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By Matthew Kangas

JUVENTINO ARANDA: WEED THE LAWN AND FEED THE ROSES Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Jan 5-Feb 18 An encouraging solo debut by the 32-year-old Mexican-American artist from Walla Walla, WA, this grouping includes Pendleton blankets turned into mock-Rothkos; police barricades symbolizing immigrant issues; and a familiar red baseball cap with the word “GREAT” embroidered on its crown. Aranda also parodies Barnett Newman and Jasper Johns with blankets, paint and glue.

ART DECO GLASS FROM THE HUCHTHAUSEN COLLECTION Museum of Glass, Tacoma, closes Sep 9 The largest donation of pre-studio glass in the museum’s history, Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection includes more than 200 works from France, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Italy and the United States. It features pieces by the studios of Muller Frères, Schneider Frères, René Lalique and Daum Frères. Paul Daum, a member of the founding family, was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944. Geometric with deep colours, the grouping is astonishingly beautiful and considered the high point of French glass.

DAVID DE VLEESCHOUWER: ABSTRACT PAINTINGS Dendroica Gallery, Seattle, Mar 9-Apr 9 The New York artist has his solo gallery debut in Seattle with dark, abstract paintings that have some three-dimensional add-ons. Educated at Wayne State University in Detroit, De Vleeschouwer is one of many New York artists who find “room at the inn” away from the Big Apple. He also ran a gallery in the East Village that featured early 20th century American art and crafts.

THOMAS WOOD—FLOWERS: PRINTS AND PAINTINGS Harris Harvey Gallery, Seattle, Jan 26-Feb 25 The veteran, but underappreciated, Bellingham resident returns to floral still lifes with Surrealistic accompaniments such as oversized animals, fish, clowns and birds. Building on a career that has included shows in Florence, Venice and Palermo, Italy, Wood revives Renaissance printmaking techniques while using paint to devise wondrous worlds. Wood is worthy of exploration and discovery.

JOHN GRADE: MIDDLE FORK: SCULPTURE, ETCHINGS AND DRAWINGS Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Feb 16-Mar 25 Widely peripatetic earth artist and land sculptor John Grade is showing smaller sculptures, maquettes for public art pieces, drawings and mock-ups of recent temporary installations in Alaska, New York and Washington, DC, and a new work at Seattle Art Museum. With a background in ceramics, Grade adapts mold-making to tree trunks, honeycomb resins and metals on elaborate, large-scale monuments near natural sites, drawing attention to how materials reflect the passage of time.

Juventino Aranda
Juventino Aranda

Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection
Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection

David De Vleeschouwer
David De Vleeschouwer

Thomas Wood
Thomas Wood

John Grade
John Grade

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