--emotional, psychological, structural--with work by as diverse artists as Jenny Sabin, Brent Watanabe, and Phil Roach (whose dioramas embedded in flea-market paintings in the UW MFA exhibition caused such a stir). Curated by Leslie Clague and Demi Raven. Opening reception Sat Aug 5, 6-10 pm. SOIL Artist Cooperative, 12th and Pike, 264-8061. Through Aug 27.
She builds boxes and puts thing in them, but there's a lot more to it than that. The box isn't just a receptacle, but a kind of inner space, and the contents are revealing and oblique at the same time. Opening reception Sat Aug 5, 6-9 pm. Artemis Gallery, 1400 31st Ave S, 323-0562. Through Aug 31.
A window installation entitled Theory of Flight. Seattle Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 748-9282. Through Aug 25.
See Bio Box. Opening reception Thurs Aug 3, 5-7 pm. Daniel Smith, 4150 First Ave S, 223-9599. Through Sept 4.
Japanese artist Matsuda considers the process that creates his large-scale paintings performance, with each work the result of a meditative dance. The work looks like calligraphy gone not unpleasantly awry. Opening reception Thurs Aug 3, 6-8 pm. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Sept 2.
Bright new paintings, in a series called Butterfly Jokes. Opening reception Thurs Aug 3, 8-10 pm. Two Bells Tavern, 2313 Fourth Ave, 441-3050. Through Oct 5.
Assembling hundreds of anything in one space can either change the space entirely, or simply be a lame shorthand for installation. Ortbal's work looks to be the latter; in this case he's put hundreds of tin cans, opened at both ends, in a window at 911. Opening reception, with a short talk by the artist, Thurs Aug 3, 6-8 pm. 911 Media Arts Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Sept 17.
This young, young gallery has nabbed nine excellent artists for this group show. The unifying theme is the presence in the work of improvisational elements; the exhibition includes Claire Cowie, Phil Roach, Damon Maxwell, and Randy McCoy. Opening reception Thurs Aug 3, 5-10 pm. Rex Gallery, 542 First Ave S, 262-9831. Through Sept 2.
Another round of dispatches from Pugetopolis, this time meditations on the Human Genome Project. In her paintings and mixed-media assemblage, Trainor creates symbols for this strange advancing new world (Ms. Human Genome, chromosomes, autosomes) and makes them seem as familiar as Renaissance iconography. Opening reception Sat Aug 5, 6-10 pm. Trapeze Gallery, 1130 34th Ave, 329-3363. Through Sept 1.
Emotional black-and-white portraits by a photographer who's in Seattle as part of an arts exchange with Perugia, Italy, one of our many sister cities. Opening reception Thurs Aug 3, 6-9 pm. FotoCircle Gallery, 216 Alaskan Way S, 624-2645. Through Sept 2.
LIZA von ROSENSTIEL
Eerie paintings that use stylized animals to communicate the nuances of emotion. Opening reception Thurs Aug 3, 6-8 pm. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Sept 2.
See Stranger Suggests. Opening reception Thurs Aug 3, 6-8 pm. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Aug 26.
Sculpture inspired by ideas as oddly specific as gene-splicing, root-grafting, and bonsai. Opening reception Thurs Aug 3, 6-8 pm. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Room 200, 296-7580. Through Aug 25.
The show's subtitle (Beyond the White Picket Fence) puts you on the alert that diversity is the theme here. Photographer Courtney Coolidge traveled around the country photographing families in all their glory and difficulty. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Aug 29.
Bruch's intricately pieced sculpture at Consolidated Works earlier this year was absolutely mind-bending--about a thousand paper triangles fitted together somehow to make a large, hollow, multifaceted form. His new and similarly unfathomable installation, Duty Cycle, fills the atrium with paper and metal wheel-like forms invoking labor, repetition, and the passage of time. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Aug 18.
Work by Barbara DiPirro, Maya Chachava, and Amber Cottle--three very different artists, which poses the question of where such convergence lies. Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 783-2244. Through Aug 21.
Delta--Dutch graffiti artist Boris Tellegen--has raised lettering, of all things, to a high, high-tech art. In his hands words become strange, abstract, hard-edged creatures--or machines. Houston, 907 E Pike St, 860-7820. Through Aug 30.
