BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-3322
* 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° mural of geometric shapes. Through Nov 25.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST ANNUAL 2001
Traditionally one of the best local annuals, this year juried by Sue Spaid, curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. With works by 41 regional artists. Through Jan 6, 2002.
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.
WITNESS AND LEGACY: CONTEMPORARY ART ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST
How can art represent tragedy on a grand scale? What can be derived from it? What can be learned? Answers--perhaps--here. Through Jan 13, 2002.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280
* JEFFRY MITCHELL: HANABUKI
In Hanabuki, ideas abound: 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 staggered rotating exhibitions that includes work from the permanent collection, commissioned projects, and installations. Through May 12, 2002.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: WOMEN
Photographs of women from all walks of life. 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 ordinary. Through Jan 6, 2002.
Insisting on the delicacy of glass, Skibska stretches it into intricate webs. Through Feb 17, 2002.
WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY MUSEUM
1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, (888) 238-4373
STUFF AND JUNK: THE STORY OF A BRICOLEUR
An assemblage by Eastern Washington sculptor Harold Balazs, who was recently designated one of Washington's "Living Treasures" by the people who designate those kinds of things. He's best known for his public art, enormous gatelike structures in enamel, metal, and concrete, but is also part of this state's fine-art heritage. Through Sept 2002.
Fine Arts Complex, Western Washington University, Bellingham, (360) 650-3900
Art and plants, with work by some top-notch artists including Kiki Smith, Alexis Rockman, David Wojnarowicz, Darren Waterston, and others. Through Dec 1.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM
407 Seventh Ave S, 623-5124
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 recreating the working conditions of Asian immigrant workers can. Through Feb 2002.
Buchanan's paintings are both patterned and chaotic, giving the unusual impression of movement and stillness at the same time. Opening reception Thurs Nov 1, 6-8 pm. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Dec 22.
PAT DE CARO
Works on paper in a series called Telling Stories. Opening reception Sun Nov 4, 2-4 pm. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Dec 2.
Twelve new paintings of people doing things in places, all of it unsettling. Opening reception Thurs Nov 1, 6-8 pm. Eyre/Moore Gallery, 913 Western Ave, 624-5596. Through Dec 1.
Erwitt's photographs fall into that interesting space between art and kitsch: They're so familiar that they seem like advertisements for themselves. You'll recognize many of the images by this Magnum photographer. Artist lecture and opening reception Tues Nov 6 at 6:30 pm, $10. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Dec 21.
TOM E. HALL, ERIN SHAFKIND
Hall's Industrial Portrait Series contains deft ink-and-gouache sketches of defunct and ignored industrial areas; with Shafkind's Green Pea Land. Opening reception Fri Nov 2, 7-11 pm. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through Nov 29.
Some of the best of Seattle's underground unite for big, squooshy, interactive sculpture by Paul Davies, Leslie Clague, Sean Vale, Sarah Morris, and Rachel Johnston. With sound by Mark Johnson and video by Brent Watanabe. Opening reception Sat Nov 3, 7-10 pm. SOIL Art Gallery, 1205 E Pike St, 264-8061. Through Nov 25.
ANDREW KEATING, JOHN STAMETS
Between them, Keating and Stamets offer views of architecture both sexy and funny. Keating's paintings of buildings have absurd and slightly cute human qualities, and Stamets' photographs show the gorgeousness of buildings under construction. Opening reception Thurs Nov 1, 6-8 pm. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Dec 1.
* WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, KATHRYN VAN DYKE
Lest we forget that terrorist regimes are not confined to the mountains of Afghanistan, Kentridge's prints and drawings give emotional and elegant testimony to the state of things in South Africa. With an installation of mirrors by Van Dyke. Opening reception Thurs Nov 1, 6-8 pm. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Dec 1.
Architectural works. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through Dec 6.
MATTHEW LANDKAMMER, BRIAN NOVATNY, KATHLEEN RABEL
All visual categories covered. Landkammer's surfaces are minimalist color studies with unexpected depth; he layers each panel with glaze until the colors shimmer like a hallucination. With Novatny's new paintings of detached and alienated people, and Rabel's patterned works. Opening reception Thurs Nov 1, 6-8 pm. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Dec 1.
* KAREN LIEBOWITZ
See Stranger Suggests. Big, luxurious, complicated paintings on Jewishness and history and storytelling. Opening reception Thurs Nov 1, 6-8 pm. King County Gallery, 506 Second Ave, room 200, 296-7580. Through Nov 30.
JOE H. MOORE
Photographs taken with thrift-store cameras. Opening reception Tues Nov 6, 6-8 pm. Little Theatre Gallery, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Through Dec 15.
Chinese brush script in red, gold, and black. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Dec 6.
Artist Michael O'Malley curated this interesting show about artists and popular culture: resisting it, incorporating it, feeling its pressure. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, Kirkland, (425) 822-7161. Through Nov 16.
