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Spring Art Scene

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Date
May 2014

Written By
Lauren Hunsberger

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If your artistic talents lie in appreciation rather than creation, head to one of these local museums this spring for a hearty does of fine arts. 

Seattle Art Museum

Miró: The Experience of Seeing
Through May 26, 2014
Miró: The Experience of Seeing is the first in-depth exploration of Spanish artist Joan Miró’s late work to be shown in the United States and its only stop on the West Coast. Drawn from the stunning collection of the Museum Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, the leading museum of modern and contemporary art in Spain, it brings together some 50 paintings and sculptures made between 1963 and 1981 that testify to Miró’s playful ingenuity and inventiveness. Bold and colorful paintings employing his personal visual language alternate with near-abstract compositions.  ➸ seattleartmuseum.org

Art photoHenry Art Gallery

Sanctum
May 4, 2013 – November 4, 2015
An interactive art installation, Sanctum employs surveillance systems to generate cinematic narratives with social media content that matches the demographic profile of passers-by. “In an era of status updates, tweets and check-ins, the geography of public, shared spaces needs to be reconsidered, along with our expectations of privacy in them,” say artists James Coupe and Juan Pampin.
Sanctum seeks to investigate the narrative potential of social media while raising important and provocative questions about the conflicting imperatives emerging in our culture as we promote and embrace ever-more-intrusive electronic media, while still cherishing traditional notions of privacy.
henryart.org, sanctum.io/sign-up

bellevue art museum

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami
May 16 - September 21, 2014
This exhibit explores the fascinating history and evolution of paper folding. Over 140 works by 45 master folders from around the world—from countries as diverse as Japan, the United States, Uruguay, and Russia—showcase the power of origami and its modern-day applications in the fields of mathematics, engineering, design and the global peace movement. Designed to be an immersive exploration, the exhibition includes videos, photographs, books, as well as interactive opportunities inviting visitors to create their own interpretations. ➸ bellevuearts.org

Seattle art museum

LaToya Ruby Frazier: Born By a River
Through June 22, 2014
LaToya Ruby Frazier, recipient of Seattle Art Museum’s 2013 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize, investigates issues of propaganda, politics, and the importance of subjectivity with an emphasis on postmodern conditions, class, and capitalism in her new solo exhibition. Frazier is a photographer and media artist whose practice is informed by late 19th- and early 20th-century modes of representation. Her work is an intimate look at her family, connecting their experiences to the history of her hometown, and its drastic decline from one of America’s first steel mill towns to the distressed municipality it is today. ➸ seattleartmuseum.org

art photoasian art museum

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945
May 10, 2014 – October 19, 2014
Art Deco, a 20th-century style that came to worldwide prominence in the interwar period, left its mark on almost every medium of visual arts. Japanese artists, designers and consumers cultivated their own version of Art Deco, which was perceived as modern and Western. This is the first exhibition outside Japan to focus on Japanese Art Deco from 1920 to 1945. Presenting about 200 works from the collection of Robert and Mary Levenson—including sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, lacquerware, jewelry, textiles, furniture and graphic ephemera—viewers are introduced to the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated designs that define Japan’s contribution to the Art Deco movement. ➸ asianart.org

olympic sculpture park

Sol LeWitt
Through March 15, 2015
In his wall drawing Seven Cubes with Color Ink Washes Superimposed (1997), Sol LeWitt explores the cube and grid structures, which were of interest to him throughout his career. In this exhibit, the cubes are rendered in isometric projections, rejecting the three-dimensionality of a linear perspective and instead emphasizing the flatness of the wall itself. The effect makes the cubes seem to tilt towards the viewer while simultaneously remaining rooted to the wall, drawing attention to the connection between the viewer’s space, the drawing, and the architecture.  ➸ seattleartmuseum.org 

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