by Matthew Kangas
WILLIAM CUMMING: SKAGIT COUNTY AGRICULTURE 1941
Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner. To Sep 20
A coincidental pendant to Tacoma Art Museum’s recent exhibition Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s, a giant survey of New Deal art, this project by young William Cumming was completed in 1941 and forgotten until 2014, when it was found in a barn. Twenty-eight feet long by seven feet tall, the painting depicts rear ends of cows being milked at a county fair and other picturesque scenes.
LI TURNER: A LITTLE SKIN
Gallery 110, Seattle. Sep 3 – 26
Part of a growing group of crisp, satirical narrative painters addressing various social issues, Li Turner has embraced an encyclopedia of injustices and dilemmas, but always with a gentle, deprecating wit. Her current suite of eight paintings, “A Little Skin,” switches moods to more benevolent, witty observations on gay cruising at the beach, leather daddies in outer space, and the appalling choices facing young men in a gun-crazed culture.