FRYE ART MUSEUM
701 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
Tree drawings so intricate that each work takes the artist months to complete--a kind of obsessiveness that's hard to argue with. Through Oct 8.
The German-born Reiss (1886-1953) painted stark, unsentimental portraits of Native Americans, which were then used on railroad posters and calendars. Proof that it takes an Ausländer to see beyond the stereotypes. Through Sept 10.
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.
*FRANK O. GEHRY: THE ARCHITECT'S STUDIO
An exhibition of drawings and maquettes of Gehry's projects, including our own dear smashed jewel, the EMP. The idea is to give us a window into the genius' process; mostly, though, it's proof that he gets to play with cool little models. Through Nov 12.
MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART
121 S First St, La Conner, 360-466-4446.
Rhoads fashions structures out of glass, like architects' models of hives and domes and other shelters. Their shapes are undeniably sexy, another step along the continuum that connects female imagery with vessels. Through Oct 2.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
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
A tiny little exhibition on the incorporation of text into the visual world. The show's centerpiece is Gary Hill's installation House of Cards: a stack of video monitors that reveals, foot by foot, the interior of a house, while two monitors on either side show a man and a woman, softly saying (almost chanting) strings of non-sequiturs. There's also work by Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, Alice Wheeler, and a set of Robert Heinecken's Recto/Verso pieces, complete with intelligent but unrelated commentary. The exhibition is nearly hidden between two major shows, but it speaks loudly indeed. Through April 29.
20th-CENTURY AMERICAN ART: THE EBSWORTH COLLECTION
Over 70 works, mostly modernist, collected by Barney A. Ebsworth, who started out collecting 16th- and 17th-century Dutch paintings, but got discouraged when he realized that all "the great pictures [were] gone." There must have been some goodies left from the post-war era; Ebsworth acquired a nifty set of works--no real masterpieces, though--by (among others) de Kooning, Sheeler, and Hockney. Through Nov 12.
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.
See what photographers all over the country are doing with Polaroid film--that most versatile of media. Opening reception Thurs Sept 7, 6-8 pm. Benham Photography Studio/Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through Sept 30.
Boys, boys, boys. Chadsey's got a shirtless, Elvis-inspired guy, he's got a young man reclining on a bed. He's flirting dangerously with a less primitivist version of Elizabeth Peyton (Chadsey, unlike Peyton, can actually draw), leaving his drawings no ironic/naive veils to hide behind. Those boys are cute, though. Opening reception Thurs Sept 7, 6-8 pm. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Sept 30.
A new installation examining wanderlust, entitled Greener Pastures. Opening reception Fri Sept 8, 5-8 pm. NWAAT's Raw Gallery, 409 Seventh Ave S, 340-1445. Through Sept 29.
JEREMY EATON, KEVIN SCHLOSSER, KURT SCHLOSSER
I Love Television illustrator Jeremy Eaton displays odd photographs of small figurines in plants, with names like Tiny Boy in His Tree. 519 NW 43rd St. Sat Sept 9 ONLY.
*THE EL CAMINO EFFECT
A new space opens in Ballard, run by and featuring a collective drawn largely from the remains of Pioneer Square's Project 416. Leslie Clague, Patrick Holderfield, Steve Veatch, Blair Wilson, and others examine the mysterious El Camino Effect, wherein new objects are created through the juxtaposition of two existing objects. See Stranger Suggests. Opening reception Sat Sept 9, 6 pm to midnight. Fuzzy Engine, 2801 Market St, 720-1767. Through Oct 28.
CARYN FRIEDLANDER, ED MUSANTE
Friedlander shows oil pastel on paper, Musante shows birds and small mammals painted on cigar boxes and bird covers. Cute yes, meaningful... dunno. Opening reception Sun Sept 10, 2-4 pm. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Oct 1.
Digital prints of figures and natural things, meant to suggest, by their distortion, ancient runes. Opening reception Fri Sept 8, 6-8 pm. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Sept 29.
In Fear and Sartorial Isolation, Jameson works with clothing forms, then massively tweaks them: Forty-foot-long sleeves, media like crystallized sugar, and so on. It's meant to explore clothing's relationship with fear and self-protection. Opening reception Thurs Sept 7, 6-8 pm. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave #200, 296-7580. Through Sept 29.
The photos are female nudes, the embroidery over them is insects. The last touch of color is Jaye's own blood. It's about female body modification, it's about entomology, and there seems to be a reference to the wounds inflicted by traditional women's work. Mixed bag. Opening reception Thurs Sept 7, 6-9 pm. FotoCircle Gallery, 216 Alaskan Way S, 624-2645. Through Sept 30.
MICHAEL KENNA, ROCKY SCHENCK
Two photographers working in low-light situations. Kenna's here to show prints from his new book, Nightwork, including a stunning night image of a pair of fountains in Russia, the water plumes glowing in the long-exposure blur. Schenck's photos are interiors--family scenes, to be precise. Opens Thurs Sept 7. Reception and book signing Sat Sept 23, 3-5 pm. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson #200, 587-4033. Through Oct 21.
