James Martin

James Martin, Carpenter’s Pencil, 1982. Courtesy of Foster/White Gallery.

James Martin

Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA - Jan 7 – 30

by Matthew Kangas

Now 93, James Martin remains the odd man out of the Northwest School: eccentric, idiosyncratic, non-“mystic,” colorful and strictly anecdotal. The salient takeaway from this survey of 80-plus works on paper covering fi ve decades is that Martin’s cultural purview is much wider than has been understood. While earlier work revealed wacky scenes with Proust, Stravinsky and Picasso, more recent work takes on no less than Charles Lindbergh, the Lone Ranger, Andy Warhol and Wagner.

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