BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
301 Bellevue Square, 425-454-3322.
*2000 PACIFIC NORTHWEST ANNUAL
The list of artists for this year's Annual reads like an impeccable pedigree of Young Seattle Artists, including Leo Saul Berk, Susan Dory, Thess Fenner, Jeff Miller, Cathy McClure, and Nicola Vruwink. Throughout the exhibition's run, the museum will host a series of six artist residencies, allowing artists the space and resources to create work over the duration of the exhibition; completed work will then be added to the show. Through Sept 3.
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART
65 Cedar St, 728-1980.
A group show featuring some of the artists who have donated their time and skill to CoCA over the years. Curated by Lisa Buchanan and Robert Yoder. Through Aug 30.
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS
This Detroit rock band/art group was started by a bunch of inspired University of Michigan art students in the early '70s, some of whom (Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw) went on to high-profile art careers. This interesting exhibition features art, ephemera, and... stuff from DAM's golden age. Through Aug 30.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
701 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
The German-born Reiss (1886-1953) painted stark, unsentimental portraits of Native Americans, which were then used on railroad posters and calendars. Proof that it takes an Ausländer to see beyond the stereotypes. Through Sept 10.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280.
*ANDY WARHOL DRAWINGS, 1942-1987
That slightly arch, calligraphic style that's everywhere in graphic design these days--you know where it comes from? Warhol's drawings from the '50s, when he was a commercial artist raking in the dough (as opposed to a pop artist raking in the dough). Then there are the more famous works on paper from his celebrity days, and a self-portrait he drew at 14, long before his self-allotted 15 minutes began to tick away. Through Oct 8.
FRANK O. GEHRY: THE ARCHITECT'S STUDIO
An exhibition of drawings and maquettes of Gehry's projects, including our own dear smashed jewel, the EMP. The idea is to give us a window into the genius' process; mostly, though, it's proof that he gets to play with cool little models. Through Nov 12.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
EASTMAN JOHNSON: PAINTING AMERICA
A retrospective of a consummate American painter. In his work, Johnson (1824-1906) covered many different territories, including scenes from American Indian and black communities. Through Sept 10.
*LANGUAGE LET LOOSE
A tiny little exhibition on the incorporation of text into the visual world. See Stranger Suggests. Through April 29.
20th-CENTURY AMERICAN ART: THE EBSWORTH COLLECTION
Over 70 works, mostly modernist, collected by Barney A. Ebsworth, who started out collecting 16th- and 17th-century Dutch paintings, but got discouraged when he realized that all "the great pictures [were] gone." There must have been some goodies left from the post-war era; Ebsworth acquired a nifty set of works--no real masterpieces, though--by (among others) de Kooning, Sheeler, and Hockney. Through Nov 12.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100.
THE ART OF PROTEST
Social and political issues addressed through a variety of media, including the photography of Walker Evans and the mordant commentary of Jenny Holzer. Fang Lijun's enormous woodcut, No. 19, dominates the exhibition. Through Jan 21.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
1123 Pacific Ave, 253-272-4258.
ALMOST WARM AND FUZZY: CHILDHOOD AND CONTEMPORARY ART
All the art references childhood in some manner, whether nostalgic or ironic or simply fun. Thirty artists from around the world contributed work to this show, which includes The Big Sneeze (an enormous liquid-emitting nose constructed by the Art Guys) and Sandy Skoglund's Shimmering Madness, an installation made up of about a million jellybeans and fluttering butterfly wings. The aim was a show for children as well as adults; grab your favorite eight-year-old and see if it works. Through Sept 17. Reviewed this issue.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM
407 Seventh Ave S, 623-5124.
THROUGH OUR EYES
An extensive exhibition of Asian American photography of the Northwest, from journalism to fine art. It includes the photography of Frank Matsura--who emigrated from Japan at the turn of the century (the last one) and documented the Okanogan frontier--through the contemporary work of Dean Wong and Jessica Kim. Through April 8.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200.
*THE WRIGHT COLLECTION
Virginia and Bagley Wright have rehung their foundation's exhibit space, devoting one gallery entirely to their great collection of '60s and '70s color field paintings, and introducing a large David Salle oil and the John Baldessari piece Two Onlookers and Tragedy to the mix. Other highlights include a Robert Longo, Eric Fischl, a huge Warhol Rorschach, and Jules Olitski's Thigh Smoke. Open-ended run.
