If you despise a thing, shoot it. If it doesn't die, you will never be set free. That's what we all learned about painting, anyway. But what invigorating exercise all those tortures and attempted homicides were. Seattle Art Museum curator Michael Darling has put together a major loan exhibition—and published a full hardback catalog—bringing together classic works (Rauschenberg's erased de Kooning drawing, a Warhol piss painting, Lucio Fontana's sliced canvases) with lesser-knowns to create a monumental portrait of 20th-century existential distress. (Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 344-5275. 10 am–5 pm, $15 suggested.)