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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | April – May 2016

By Matthew Kangas

EDVARD MUNCH AND THE SEA Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Apr 9-Jul 17 The Norwegian Edvard Munch, who Kenneth Clark called the greatest northern European artist since Dürer, hasn’t had a significant museum show in this area for more than 30 years – until now. Munch’s greatness lies in his preceding van Gogh as the father of Expressionism, and his chosen subjects of death, horror, anguish, venereal disease and prostitution, which confronted the Victorian era with its moral hypocrisy. The authorities shut down his first show in Berlin in 1893, when he was 29 years old. Come and see what all the fuss was about.

CRIS BRUCH: DISPATCH Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Apr 7-May 21 Following last month's survey of Cris Bruch at the Frye Art Museum, several ambitious new on-site commissions, one would expect this grouping to combine small to mid- and large-scale sculptures of various metals, off-shelf materials and ingenious configurations. Bruch has completed numerous large-scale public art projects, however, which may have deterred development of more complex studio-scale sculptures. His stand-alone abstract pieces of a decade ago were acclaimed in Germany; this may be a return to those achievements.

ANNE SIEMS: NEW WORKS Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, Apr 28-Jun 2 Mixing ornamental and decorative motifs from illuminated manuscripts with forest scenes, Siems echoes the darker side of the Brothers Grimm, drawing viewers into a mysterious world of women and children, animals, plants and an aura of dreamlike consciousness. The Berlin-born artist lived in Argentina before moving to the United States in 1991. She now lives in Seattle.

ANDREA JOYCE HEIMER Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, May 5-28 Cheery and creepy, satirical and savage, outdoor and indoor, multiple-figure vignettes chronicling death by automobile, crucified scarecrows, a lonely male exhibitionist and well-liked neighbours engaging in kinky sex – these are some of the themes upon which Heimer develops her multifaceted ethos. Educated in Great Falls, Montana, Andrea Heimer has accepted invitations to group shows in folk-art-only galleries in New York, New Jersey and Texas, and has been asked to show her work at the Charlottenborg Kunsthal’s prestigious spring salon in Copenhagen, Denmark.

INSPIRING BEAUTY: 50 YEARS OF EBONY FASHION fair Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, May 20-Aug 14 BAM director Stefano Catalani salutes Le Style de Shaft in a celebration of Ebony magazine’s half-century of black fashion coverage. This show highlights men’s clothing as well as women’s. Once Yves Saint Laurent hired African models for his 1974 couture runway show, black fashion influences were finally seen both abroad and at home. Dior, Ungaro and Missoni join African-American giants Stephen Burrows and Patrick Kelly in an extravaganza of flash and panache.

Edvard Munch
Edvard Munch

Cris Bruch
Cris Bruch

Anne Siems
Anne Siems

Andrea Joyce Heiemr
Andrea Joyce Heiemr

Tilmann Grawe
Tilmann Grawe

 Sat, Apr 9, 2016