The show's subtitle (Beyond the White Picket Fence) puts you on the alert that diversity is the theme here. Photographer Courtney Coolidge traveled around the country photographing families in all their glory and difficulty. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Aug 29.
ARCHITECTURE IN PERSPECTIVE
Work by the best architectural illustrators around. NBBJ Gallery, 111 S Jackson St. Through Aug 31.
ART INSTITUTE STUDENT SHOW
Featuring work from their design, media arts, and fashion programs. Art Institute of Seattle, 2323 Elliott Ave, 448-6600. Through Oct 5.
*LEO SAUL BERK, WILLIAM HARRIS
Berk's wood constructions leap over the cognitive disjoint between real and abstract, with solidly familiar material cut and glued and veneered into something strange and new. Harris' paintings look at color that hasn't quite mixed; the paint is layered and squeegeed to create a textured surface, with an eerie luminous glow as the happy result. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Sept 9.
ROBROY CHALMERS, DAVID TRAYLOR
Chalmers is exhibiting new drawings and paper sculptures; Traylor's ceramics seem as heavy and loaded as metallic objects. Both artists' work is dense and present--nothing ephemeral here. Oculus Gallery, 216 Alaskan Way S, 366-2108. Through Sept 2.
DAVID PERRY CHRISTENSEN
New large-scale paintings and small studies. In the back room, there's a group show featuring, among others, David Kane, George Chacona, and Merrily Tompkins. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Aug 31.
Delta--Dutch graffiti artist Boris Tellegen--has raised lettering, of all things, to a high, high-tech art. In his hands words become strange, abstract, hard-edged creatures--or machines. Houston, 907 E Pike St, 860-7820. Through Aug 30.
DONNE IN FOTOGRAFIA
All manner of photographs by a collective of Italian women. Benham Photography Studio/Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through Sept 2.
FOURTH ANNUAL POUND GALLERY MEMBERS SHOW
See the spread of work at one of the last good alternative spaces around. Art by Gary Smoot, Susan Robb, Laura Jean Cronin, Penny Jerome, Owen Cornell, Christine Taylor, Katrina Santore, and Kevin Willis. Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through Sept 24.
GARDE RAIL RE-OPENING
The gallery dedicated to folk and outsider art is back, in new Columbia City digs. The grand-opening exhibition features work by Annie Grgich, Antijuan Oden, and John Taylor, among others. Garde Rail Gallery, 4750 35th Ave S, 760-3720. Through Aug 31.
Hare paints the architectural details we see, but don't really see. ArtsWest Gallery, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963. Through Sept 2.
A thoughtfully assembled show on all the possible meanings of the word--emotional, psychological, structural--with work by such diverse talents as Jenny Sabin, Brent Watanabe, and Phil Roach (whose dioramas embedded in flea-market paintings in the UW MFA exhibition caused such a stir). Curated by Leslie Clague and Demi Raven. See Stranger Suggests. SOIL Artist Cooperative, 12th and Pike, 264-8061. Through Aug 27.
She builds boxes and puts things in them, but there's a lot more to it than that. The box isn't just a receptacle, but a kind of inner space, and the contents are revealing and oblique at the same time. Artemis Gallery, 1400 31st Ave S, 323-0562. Through Aug 31.
Paintings and woodcuts about fear (in this case, it seems, unusually fearful objects such as clowns, monkeys, and dentists). Crocodile Cafe, 2200 Second Ave, 448-2114. Through Aug 31.
Nature enlarged beyond recognition and pressed right into the canvas, from artists Carolyn Watts and Eva Isaksen. Cornish College of the Arts, Fisher Gallery, 710 E Roy St, 726-5011. Through Aug 31.
Paintings--cartoonish and philosophical at the same time--of people in ridiculous, self-inflicted situations. Daniel Smith, 4150 First Ave S, 223-9599. Through Sept 4.
Japanese artist Matsuda considers the process that creates his large-scale paintings performance, with each work the result of a meditative dance. The work looks like calligraphy gone not unpleasantly awry. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Sept 2.
