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By Matthew Kangas

JACOB LAWRENCE: THE MIGRATION SERIES Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Jan 21-Apr 23 Among the most important African-American artists of the past century, Jacob Lawrence came to Seattle in 1971 to teach full time at the University of Washington. Long before that, when he was 23, Lawrence created 60 paintings dealing with the migration from the Deep South to the North. Loans are from the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Phillips Collection.

INTO THE WOODS: FORESTS OF THE NORTHWEST COAST Stonington Gallery, Seattle, Dec 1-Jan 27 Forests are crucial for indigenous artists of the Pacific Northwest in that their contents, rivers, streams and trees become fodder for inspiration as well as the materials for their art. Several significant Canadian artists, including Phil Gray, Marika Swan and Isabel Rorick, are included with sculptures, prints and paintings. They underscore how one cedar tree, for example, can serve many purposes.

JEFFREY SIMMONS Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Nov 3-Dec 23   Simmons has interested dealers and curators in New York, San Francisco and Texas. Kucera’s support has provided the artist “with chances to provide…challenges that are still there to be solved,” the artist said. Overlapping systems, spiraling structures and strict linear allotments radiate beyond order into dazzling optical whirlpools of intensity and delight. The new show follows a recent retrospective at Wenatchee Valley College that examined the evolution of mathematical structures in his work.

WILLIAM MORRIS Abmeyer+Wood Fine Art, Seattle, Oct 6-Nov 26 The celebrated Pilchuck Glass School artist and erstwhile Chihuly gaffer (not the Victorian artist and writer), William Morris now lives in seclusion in Hawaii. Director Jonathan Wood has secured a rare group of 27 sculptural glassworks done between 1986 and 2013 expressing the artist’s twin interests in ancient cultures and the environment. Morris’s art is in art museum collections in Japan, France, Germany and elsewhere.

DEBORAH FAYE LAWRENCE 4Culture, Seattle, Nov 3-Dec 1 With political and social subjects so prominent in current art, searches for historical predecessors continue. Deborah Faye Lawrence is a good example of a Seattle artist who has been way ahead of the curve for years. Acclaimed with awards and grants from the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation and Creative Capital Foundation in New York, Lawrence uses satirical collage as a political tool, heavily supplemented by texts and allusions to self-taught artists.

Deborah Faye Lawrence
Jacob Lawrence

Into the Woods: Forests of the Northwest Coast
Into the Woods: Forests of the Northwest Coast

Jeffrey Simmons
Jeffrey Simmons

William Morris
William Morris

Deborah Faye Lawrence
Deborah Faye Lawrence

 Mon, Nov 7, 2016