Friday, August 3, 2012

Art in Seattle

Among other things, we had a grand old time looking at art in Seattle. The Olympic Sculpture Park was out-of-this-world good--reminiscent of your typical little museum sculpture garden, but on a much larger scale that allowed you to wander at length through interestingly designed landscapes and artworks on a monumental scale (above: tree by Roxy Paine, below huge pieces by Richard Serra and Alexander Calder). 

I also really enjoyed the Seattle Art Museum which was large enough, and had a varied enough collection, to feel really substantial and serious, but at the same time had an intimacy of scale that allowed it to feel manageable for a single morning's visit with a toddler (the car installation below, by Cai Guo-Qiang, was Mabel's favorite thing in the museum, by far).

I particularly admired how old and new were curated there side by side in a way that felt eclectic yet somehow not hodgepodgey (see for instance, below, a painting by Mark Rothko and a room of nineteenth century porcelain).

And the special exhibition up currently, "Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art," was utterly fantastic (below, one of the many stunning paintings in the show--this one by Abie Loy Kamerre).

I really hope it travels and sees a wider reception, though I can find no info one way or the other at the moment as to whether it's meant to do so.

We also stopped by the EMP Museum to check out a show a pal and author of mine curated there of Jim Marshall's photos of the Rolling Stones. The same body of work that's featured in the brand new book (insert shameless self-promotion disclaimer here).

1 comment:

  1. As an encouraging mum, if I can say so myself, I had a nice time recently with my two kids to decorate their room in our new house that we just moved into. There were lots of the children's art work, made at home and school, that we happily put on the wall.
    Then we spent time together sitting in front of the iMac and looked through the big collection of digital images that had for their customers to select from and have printed as canvas prints. The kids together chose this painting for their room, Ivan Horse by Edmund Dulac,, that we ordered online to have delivered to our new house.