*KELSEY FERNKOPF, ROBERT YODER
Howard House celebrates its third anniversary with Milk and Honey, a show featuring Fernkopf's mixed-media sculptures and Yoder's recombined road-sign paintings. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Aug 5.
JENNY HYDE, JOE ROBBINS
Hyde superimposes rural, traditional-feeling themes onto nontraditionally sewn canvases. Robbins' sculpture combines two entirely unexpected elements (cast-porcelain mosaic squares and traditional male iconography) to create something entirely other. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9276. Through Aug 19.
Encaustics on the theme of house and home. Sev Shoon Arts Center, 5206 Ballard Ave NW, 782-2415. Through Aug 6.
A series of collage-like paintings. Black Lab Gallery, 5208 Ballard Ave, 781-2392. Through Aug 9.
Photographs from Paris shown, charmingly, in a little cafe. Grand Illusion, 1405 NE 50th St. Through Sept 1.
CHARLES K. ROSENBERG
Rosenberg's works on paper feature patterning in gold leaf, charcoal, and graphite powder on glassine paper. The Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Through Aug 20.
Nature enlarged beyond recognition and pressed right into the canvas, from artists Carolyn Watts and Eva Isaksen. Cornish College of the Arts, Fisher Gallery, 710 E Roy St, 726-5011. Through Aug 31.
The theme, in name, of this show is the relationship between image, fiction, and reality, but the real pleasure is how international and new the art is. Some of the best work feels like a grand discovery; when the work fails, it fails on a grand scale, which is something we rarely get to see around here. Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC, 604-662-4700. Through Aug 13.
For his series Golden Gate, Misrach has taken photographs of the same view of the San Francisco Bay over the course of three years. In the Bay Area's moody weather, this has produced remarkable differences in light and color. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson St, Suite 200, 587-4033. Through Aug 19.
*SOUTH SOUNDS 2000
This show (juried by the Henry's Rhonda Howard) features the work of 13 south-Sound artists, including video work by the excellent Jennifer West, sculpture by Kelsey Fernkopf, and prints by Brian Alves. Commencement Art Gallery, 253-591-5341. Through Aug 25.
A rotating exhibit featuring paintings and photographs of real and imagined structures. Participating artists include John Stamets, C. Blake Haygood, and Julia Ricketts. SAM Rental Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Sept 2.
Hand-carved figures augmented by found materials such as tin and wire, giving them an air of things at once discarded and revered. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Aug 12.
20th-CENTURY MASTER WORKS ON PAPER
Works by Dubuffet, Leger, Matisse, Picasso, Braques, Miro, and Le Corbusier. Winston Wächter Fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through Aug 10.
Witty miniature paintings that touch on political and economic topics. Trapeze Gallery, 1130 34th Ave, 329-3363. Through Aug 4.
WOMEN IN PRINT
Actually, the show is of prints by women, and includes three decades' worth of work by 20 artists. Bank of America Gallery, 701 Fifth Ave, Third Floor, 585-3200. Through Aug 25.
ALLIED ARTS FRIVOLITY BALL
Dress inappropriately, bring $10 and something for the Altar of Frivolity (where some kind of Strange Rites take place), eat, drink, and dance. Sat Aug 5, 8 pm-2 am, at Consolidated Works, 410 Terry Ave N. For more information call Allied Arts at 624-0432, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS
KING COUNTY ART GALLERY
The King County Arts Commission is taking submissions for solo shows and artist-organized small group exhibitions in its Smith Tower gallery. Participating artists must live in King County, and not be represented by a commercial gallery. Get an application online at www.metrokc.gov, or call 296-7580. Deadline is Aug 11.
SEATTLE ARTS COMMISSION SEEKING...
...artists for community collaborations. This will be part of a program called ARTS UP: Artist Residencies Transforming Seattle's Urban Places, which will begin this winter. The call is extended to all disciplines--not only visual art, but literary and performing arts as well. The artists selected will work with selected communities throughout the city, and are encouraged to create works that explore the meaning of community and community identity. For a prospectus, call SAC at 615-1801; for more information, call Lisa Richmond at 684-0998.