Bowden paints on birchwood, which creates an unexpected and dynamic relationship between the plane and its line. Rather mod, in a way. Cut Kulture, 2018 First Ave, 683-3809. Through Nov 10.
In Things Among Others, Desgenétez displays interpretive re-creations of functional objects, such as a look back at her girlhood striped socks. Bubba-Mavis Gallery, 1158 Eastlake Ave E, 405-3223. Through Nov 9.
If it looks like a duck, is it still necessarily a duck? Twenty-five local artists show forgeries--inciting all sorts of philosophical questions about value. Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475. Through Nov 19.
FOTOCIRCLE MEMBERS EXHIBITION
With work by Carl Lierman, Rick Jones, Karen Howard, Lou Cuevas, Jerry Simon, Jackie Ransier, Steve Laskevitch, and Carla Fraga. FotoCircle Gallery, 562 First Ave S, 3rd floor, 624-2645. Through Dec 1.
First solo show in the Northwest of paintings by a much-lauded-by-people-in-New-York artist. Chrissa's Wine Bar, 1013 E Pike St, 726-3422. Through Nov 4.
Silver prints on fiber, eponymously hanging like Laundry. Little Theatre Gallery, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Through Nov 3.
JON HOWE, JOSHUA WEINTRAUB
(My profuse apologies to Weintraub, who was previously listed as "Joshua Geoffrey," a name I seemed to have pulled out of my unconscious, for some reason.) Bodies, bodies, bodies, distorted through emotion, mixed media, and reality. The Li'l Red Shack Gallery, 1028 First Ave S, 621-7807. Through Nov 11.
Surprisingly good Cubist-style still lifes. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873. Through Nov 30.
* KUSTOM PURSE
Retail: the new future of art galleries. This show, curated by artist Elizabeth Jameson, features purses created by 30 of my favorite artists. These are not your average accessories: Prepare to have your mind bent, at least a little. Kuhlman Clothing, 2419 First Ave, 441-1999. Through Nov 29.
LINEFORMCOLOR: FROM HARD-EDGE ABSTRACTION TO ARCHITECTURE
With the gallery's regular artists and a few guests. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Nov 24.
LOS ALTARES: UNA CELEBRACI"N DEL DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
For all of you who skipped the romance languages, that's Altars: A Celebration of Day of the Dead. It's a window installation--presented as an introduction to ¡Mira! Festival de Cine y Video Latino--by Carlos Durán with Barbara DePirro, Rebeca Rabbit, Luis Sanchez, and Nora Sidione-Brown. 911 Media Arts Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Nov 4.
Leslie Straka channels her ideas about history, gender, and art through historical fashion in the Rental/Sales Gallery window. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Nov 4.
BEVERLY RAYNER, DEBRA GOLDMAN
With photographs, found objects, and various materials, Rayner delivers her take on Genetic Decoder & Other Pseudoscientific Explorations; in Mapping, Goldman explores the act and consequences of folding. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson St, Suite 200, 587-4033. Through Nov 17.
* PETER ROSTOVSKY
New York artist Rostovsky asked people he'd never met to send him descriptions of themselves, and then painted portraits from their words. This calls the whole idea of portraiture into question: how much the artist brings to the project; how the language, the very syntax, of the description influences the image; what, in the end, portraits are for. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Nov 24.
* SAVAGE ILLUSTRATIONS
Blatant conflict-of-interest alert! Illustrations by Stranger Art Director Joe Newton, as seen in Dan Savage's column Savage Love. But that doesn't mean it ain't great! The Rose Club, 3601 S McClellan St (Beacon Hill). For info e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Through Dec 1.
SCANNER AND TONNE
In Sound Polaroids: Re-Mapping the Hidden Sounds of London, musician Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) and U.K. graphic artist Paul Farrington (Tonne) collected familiar London sounds. These sounds, and the sites they come from, create a synesthetic memory map. Originally commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Fisher Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts, Kerry Hall, 710 E Roy St, 726-5011. Through Nov 9.
TAKE MY PICTURE
Work from 60 emerging artists, each of them an advanced-certificate student at PCN. At the Nov 3 party, everyone goes home with one of the photographs for a measly $125 ticket. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Nov 3.
JAMISON TAYLOR, QUINCY QUIGG, JOSEPH WARTES
In Also Known As (AKA), three artists take their graffiti styles off the streets and onto the canvas. Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through Dec 9.
HAMID ZAVAREEI, REBECCA LUNCAN, NIKKI McCLURE, BEN MEEKER
High points here are Luncan's paintings on metal (I've seen a tiny painting of a clitoris on a U.S. quarter dollar) and McClure's cut-paper constructions. Commencement Art Gallery, 902 Commerce, Tacoma, (253) 591-5341. Through Nov 8.
THEATRE OF SOUND
Four Vancouver multimedia artists do their performance thing with sound, video, music, theater, and Greco-Roman wrestling with inanimate objects. The artists are David Yonge, Shawn Bristow, Nicole Dale, and Yellow Diablo. Thurs Nov 1 at 7:30 pm. For information contact the Little Theatre at 675-2055.