BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-3322
J.D. BELTRAN: THE MAKING OF A PORTRAIT
A series of five multimedia portraits created during the artist's residency at BAM. Through Dec 1.
* MARY HENRY
LAST CHANCE! 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 it is 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
THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION
Paintings and drawings by Fechin, Bongart, and Gaspard. Through Feb 17, 2002.
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. Work currently featured includes photographed drawings in sugar, chocolate, and dirt by Vik Muniz. Through May 12, 2002.
Contemporary Japanese art in the pop art vein, from work influenced by comics culture (manga and anime) to erotic doodles and weirdly blank photography. Superflat was curated by artist Takashi Murakami--of the wonderful Mr. DOB and a recent balloon installation in New York's Grand Central Terminal--who nurses a theory that the privileging of line over form is nothing new in Japanese art, but rather looks back to 14th-century scrolls, screens, and paintings. Through March 3, 2002.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100
MORRIS GRAVES AND SEATTLE
An exhibition that concentrates on Graves' early career, and takes as its thread the artist's relationship with the Pacific Northwest. Through Oct 20, 2002.
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.
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, best known for his public art: enormous gate-like structures in enamel, metal, and concrete. 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.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200
A CELEBRATION OF ABSTRACT ART
From the Wrights' collection, with work by Sol Le Witt, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Gerhard Richter, and others. Ongoing run.
See Stranger Suggests. In the spirit of the holidays, an oblique take on stuff and its acquisition. With work by Christian French, Dylan Neuwirth, and Jennifer McNeely, all three of whose work incorporates the double-take, the huh?, the slippery wicket. (Also featured: Rich American Brand, Christine Taylor, P.A.N.-Lab Industries, and not bad for a girl productions.) Opens Fri Nov 23, 3 pm-midnight. Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475. Through Dec 23.
* IOLE ALESSANDRINI
Alessandrini is 911 Media Arts Center's current Artist in Residence, and her stay culminates in an installation in First Christian Church's sanctuary. Known for installations that create light fields in odd places, Alessandrini here concentrates on the equation of light and revelation. First Christian Church, 1632 Broadway. Call 682-6552 for viewing hours. Through Dec 8.
Amundson creates lenses from everyday objects such as water bottles, and with them explores the gap between an object and its image. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 748-9282. Through Jan 7.
Buchanan's paintings are both patterned and chaotic, giving the unusual impression of movement and stillness at the same time. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Dec 22.
Painting and installation featuring weird little figures. Independent Media Center Gallery, 1415 Third Ave, 262-0721. Through Dec 1.
RENEE CORTESE, POLLY PURVIS, EVA SKÖLD WESTERLIND, TYLER CUFLEY
Good stuff: personal-item assemblage from Cortese, marionette photography from Purvis and Westerlind, and an installation from Cufley. Commencement Art Gallery, 902 Commerce St, Tacoma, (253) 592-5341. Through Dec 13.
PAT de CARO
Works on paper in a series called Telling Stories. 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. Eyre/Moore Gallery, 913 Western Ave, 624-5596. Through Dec 1.
MARK DITZLER, BILL AND DONITA DAVIES, DEBORAH BIGELOW-JOHNSON
Glass and more glass. Columbia City Gallery, 4916 Rainier Ave S, 760-9843. Through Jan 15, 2002.
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. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Dec 21.
I have no idea what this show is about, and there was another Familiar about a month ago--no relation, I think. Intriguing manifesto, though, including the sincere sentiment, "Our hypocrisy doesn't escape us (often)." What the hell--try it out. Cut Kulture Gallery, 2018 First Ave, 374-8753. Through Dec 15.
New photographs. Joe Bar, 810 E Roy St, 324-0407. Through Dec 5.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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 absolutely awesome installation of mirrors by Van Dyke. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Dec 1.
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.
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. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Dec 1.
* KAREN LIEBOWITZ
Big, luxurious, complicated paintings on Jewishness and history and storytelling. King County Gallery, 506 Second Ave, room 200, 296-7580. Through Nov 30.
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.
All right, strictly speaking, it's a store and not an exhibition. But we could argue semantics all day. This is former gallery owner Linda Farris' holiday enterprise, and it's a very, very dangerous place--filled with the newest, hippest art, clothing, and beautifully designed objects. Linda Farris LOOK, 3425 E Denny Way, 322-0994. Through Dec 30.
FELIX MacNEE, PAUL SPENCER
Two San Francisco artists are showing a total of 1,000 drawings, created in blocks of 14, in sessions that explore imagination and its derivatives. Proceeds from this Herculean show benefit National Disaster Relief. With paintings by Chris Dougherty and some amazing new paint-and-ink-on-glass works by Marc Lindsay. Nico Gallery, 619 Western Ave, 2nd floor, 264-1710. Through Nov 30.
JNUDES AND NOTS
Humans, as photographed by Regina and Brian Daigneault, Vincent T. Brown, and Melissa Sands. Chrissa's Wine Bar, 1013 E Pike St, 726-3422. Through Dec 2.
An investigation into the tension between planning and random events--using dots and grids and math. Paramount Cafe, 911 Pine St, 621-8376. Through Dec 7.
Chinese brush script in red, gold, and black. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Dec 6.
A sound and video installation by Heather Dew Oaksen and Norie Sato, who investigated simultaneous 10-second pockets of time at opposite ends of the world through film. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Jan 4.
* 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; and 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 email@example.com. Through Dec 1.
* MICHAEL SCHULTHEIS
In White Matrix, Schultheis continues his visual exploration of mathematics. Patricia Cameron Fine Art, 108 S Jackson St, #207, 343-9647. Through Dec 20.
SEATTLE COLLECTS 2001
The Seattle Arts Commission's Seattle Collects program acquires work for the city's portable works collection. This year's honorees are Jennifer Dixon, Dai Giang, Tom Hall, Mary Iverson, Joel Lee, Victoria Haven, Blake Haygood, and Glenn Rudolph. The Gallery, Key Tower Building (Cherry St and Fifth Ave), 3rd floor, 684-7312. Through Jan 11, 2002.
* RAMONA SOLBERG
Solberg is like everyone's wacky art teacher: she takes some single item from her horde of found objects and makes crazy--sometimes crazy-beautiful--jewelry out of it. This exhibition has a lovely new catalogue to accompany it. Bank of America Gallery, 701 Fifth Ave, 3rd floor, 585-3200. Through Dec 14.
The Subsonic Backbone Series. Jem Studios, in All City Coffee, 1205 S Vale St, 767-7146. Through Dec 1.
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.
* SHAWN WOLFE, JEFF KLEINSMITH
Two graphic artists who have elevated the workhorse of design into the realm of real art. Wolfe is the man behind the useless branding exercise Beatkit and the Installer/Remover. Kleinsmith is best known for his posters. Roq La Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Dec 10.
Blurred landscape paintings--as if seen through the windshield of a moving car--from an Indonesian-born artist. Raw Gallery, Northwest Asian American Theatre, 409 Seventh Ave, 340-1445. Through Nov 30.
See Stranger Suggests. Lots and lots of prints by really very good artists. Weds Nov 28 and Thurs Nov 29, 12-5 pm. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770.
In a masterstroke of talking around genre boundaries, this work has been described as a "visual opera" about the lives of the saints. It's by Sarah Harlett, a longtime Seattle performer. Nov 23-25, 8 pm, at the Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave, 675-2055.