BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, (425) 454-3322
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.
* SHAPING STORIES
An odd and oddly beautiful little show about narrative, with work by some good local artists (R. Eugene Parnell, Phil Roach) and some tremendously good artists from elsewhere (Paul Pfieffer, Bill Viola), and a brand-new installation from the Typing Explosion. Through March 10.
* ROGER SHIMOMURA: AN AMERICAN DIARY
The subject of the World War II-era internment of Japanese Americans is one that Shimomura has visited time and time again. In An American Diary, and another series, Memories of Childhood, he discards his references to traditional Japanese prints and opts for a comic-book format that is at the same time more accessible and more eerie. Through March 24. A selection of newer works will be shown through March 10.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250
THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION
Paintings and drawings by Fechin, Bongart, and Gaspard. Through Feb 17.
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.
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.
* SHORT STORIES
A series of staggered rotating exhibitions that includes work from the Henry's permanent collection, commissioned projects, and installations. Work currently featured includes photographed drawings in sugar, chocolate, and dirt by Vik Muniz. Through May 12.
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.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
3014 67th St NW, 789-3271
Photographs of abandoned homesteads, which bring to mind that quote about all buildings being future ruins. Through Jan 13.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100
* DUTCH AND BRITISH MASTERWORKS
While Cincinnati's Taft Museum is closed for renovation, it's loaning us 10 works from such artists as Frans Hals, J. M. W. Turner, Jan Steen, and Pieter de Hooch. The Dutch paintings are gorgeous, gorgeous examples of the precise, slightly-gone-to-rot genre scenes that characterized the Northern Renaissance and beyond, and Turner, of course, is sublime. Through Feb 2003.
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.
Insisting on the delicacy of glass, Skibska stretches it into intricate webs. Through Feb 17.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
1123 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, (253) 272-4258
ART FOR THE MASSES
A selection from the over 400 works that make up Carolyn Schneider's collection of Associated American Artists prints. These were works made available during the Depression and World War II, a kind of social experiment with inexpensive art made for everyone. Through March 30.
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.
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 re-creating the working conditions of Asian immigrant workers can. Through Feb 2002.
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.
* HELEN GAMBLE
Gamble rarely fails to make her sculpture take up space--weighty, striking, hard to ignore. Opening reception Thurs Dec 20, 5-8 pm. Commencement Art Gallery, 902 Commerce St, Tacoma, (253) 591-5341. Through Jan 10.
Comics-influenced art--including some watercolor--on cold-press illustration board. Opening reception Fri Dec 21, 6-10 pm. Cut Kulture Gallery, 2018 First Ave, 374-8753. Through Feb 1.
* GARTH AMUNDSON
In this window installation are a couple of dozen cameras outfitted with hand-sewn plastic-bottle lenses--some more emphatically telephoto than others, if you get my drift. The prevailing idea here is how lenses distort vision, how vision distorts reality, and how debatable reality actually is. It's a bit tantalizingly painful that none of the resultant photographs are shown; the imagination reels. 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.
* THE BUNNY CHRONICLES
Hooray! It's back! Don't miss Tomiko Jones' adventures of the lonely, angry, wistful bunny-girl. Glazer's Camera Rental & Lighting, 517 Dexter Ave N, 233-0211. Through Jan 12.
Artists who... use it. A rotating exhibit with Rich Morhous, Jan Erion, Fulgencio Lazo Amaya, Joe Max Emminger, Ben Darby, Matthew Dennison, and Lois Silver. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, Suite 140, 654-3240. Through Jan 5.
Environments explored through photography and painting. Still Life in Fremont Coffeehouse, 709 E 35th St, 547-9850. Through Jan 22.
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.
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.
Audio memoirs of growing up with plywood, plus a big ol' installation. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through Feb 28.
New mixed-media works with lots of newspaper. Nico Gallery, 619 Western Ave, 2nd floor, 264-1710. Through Feb 2.
ERIC GILL, JULIE PASCHKIS
The star of this show is the collection of woodcuts by Gill (1882-1940)--stark, deeply spiritual scenes of Catholicism and morality. With new paintings and illustrations by Paschkis, who surrounds fairy-tale-like scenes with fertile, stylized blossoms. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Dec 22.
Twelve years of Grgich's work--intensely layered, intensely personal--which has its roots in the punk scenes and zines of Portland and San Francisco. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave S, 721-0107. Through Jan 26.
Photographs of a specific ecosystem: the people of Green Lake. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, 296-7580. Through Dec 28.
With Larry Bemm, C. Blake Haygood, Elizabeth Jameson, Nan Johnson, and others. Ballard/Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Jan 5.