Bright new paintings, in a series called Butterfly Jokes. Two Bells Tavern, 2313 Fourth Ave, 441-3050. Through Oct 5.
Assembling hundreds of anything in one space can either change the space entirely, or simply be a lame shorthand for installation. Ortbal's work looks to be the former; in this case he's put hundreds of tin cans, opened at both ends, in a window at 911. 911 Media Arts Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-6552. Through Sept 17.
OUT OF THE LAB
Photography created right in the gallery's own darkroom. Black Lab Gallery, 5208 Ballard Ave NW, 781-2392. Through Sept 6.
Random fragments of life juxtaposed in small collages. The artist uses a whole spread of media, including canvas, tin etching plates, text, wood, and paint. There have been a number of these kinds of disjointed-narrative shows at Eyre/Moore--rather an interesting direction for a gallery to take. Eyre/Moore Gallery, 913 Western Ave, 624-5596. Through Sept 2.
This young, young gallery has nabbed nine excellent artists for this group show. The unifying theme is the presence in the work of improvisational elements; the exhibition includes Claire Cowie, Phil Roach, Damon Maxwell, and Randy McCoy. See Bio Box. Rex Gallery, 542 First Ave S, 262-9831. Through Sept 2.
Photographs from Paris shown, charmingly, in a little cafe. Grand Illusion, 1405 NE 50th St. Through Sept 1.
CHARLES K. ROSENBERG
Rosenberg's works on paper feature patterning in charcoal and graphite powder on glassine paper. Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Through Sept 3.
A rotating exhibit featuring paintings and photographs of real and imagined structures. Participating artists include John Stamets, C. Blake Haygood, and Julia Ricketts. SAM Rental Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Sept 2.
In a series of paintings called Labor and Rest, Trainor's looking at the Human Genome Project, specifically the collision of the unknown with the known: science and sales, biology and propaganda. In her paintings and mixed-media assemblage, Trainor creates symbols for this strange, advancing new world (Ms. Human Genome, chromosomes, autosomes) and makes them seem as familiar as brand-name goods. Trapeze Gallery, 1130 34th Ave, 329-3363. Through Sept 1.
Emotional black-and-white portraits by a photographer who's in Seattle as part of an arts exchange with Perugia, Italy, one of our many sister cities. FotoCircle Gallery, 216 Alaskan Way S, 624-2645. Through Sept 2.
A good bracing dose of rigorous formalism. If you line up works by the three artists--Denzil Hurley, Paul Moran, and Julie Shapiro--it's like watching a nebulous form emerge frame-by-frame on a canvas: least, more, then a little more. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Sept 3.
LIZA von ROSENSTIEL
Eerie paintings that use stylized animals to communicate the nuances of emotion. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Sept 2.
You might already be familiar with Vruwink's work--her drawings in Kool-Aid powder, maybe, or her sports trophies ornamented with nail polish and glitter. This exhibition of new work includes tatted Easter grass, flower petal-covered shapes, and a video installation featuring the artist's patient daily application of makeup. Few artists so pointedly remind us that how we see is as important as what we see. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Aug 26.
WOMEN IN PRINT
Actually, the show is of prints by women, and includes three decades' worth of work by 20 artists. Bank of America Gallery, 701 Fifth Ave, Third Floor, 585-3200. Through Aug 25.
Sculpture inspired by ideas as oddly specific as gene-splicing, root-grafting, and bonsai. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Room 200, 296-7580. Through Sept 1.
*FORTUNE COOKIE VIDEO SERIES
Go to Bremerton--it's worth it for a rare screening of Matthew Barney's elaborate and surreal Cremaster 4, along with short works by Miranda July, William Wegman (pre-dog photography), Carrie O'Donoghue, and Leo Mot. This is part of a free bimonthly new video and experimental film series; keep an eye on it. At Fortune Cookie, 135 Pacific Ave, in Bremerton; call 360-475-8334 for information and directions.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS
CALLING ALL CAPITOL HILL ARTISTS
Submit work for an upcoming show to go up in conjunction with the Broadway Street Festival. Send up to eight slides or photos and SASE to: Art Exhibition, c/o Businesses of Broadway, 229 Broadway Ave E, #4, Seattle, WA 98102. Deadline is Thurs Aug 31. Free-standing sculpture and large-scale flat work encouraged.