BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-3322
* DUANE HANSON
Hanson's sculptures are the original double-take experience: Cast from human models and dressed in actual clothes, they are almost always mistaken for real people in a crowd until the rest of the crowd moves away. BAM is fortunate to have 15 of Hanson's works for mindfuck purposes. Through Sept 30.
* MARY HENRY
Quietly, gradually, Whidbey Island artist Henry has gained a following in Seattle with her geometric abstract paintings. No Limits is a surround-sound kind of art, a 360-degree mural of geometric shapes. Through Nov 25.
A set of six multimedia installations by Wendy Hanson, each exploring ideas about identity and shared experience. Hanson has based these works on the excellently flamboyant sisters Annette Cohn and Florine Falk, longtime volunteers at BAM and a lot of fun to have at art openings. Through Oct 14.
University of Washington Campus, 543-5590
THE ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON'S LEGENDARY ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
The adventure story that should have ended adventure travel forever: Ernest Shackleton's ship was trapped in the ice of the Weddell Sea, and he and his crew survived two polar winters (freezing cold and night all the time) and a rescue mission in a tiny open boat. The miracle? No one died. Makes you feel kind of wimpy, eh? This is the exhibition that opened at the Museum of Natural History in New York--stark, amazing photographs, plus film footage and journal excerpts. Through Dec 31.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250
NORTHWEST VIEWS: SELECTIONS FROM THE SAFECO COLLECTION
SAFECO has been one of the most voracious collectors of local artists for almost 30 years. Here, a selection of figurative works. Through Nov 4.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280
* JEFFRY MITCHELL: HANABUKI
In Hanabuki--a word which Mitchell has constructed to mean "snowing flowers"--ideas swirl around the viewer like gentle winds: contemplation vs. participation, fragments vs. whole, East vs. West, puns, bears, movement. It's a two-level installation loosely tied to ideas of heaven and earth, with a fur-lined cave below and clean white ikebana above. Through Jan 6, 2002.
* SHORT STORIES
A series of rotating exhibitions that includes work from the permanent collection, commissioned projects, and installations. Over the course of the next year, the North Galleries will feature art by Ernesto Neto, George Stoll, Chris Finley, and other recognized and lesser-known artists. Through May 12, 2002.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100
FIRST PERSON SINGULAR
Works that feature a lone figure, with contributions from Chuck Close, Catherine Opie, and Anselm Kiefer (from the museum's permanent collection) as well as John Currin and Francesco Clemente (on loan). Neat idea. Through Jan 2, 2002.
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: WOMEN
Photographs of women from all walks of life, presented not as an argument, but a document of where women are now. Leibovitz gained her high profile with her Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair covers, but these images are anything but sensational; rather they are quiet, powerful, and even--in the most heroic sense--ordinary. Through Jan 6, 2002.
Insisting on the delicacy of glass (something I think we forget here in Studio-Glass world), Skibska stretches it into intricate webs. Polish-born, Seattle-residing, and Pilchuck-teaching, she brings a much-needed sophistication to the medium. Through Feb 17, 2002.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM
407 Seventh Ave S, 623-5124
FIGURE, STRUCTURE, NATURE
A selection of contemporary Asian work from the collection of the Seattle Arts Commission. Through Oct 14.
IF TIRED HANDS COULD TALK: STORIES OF ASIAN GARMENT WORKERS
Tired hands can't talk--but a series of videos, oral history interviews, and an installation re-creating the working conditions of Asian immigrant workers can. Through February, 2002.
* NEW WORKS LABORATORY 2001
See Stranger Suggests. Co-presented by 911 Media Arts Center and the Henry Art Gallery, the New Works Laboratory features traditional-media artists paired with new-media artists: Phil Roach and Jennifer West; Donnabelle Casis and Dave Hanagan; and Susan Robb and R. Eugene Parnell. Opening reception Sat Sept 29, 6-9 pm. New City Theater, First Christian Church, 1632 Broadway, 682-6552. Through Oct 24.
Pop style and social commentary. Enjoy your coffee! Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through Oct 3.
Paintings inspired by jazz and the spirit of improvisation. Nico Gallery, 619 Western Ave, 264-1710. Through Sept 30.
* JIM BLANCHARD, GLENN BARR
If you haven't seen Blanchard's sticker paintings yet, get your heinie down there now. With new paintings from Barr. Roq La Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Oct 13.
