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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | April – May 2013

By Allyn Cantor

FRANCISCO GOYA: THE COMPLETE LOS CAPRICHOS SERIES Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Apr 5-27 This historic series of etchings, first published in 1799 by Francisco Goya, is a suite of 80 allegorical images that depict dark caricatures of civilized society. Regarded as the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Goya’s fantastical vision was filled with metaphor and witty cultural critique that was ahead of its time. Los Caprichos serves as a keystone of modern art. Played out by supernatural creatures, Goya’s nightmarish scenes exposed the shortcomings of his Spanish society in an age of turmoil and revolution.

SALLY CLEVELAND Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, Apr 4-27 Portland native Sally Cleveland paints scenes with a distinctive regional tone. Her renditions of landscapes, urban and suburban sites are realistically depicted with the moody Northwest feeling of a subdued palette, tempered grey skies and thick atmosphere that undoubtably places these humble subjects close to home. Cleveland’s pieces are small in scale, which adds to their seductive quality; her scenes are so fully realized within the intimately sized compositions that it’s easy to connect with the simple moments of the particular places that Cleveland offers in her paintings.

CLARE BELFRAGE: THREADS Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, May 2-31 In her new body of work, Australian glass artist Clare Belfrage references the textile patterning of woven and sewn lines on elegant glass forms that are delicate, luminous and seemingly weightless. An internationally recognized artist, Belfrage has been creating glass sculpture with a reverence toward the natural environment that has an exceptional ability to filter essential elements into a dynamic simplicity. Her newest pieces further demonstrate technical mastery as the artist rhythmically weaves string-like textures into the stillness of her glass forms.

KENT LOVELACE: OCCITANIA Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, Apr 4-29 Washington-based artist Kent Lovelace draws inspiration from Occitania, an area in Southern France once occupied by the Romans. Lovelace has an affinity for painting landscapes that have been cultivated for centuries. Over the last 15 years his atmospheric scenes have been painted with oil glazes on metal plates – a technique that dates back to 15th-century Europe. Using a reflective copper surface, Lovelace creates eloquent light-filled compositions with a moody contemplative tone.

MANEKO NEKI: JAPAN'S BECKONING CATS – FROM TALISMAN TO POP ICON Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Feb 22-Aug 4 Considered a symbol of good fortune in Japan, a cat figurine with an upraised paw in the gesture of beckoning has been around since the Edo period (1603-1868). The iconic “lucky charm” stems from popular legend of a cat credited with saving the life of a nobleman. Ranging from simple carved stone pieces to ornately decorated porcelain sculptures, this large collection of over 150 maneki neko includes pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries and is one of the most extensive outside Japan.

Francisco Goya
Francisco Goya

Sally Cleveland
Sally Cleveland

Clare Belfrage
Clare Belfrage

Kent Lovelace
Kent Lovelace

Maneko Neki
Maneko Neki

 Thu, Apr 4, 2013