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Apr – May 2021 Washington Vignettes

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by Matthew Kangas

Roberto Matta, Attire le gai venin (Seasons in Hell series)

CHROMATIC IMPRESSIONS
Davidson Galleries, Seattle. Apr 1 – May 29

Drawing upon its vast inventory, Davidson, among the nation’s leading antiquarian print dealers, arranges works of dazzling variety under the rubric of color. Quite apart from that link, the 40 prints and paintings display a wide range of subjects by wellknown artists and talented newcomers. Davidson stable artists such as Art Hansen, Dion Pickering Zwirner and Jonelle Johnson join towering 20th-century stalwarts such as Jean Charlot, Joan Miró, Roberto Matta and Austrian eccentric Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Joseph Rossano, Conservation from Here, Pronghorn, After Roosevelt gun engraving, 2017. Photo: William Geddes

CONSERVATION FROM HERE
Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles. May 8 – Aug 1

Originally exhibited at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Long Island, NY, the home of Theodore Roosevelt, Conservation from Here relocates to Port Angeles near Olympic National Park (ONP), a TDR legacy. Multidisciplinary artist Joseph Rossano reimagines the president’s trophy room. Juxtaposed with these trophies are photographs of fauna indigenous to ONP, their DNA collected by local youth. The multimedia show, says Rossano, “uses the visual, spatial and tactile qualities of art to create awareness about the preservation of the species.”

Morris Graves, Still Life with Root Vegetables, c. 1930s. Photo: Courtesy of the Woodside Braseth Gallery

TRANSCENDENCE: MORRIS GRAVES
Woodside Braseth Gallery, Seattle. To May 1

The saga of the “Big Four” or “mystic” painters of the Northwest School never seems to end. With these treasures by Morris Graves, the most notorious of the group, viewers get a clear picture of themes he followed throughout his career: nature, still lifes, animals and fi sh. Famously leaving rice paper out in the rain to “season,” Graves used sumi ink and tempera to elevate endangered flora and fauna that inhabit the region’s undergrowth, tidal flats and old-growth forests.

Firelei Báez, The Right to Opacity, 2013. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York. Collection of Josef Vascovitz and Lisa Goodman

PLURAL POSSIBILITIES & THE FEMALE BODY
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. To May 9 

This show is part of the gallery’s involvement in the Feminist Art Coalition, a nationwide initiative that “seeks to generate cultural awareness about feminist thought, experience and action.” Curators Nina Bozicnik and Ann Poulson chose works by 20-plus artists from the permanent collection, supplemented by works on loan. Through painting, prints, photos and video, the artists “explore intersecting identities and interlocking forms of oppression.” Kiki Smith, Ana Mendieta and Chakaia Booker join photographers Catherine Opie and Graciela Iturbide, among others.

Paul Rucker, FOREVER: Four Little Girls – Carole Robertson, 2019, edition 1/18. BIMA Permanent Art Collection, Gift of Cynthia Sears

PAUL RUCKER: FOREVER
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island. To May 30

The museum has 13 new works in its permanent collection – from Paul Rucker’s FOREVER series. The multi-award-winning artist, formerly of Seattle, has applied his undisputed genius to commemorating the deaths of civil rights activists and other lesser-known African Americans in the form of giant postage stamps. The results are powerful. They include Four Little Girls, victims of a 1963 church bombing. Besides the Scottsboro Boys, Seattle Urban League director Edwin T. Pratt is honored. His murder Paul Rucker, FOREVER: Four Little Girls – was never solved.