MARK A. K. BOISSY
Boissy is a Senegalese artist currently living in Paris. His work involves cutting directly into the canvas, and then painting totemic images on top. Mwoyo Arts, 1125 Pike St, 223-0908. Through Oct 29.
An interesting paradox: the use of moving pictures (in this case, video) to contemplate the idea of stillness. This installation is a new version of one shown last year at Tacoma's Commencement Gallery. Cornish College of the Arts, Fisher Gallery, Kerry Hall, 710 E Roy St, 726-5066. Through Sept 29.
* SQUEAK CARNWATH
Layers upon layers of text and images, resulting in work that is busy but still somehow meditative. The paintings and drawings in this exhibition ruminate on the idea of happiness. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Oct 13.
CELEBRATION AND VISION: THE HEWITT COLLECTION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
One of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in the country. Bank of America Gallery, 701 Fifth Ave, 3rd floor, 585-3200. Through Oct 26.
ART CHANTRY'S THEATER POSTERS
Chantry is almost single-handedly responsible for the graphic style that screams out early '90s indie culture. Here is a selection of his posters for theater events. Elliott Bay Gallery 101, 101 S Main St, 682-6664. Through Oct 2.
In L'Intime et L'Anonyme, Cognée explores ambiguous cityscapes in encaustic. Winston Wächter Fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through Oct 10.
ESPÍRITU DE M:XICO
Seven contemporary photographers explore, as the title suggests, the spirit of Mexico. Far from being a set of pre-seen images, they revel in the country's diverse cultures. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Sept 29.
Five artists investigate painting in all its forms: abstract, pattern, portrait, and the kind that bleeds over into sculpture. The artists are Joline Abbadessa, Jenny Carcia, Matt Hemmer, Margie Livingston, and Brian Sharp. SOIL Artist Cooperative, 1205 E Pike St, 264-8061. Through Sept 30.
Images of trees in Deeply Rooted. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Oct 4.
MILTON H. GREENE, MADAME YEVONDE
The theme this month is classic portraits: From the '40s through the '60s Greene photographed the world's iconic movie stars, including some informal portraits of Marilyn Monroe, who lived with him and his family in Connecticut. British photographer Yevonde focused, during her 60-year career, on women. Benham Photography, 1216 First Ave, 622-6383. Through Oct 27.
Gronek's "chemical paintings" depend on the kind of alchemy that happens when patinas are applied to metal. The result is vaguely Pompeiian, crossed with '60s pop patterns. Velocity Art and Design, 2206 Queen Anne Ave N #201, 781-9494. Through Oct 17.
* MARY GROSS, MEGHAN TRAINOR
Trainor continues her investigation of the definition of humanness with a set of 23 children's blocks (representing the 23 human chromosomes). Gross graces her landscapes with abstract marks. Oseao Gallery, 1402 E Pike (above the Artificial Limb Co.), 568-0291. Through Sept 30.
Rockabilly culture celebrated in the heart of the scene: a stone's throw from Hattie's and the Tractor. Black Lab Gallery & Parlour, 5208 Ballard Ave NW, 781-2393. Through Oct 10.
RICH LEHL, REID BANNECKER
Reviewed this issue. Lehl's paintings have the storybook precision and casual mystery of German artist Michael Sowa's work. Bannecker, on the other hand, wears his process on his sleeve, with big, expressive, iconic portraits. Eyre/Moore Gallery, 913 Western Ave, 624-5596. Through Sept 29.
Lierman, the co-founder of the FotoCircle Gallery (which is currently on hiatus), is showing photo-collages inspired by Surrealist techniques. Sometimes they're disturbingly distorted, other times oddly right. Mary Vitold Gallery, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through Sept 29.
BETH LO, ELIZABETH SANDVIG
It's all the rage these days to combine Western and Asian themes in contemporary art; Lo's vehicle of choice is ceramics--sexy-shaped vessels with images that are part cartoon, part traditional calligraphic imagery. With animal paintings by Sandvig. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Sept 30.
* NIKKI McCLURE
McClure's cut-paper works are nothing short of miraculous. Lipstick Traces, 500 E Pine St, 329-2813. Through Sept 30.
MRS. X, TEXTures
Leslie Straka channels her ideas about history, gender, and art through historical fashion in the Rental/Sales Gallery window; the exhibition inside explores the combination of words and images. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Oct 13 (TEXTures) and Nov 4 (Mrs. X).
