Archive for March, 2009

Seattle

Friday, March 6th, 2009

 

Edward Hopper, "Chop Suey"

Edward Hopper, "Chop Suey"

The weather was gray and drizzling in Seattle, but the art had a particular brilliance.    The Seattle Art Museum was presenting the stellar exhibition, “Edward Hopper’s Women”.  Hopper’s close observations of the modern urban woman emerging in society in New York during the 1920’s is exemplified by “Chop Suey” from 1929.  The installation also featured notable images by photograpers such as Walker Evans and Diane Arbus that echoed the Hopper paintings in composition and content.    From the fabulous Cai Guo Qiang installation in the lobby to the Nick Cave sculptures on the upper floor, the Museum offered full compensation for a rainy afternoon.  Seattle Art Museum

 

 

"Gardens for Divine Play" (detail)

"Gardens for Divine Play" (detail)

The Seattle Asian Art Museum was featuring “Garden and Cosmos”, a groundbreaking exhibition of 58 court paintings from the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur in western India.  Dated from the 17th to 19th century, most of the pieces have been viewed by only a rare group of scholars since their creation.  Noted for their ingenuity, conceptual content and metaphysical themes, they are a marvel of detail and beauty.  Seattle Asian Art Museum

 

Seattle Central Library

Seattle Central Library

 

Tony Oursler, "Braincast"

Tony Oursler, "Braincast"

The Seattle Central Library designed by Rem Koolhaas is stunning inside and outside.  Not only is the architecture impressive, but the facilities are in demand.  Dozens of computer terminals were in use; crowds filled the library seating, the stacks, and the café.  Artwork commissioned for the library includes pieces by Gary Hill, Ann Hamilton and Tony Oursler.   Titled “Braincast”, the Oursler consists of  three video sculptures that contemplate the transmission of information. It is set into the walls of the escalator between levels  three and five and it sure does enhance the ride!   Rem Koolhaas OMA, Seattle Public Library