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October 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM

‘Luminous’ at SAM

You don’t have to be an Asian-art historian to appreciate, understand, even fall in love with the pieces in “Luminous: The Art of Asia,” the new exhibit at Seattle Art Museum. What may amaze you: how fresh, how vibrant, some of these very old objects look. They have weathered their journey through the centuries well.

Energetic curator Catherine Roche, in consultation/conversations with globetrotting Korean artist Do Ho Suh (don’t miss his multimedia installation while you’re there), has created a series of galleries that express the fluid path of art through the centuries and the porousness of Asia’s borders. You, too, will flow effortlessly among the statues, porcelain, textiles, screens and other pieces, free to marvel and free of pressure to squint at lengthy, ponderous placards that remind you of history class — and distract you from appreciating the craftsmanship and the timelessness of each piece.

The exhibit opens today and runs through Jan. 8, 2012.

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(Photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

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