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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | September – October 2016

By Matthew Kangas

DENNIS EVANS AND NANCY MEE: PROSPERO’S LIBRARY Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle, Sep 1-Oct 15 In their first collaboration since the mid-1970s, husband-and-wife artists Dennis Evans and Nancy Mee go after Shakespeare’s The Tempest (c. 1611) in a series of mixed-media assemblages and sculptures that combine paint, porcelain, encaustic, glass and found objects, all combining into imaginary examples from Prospero’s cell. The pair create encrusted volumes of esoteric knowledge, alchemy and cosmology, all of which were early instances of what became known as magic.

LINO TAGLIAPIETRA Traver Gallery, Seattle, Ongoing The man Dale Chihuly called the “greatest glassblower in the world,” Lino Tagliapietra, has had an enormous impact on North American as well as Pacific Northwest glass art. Chihuly invited the brilliant technician from Murano Island, where Venetians blow glass, to teach at the Pilchuck Glass School. The now 82-year-old Italian benefited from Chihuly’s patronage and developed into an artist of considerable stature now acclaimed in New York, Japan, France, Mexico and Denmark. The new display will be part of an ongoing long-term exhibition of Lino’s work seen in the gallery.

JOHN MCCORMICK: CLUES AND FRAGMENTS Harris Harvey Gallery, Seattle, Sep 8-Oct 1 The Northern California artist has long been a stalwart member of the former Lisa Harris Gallery, now in a new space in the Pike Place Market. Interestingly, McCormick started out painting backdrops for movies by George Lucas but his new work adds figures to Marin County landscapes and other sunny sites. His work has been seen in New York, London, Moscow, Montreal and elsewhere.

THE BEAUTY OF A SHARED PASSION: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE REBECCA AND JACK BENAROYA COLLECTION Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Oct 9, 2016-Apr 23, 2017 Married for 70 years, Jack and Rebecca Benaroya became patrons and founders of a number of cultural institutions, including the Pilchuck Glass School and Benaroya Hall, the home of the Seattle Symphony. In addition to their superlative glass art collection, the Benaroyas gifted paintings and sculptures by regional masters like Mark Toby and Kenneth Callahan. Paul Horiuchi and Morris Graves join mid-career stalwarts and younger stars.

MICHAEL ABRAHAM: NAUGHTY AND DAVID HAUGHTON: BAD GUYS Gallery 110, Seattle, Oct 6-29 Vancouver artists Abraham and Haughton focus on twin obsessions with eccentric figuration including the odd serial killer and insane politician. Abraham exhibits oils and bronzes; his version of Pop Surrealism has attracted attention in Los Angeles. Haughton is less playful, with “portraits” of British serial killer Myra Hindley among others. Together they bring a zany mix of Hitchcock and MTV to the city’s leading cooperative gallery.

Dennis Evans and Nancy Mee
Dennis Evans and Nancy Mee

Lino Tagliapietra
Lino Tagliapietra

John McCormick
John McCormick

Paul Horiuchi
Paul Horiuchi

Michael Abraham
Michael Abraham

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