(ANOTHER) GROUP SHOW
All very cheap, great for gift-giving (so they tell me). With work by Bootsy Holler, Rachel Peacock, Niki Polyocan, Joe Newton, Charles Peterson, and others. The Rose Club Cafe, 3601 S McClellan St, 725-3654. Through Dec 26.
New work from the artist who created the cover of Stone Gossard's new CD. Victrola, 411 15th Ave E, 325-6520. Through Dec 31.
New work by the renowned Eastern Washington painter. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through Dec 22.
The photograph entitled Doksany, which accompanied the announcement for this show, depicts an empty, elegant, destroyed room. That's all I know. FotoCircle Gallery, 562 First Ave S, Suite 300, 624-2645. Through Feb 2.
An exploration of vessels as metaphors. Elliott Brown Gallery, 215 Westlake Ave N, 340-8000. Through Jan 26.
IT'S JUST LIKE THE MOVIES
Except when it isn't. Reactions to 9/11. Li'l Red Shack Gallery, 1020 First Ave S, 621-7807. Through Feb 3.
MICHAEL KENNA, RUTH BERNHARD
Bodies, landscapes, and landscape-bodies. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson St, #200, 587-4033. Through Dec 31.
New spaces created by altering photographs of architectural and landscape elements. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Jan 13.
* 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 Dec 31.
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.
* NIKKI McCLURE AND BEATRICE CORON
If you've never seen McClure's intricate cut-paper works, I implore you, once again, to go. Here, she's also showing two books that she collaborated on with Coron, mailing them back and forth between coasts, building on each other's work. Wessel and Leiberman Booksellers, 208 First Ave S, 682-3545. Through Jan 31.
Clay block prints that recall a more restrictive time--Victorian, maybe, definitely pre-genome--when nature meant something else entirely, a kind of snaky other relegated to patterns on the sofa. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Dec 29.
THE MEXICANA SHOW
The gallery's usual prankster-artists (Jim Blanchard, David Tupper, Cook & Walsh) take on Mexi-kitsch (wrestlers! little dogs!). Roq la Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Jan 2002.
An exhibition of the works remaining in Okada's estate when he died last year. His last works combine the strictness of geometric abstraction with a detailed brushwork and attention to paint-handling that brings them to life. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Feb 2.
Photographs from over 15 years of shooting. KALO Gallery, 214 First Ave S, #B8, 781-7786. Through Jan 27.
A sound and video installation by Heather Dew Oaksen and Norie Sato, who investigated through film simultaneous 10-second pockets of time at opposite ends of the world. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Jan 4.
THE POUND GALLERY ART AND GIFT SHOW
Best Christmas shopping around! The Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through Dec 23.
See Stranger Suggests. Reflections on the bounty, excess, and capitalistic scourge of the American mall. The Little Theatre Gallery, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Through Jan 26.
RESIDENT ARTIST HOLIDAY EXHIBIT
With featured work by Alan Pogue and Phil Borges. Benham Photography, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through Jan 12.
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.
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.) Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475. Through Dec 23.
This boy gets around (SOIL, ConWorks, Sand Point)--and he's only just finished his BFA at UW!--but that's not the reason to keep an eye on him. Here, he shows documentation of his performances, which seem at times designed for maximum discomfort, both for artist and audience. Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through Jan 6.
One-a-day paintings from her father's history with cancer. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day St, 323-0562. Through Dec 29.
STEPPING FROM THE SHADOWS
IMC's latest art venture brings graffiti artists from around the country inside--with works on canvas and installation projects by PARS (of the sad children in the scary and carnivorous urban landscapes), Cause-B (of the revolutionary heroes and sexy kittens), and Amir H. Fallah (a writer whose graffiti is in Farsi), among others. Independent Media Center Gallery, 1415 Third Ave, 262-0721. Through Jan 31.
Photographs of random street graphics. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through Jan 2.
Other curators have meditated on the intersection of science and art, the Benjaminesque implications of mechanical reproduction, and the through-the-looking-glass world of things that were formerly too small (or too hidden) to see. Here is Jim Harris' take, with the work of four exceptional Seattle artists (Claire Cowie, Patrick Holderfield, Susan Robb, and Ephraim Russell) and Stephanie Syjuco from San Francisco. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Jan 19 (closed Dec 16 through Jan 3).
Performers, and their underage fans, in CIRCA '96. The Crocodile Cafe, 2200 Second Ave, 441-5611. Through Jan 2.
New encaustic paintings, asymmetrically patterned. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315. Through Dec 30.
* PATTI WARASHINA
This is Warashina's first solo show in Seattle in a decade; here, she focuses on the human body as seen in ancient history with sculptures that create a point on a visual timeline. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Jan 2.