In his first Seattle show, WigglyWorld's Lucas gives us images of airplanes and aerial photography, intending to "create a multiple-perspective sense of movement and transition." Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Through Oct 15.
*ROBERT MOTHERWELL, ROBERT HELM
Two Bobs--one local, one dead. Motherwell's colossal output of collage prints is sampled, giving us a taste for his intuitive grasp of abstract composition. Helm's prints gather 16 of the dream-symbol images that much of the artist's landscape paintings draw on. Opening reception Thurs Sept 7, 6-8 pm. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Sept 30.
GARY NISBET, RANDY HAYES
Nisbet's collage-on-canvas works are a familiar sight, flirting perilously close to the decorative, but often turning up a few exciting juxtapositions. Randy Hayes' technique of painting over groups of snapshots from his travels has a similar hit-miss ratio, but his hits are home runs. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Sept 30.
NO BOUNDARIES X
This is the 10th anniversary of this juried show featuring work by artists with disabilities. The show will be traveling to other cities in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. Opening reception Sat Sept 9, 5-7 pm. Harrison Street Gallery, Center House, Seattle Center, 443-1843. Through Oct 31.
In The Wreck of the New Carissa, painter Pander shows off a series of seven large canvases that read like modern updates of Gericault or Friedrichs. Taking as his subject the freighter that ran aground in Oregon in 1999, split in two, and added thousands of gallons of fuel to the local ecosystem, Pander obsessively commemorates the disaster. Lining his skies in pinks and blues, lighting the metal hulk dramatically, Pander ironically deploys the full arsenal of Romantic tricks to make disturbingly beautiful scenes from a sordid disaster. Opening reception Thurs Sept 7, 6-8 pm. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Sept 30.
The sculptor once worked with Isamu Noguchi, and the influence is readily apparent. Still, Uchida's work with marble and granite, with its precise compositions and rough/smooth juxtapositions, has enough grace to stand alone. Opens Thurs Sept 7, 6-8 pm. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main, 667-9572. Through Oct 7.
Baril trains his lens on the floral world, in a way that's not entirely new--the suggestive nature of flowers has been documented to death by Georgia O'Keeffe, and also by Robert Mapplethorpe, with whom Baril collaborated. The prints are pretty, though: clear and pure, and tinted in a bath of tea. Winston Wächter Fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through Oct 7.
*LEO SAUL BERK, WILLIAM HARRIS
If you've had it up to here with abstract art, I recommend a big dose of Leo Berk. His wood constructions leap over the cognitive disjoint between real and abstract, with solidly familiar material cut and glued and veneered into something strange and new. Harris' paintings look at color that hasn't quite mixed; the paint is layered and squeegeed to create a textured surface, with an eerie luminous glow as the happy result. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Sept 9.
The paintings are abstract--layers of paint that alternately merge and resist each other--but there's a pleasant suggestion of the world, a whiff of Gerhard Richter's blurred landscapes. Trapeze Gallery, 1130 34th Ave, 329-3363. Through Oct 6.
Take a stroll through Greer's landscape of animals, re-upholstered trees, and rich colors. It's part Frankenstein, part petting zoo. SOIL Artist Cooperative, 1205 Pike St, 264-8061. Through Sept 24.
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. Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through Sept 24.
Bright new paintings, in a series called Butterfly Jokes. Two Bells Tavern, 2313 Fourth Ave, 441-3050. Through Oct 5.
Rock music photography by Diona J. Mavis and C. Taylor in exactly the right venue. See Bio Box. Crocodile Cafe, 2200 Second Ave, 448-2114. Through Sept 30.
You should at least know what their work looks like. A show of works by Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, Paul Horiuchi, Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, William Ivey, and James Washington Jr. Kurt Lidtke Gallery, 318 Second Ave S, 623-5082. Through Sept 30.
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 former; in this case he's put hundreds of tin cans, opened at both ends, in a window at 911. 911 Media Arts Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Sept 17.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST NEEDLE ART GUILD
With so much talk about women's work and the use of sewing in fine art, it's probably not a bad idea to spend some time looking at the real thing. The Guild members are showing all manner of needlework, from quilts to rugs to machine embroidery. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. Through Oct 27.
VARIETY OF LIFE
Work by photographers associated with the Reach project--an association supporting homeless and formerly homeless artists. Boomtown Cafe, 513 Third Ave, 625-2989. Through Sept 30.
*BALLARD ARTS FEAST
There's not a neighborhood in central Seattle that doesn't think it has enough art spaces to make a monthly art walk out of it. Ballard, trying to pitch the second Saturday of each month as a good reason to hop on the #44 bus, may actually be on the brink of joining Pioneer Square as a place worthy of such an event. Decide for yourself at Ballard Arts Feast 2000, a day-long festival on Ballard Avenue from noon to 10 pm on Sat Sept 9. Music by the Living Daylights at 3 pm, other performers include the Typing Explosion, Aiko Shimada, the Daughters of Joy, and Still House. For information, contact Black Lab Gallery, 781-2392.