New "whazzizit" paintings from the master. Ask him what they are; he loves that. Crocodile Cafe, 2200 Second Ave, 448-2114. Through Sept 30.
NU TRANSMISSIONS: EVOLUTION 2001
Nu Tribes is the only artist group in Seattle that focuses its energies on artists of color and the issues they face. This group show features the work of past and current members Keith Murakama, Sultan Mohammed, Angelena McQuarter, Eddie Hill, Roger Mitchell, Elizabeth Johnson, Consuela Urioula, Cyreeta Mitchell, Theaster Gates, Antjuan Oden, Lauren Holloway, and Becky Laird. Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S Main St, 328-2200. Through Oct 12.
* JOSEPH PARK, MARK TAKAMICHI MILLER
New work from two of Seattle's (very different) power painters. Park's work (which will be seen in this year's Gwang-ju Biennale) takes as its starting point the highly formal paintings of artists such as Ingres and Rockwell, and then inhabits them with animal figures. The effect is eerie and also childish--the kind of fear inspired by things you know are fake. By contrast, Miller's new paintings were inspired by a forgotten packet of developed film from Costco. Without knowing the subjects or determining the composition, Miller turns these snapshots into something quite abstract. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Oct 20.
* MARION PECK
Reviewed this issue. New paintings in a show called Dream Journal. Also showing: paintings by Adrienne Sherman and lithographs by Marc Chagall. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Sept 29.
* CHARLES PETERSON
Peterson travels the world looking for images, but his work rises above the usual gratuitous Orientalism. He's as likely to see the visual potential in a shabbily modern airport as in a rice-paper panel. Victrola, 411 15th Ave E, 325-6520. Through Sept 30.
Fifteen artists think visually about color--not as obvious a topic as you might think. With gallery regulars (including Toots Zynsky, Lanny Bergner, and the sublime Richard Marquis) and invited guests (including Dante Marioni, Randy McCoy, and Big-Gun Chihuly). Elliott Brown Gallery, 215 Westlake Ave, 340-8000. Through Oct 6.
Juried this year by Pegram Harrison of Echo Press. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, Kirkland, (425) 822-7161. Through Sept 28.
In Abstractions and Attractions, Ross uses color to yank at the eyes in his monotypes. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through Sept 27.
New paintings featuring explosive, psychedelic bursts of color laid over childlike drawings and images. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Oct 16.
Two entirely different artists who sabotaged their work for entirely different reasons of self-preservation. Maria Cordova photographed images of torture and destruction in Cartagena; she disappeared, leaving behind 13 prints covered in ink. Erik Strickland glued his paintings together with carpet adhesive for reasons that aren't clear--perhaps aesthetic self-preservation?--but just as disturbing. Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475. Through Oct 7.
The title is Preparations and the subject is grooming. Smith absolutely captures the strange faces we women make when putting on lipstick and plucking our eyebrows. Neoillusionist Gallery in the Last Supper Club, 124 S Washington St, 748-9975. Through Sept 30.
JIM STOCCARDO, MOLLY NORRIS CURTIS, FRED MUNRO
Recent works from each artist. Atelier 31, 122 Central Way, Kirkland, (425) 576-1477. Through Oct 9.
ERIK STOTIK, NORWOOD VIVIANO, NANCY BLUM
An embarrassment of riches at Esther Claypool this month: precise and ambiguous narratives from Stotik, a paraffin installation from Viviano, and meticulous pattern drawings from Blum. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Sept 29.
* TERRY WINTERS
For some reason, printmaking is often regarded as a poorer cousin to the "real" fine arts, perhaps because much of it doesn't tell us anything about the relationship of the chosen media to the work's content. Two sets of Winters' prints, Morula and Folio, look closely at the relationship between the plate, the paper, and the series as a whole. These prints are also currently being shown at a Winters retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-4031. Through Sept 29.
A sculptural installation of shapes Zebold cuts out of steel with fire. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Sept 29.
A two-days-only show of gleefully gay art sponsored by Queercore (whose website will feature the works for a month following the show). Opening reception Fri Sept 28, 7-10 pm (with poetry, music, the works); and then gallery hours on Sat Sept 29. At Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. For more information: www.queercore.org.
BREWTOWN ARTS @ GEORGETOWN STUDIO TOUR
Everything. Every single kind of art. Sat Sept 29 and Sun Sept 30, 11 am to 6 pm, in the buildings between 5503 and 6251 Airport Way S.