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Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch reports:
For more than half a century, the art collection of Bagley and Virginia Wright has been one of the privately held – though frequently shared – treasures of the Pacific Northwest. Now the collection is going public with the gift of the Wright Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art to the Seattle Art Museum.More
You read that right – free. Saturday, Sept. 27, is the 10th annual Museum Day Live, which means more than 1,000 museums across America will be open free of charge (visit the site for instructions on getting a ticket, good for 2 people). Quite a few in the Seattle area are taking part, including…More
By Michael Upchurch/Seattle Times arts writer
The Seattle Art Museum has purchased an 1814 painting by Raphaelle Peale, “Still Life with Strawberries and Ostrich Egg Cup,” from the Roy Nutt Family Trust, for an undisclosed sum.
Peale (1774-1825) was the son of artist-naturalist Charles Willson Peale and the brother of portraitist Rembrandt Peale. His painting portrays an eclectic array of objects from his father’s collection, including “a silver mounted ostrich egg from Africa, a Chinese export porcelain pitcher, a celadon bowl, a finely crafted silver spoon, and a gathering of strawberries cultivated on the family’s experimental farm.”More
Portland-based painter Ralph Pugay is the winner of the 2014 Betty Bowen Award, the Seattle Art Museum has announced. Pugay will receive $15,000 and some of his work will be on view at SAM beginning Oct. 16. Pugay is the current recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission Indivual Artist Fellowship. Also honored: Seattle artists
“Watch — and see what life teaches,” urged the Log Lady, who was just one of the odd/creepy/puzzling characters that inhabited the amazing TV series “Twin Peaks.” By the time the series ended, most viewers weren’t sure what they had learned, other than “Twin Peaks” was the most radical, inventive and disturbing shows on television. Feeling nostalgic…More
This is from Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer. (He got to the Olympic Sculpture Park justin time for the “Echo” ribbon-cutting Thursday morning, unlike a representative from ArtsPage HQ, who was stuck on I-5.) Barcelona sculptor Jaume Plensa was in Seattle today for the ribbon-cutting of his luminous piece, “Echo,” at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Seattle Art Museum’s new website design is open to the public, the museum has just announced. Gone: the turquoise background; the long columns of stuff; and and the small images. Now: Maps, visitor info and events are easy to find. Visuals are big and so is the type. Videos are hanging out. SAM worked with…More
Seattle Art Museum is now the proud owner of its first work by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei: “Colored Vases,” (2010), a cluster of earthenware vessels covered with industrial paint. You can see it starting April 5 at Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. From SAM: “By covering the surfaces with new paint, what is…More
From Pacific NW magazine staff writer Tyrone Beason: Sandra Jackson-Dumont, who spearheaded Seattle Art Museum’s popular Remix parties and curated some of its most engaging recent exhibits, has been named to lead education programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Since joining SAM in 2006 as community outreach coordinator as well as adjunct modern…More