Art Nerd City Guides: New York · Los Angeles

  • Apples and Poetry: Shin Yu Pai’s HEIRLOOM

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Their names, mouthfuls of consonants and vowels, summon colors, the elevated stations of royalty, animals, and distant places: Arctic, Astrakhan, Belmont, Bietigheimer, Dolgo Crabapple, Dutch Mignonne, Dutchess of Oldenberg, Early Harvest, Esopus Spitzenberg, Golden Russett, Gravenstein, Hawkeye, King, Lubsk Queen, Northern Spy, Rhode Island Greening, Roxbury Russett, Swaar, Tolman […]

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  • Brenna Murphy

    Media and the Fair

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    The much-anticipated, wildly hyped Seattle Art Fair blasted by like a comet. Pro tip: the next time you find yourself at an art fair, wear tennis shoes, or at least […]

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  • Bainbridge Island En Plein Air

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Tucked discretely away on Bainbridge Island’s west side near the Agate Passage crossing, the Bloedel Reserve is a paradise of lush meticulously groomed gardens and swaths of forested land that […]

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  • Among the Clouds at Goldfinch Tavern

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    For any art lover in Seattle the Four Seasons has long been a hidden gem. It’s renowned for its art-filled lobby where the Northwest School is on constant display thanks to […]

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  • Dear Diary: Ashley Armitage

    Monday, July 6, 2015

    Looking at Ashley Armitage’s photographs feels like stepping into a secret world — a dreamy world of pinks and blues, of makeup and nail polish and hair, of ritualized routines in the […]

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  • Seeing Serial: David Beckley at Gallery 110

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    I loved artist David Beckley’s Drone from the first moment I saw it on my computer screen several weeks ago. Its crisp contrast, its serialization and symmetry that transformed before my eyes […]

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  • A New Art Installation Docks Along the Duwamish

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Briar Bates is a landscape designer and artist who creates installations from organic materials. Tomorrow, she’ll be working on a new piece, Growing to Sea, at Terminal 107 Park (4700 W. Marginal Way […]

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  • On Light: Megumi Shauna Arai on Violet Strays

    Friday, March 20, 2015

    If you’ve never taken a look at the online exhibition site Violet Strays, curated by Serrah Russell and Alyssa Volpigno, now is the time. Through this Thursday, March 26, Violet Strays is […]

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  • Beach House, After Winter

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    An addendum to an Art Nerd post from last year on an installation by David W. Simpson: Simpson’s Beach House didn’t come down in September after all. Instead, it moved north from downtown to […]

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  • Dear Diary: Rebecca Chernow

    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Seattle artist Rebecca Chernow earned her BFA in glass and neon sculpture in western New York, and it was glass that brought her out to the Pacific Northwest where she worked […]

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  • Dear Diary: Gala Bent

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    Seattle artist Gala Bent has a painter’s hand and a poet’s heart. Her works on paper often read like otherworldly landscapes, with areas of geometric abstraction and dense gestural marks. […]

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  • Keyes on Keyes

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    When I sat down to write First Thursday art walk recommendations in early February I quickly passed over Doug Keyes’ work without giving it a second thought. It wasn’t until […]

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  • Dear Diary: Matthew Offenbacher

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    Seattle artist Matthew Offenbacher is a collaborator through and through. He’s also an enthusiastic looker and thinker. From 2008 until 2013, he produced La Norda Specialo, a free zine featuring writing by […]

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  • Hedonic Reversal #3

    Reality Check: Rodrigo Valenzuela and Ghosts, Monuments, Labor & Time

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    I’m walking through an unnamed zone between Belltown and South Lake Union, a tabula rasa. Somewhere skirting the edge of Denny Way, the sidewalk’s closed ahead, so I’m standing in […]

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  • Nursing, Grieving, Memorializing, Decaying: The Many Theres of the Photo Center NW’s Terminal

    Friday, February 6, 2015

    “Permanence,” Susan Sontag writes in her essay  “An Argument about Beauty,” “…is not one of beauty’s more obvious attributes; and the contemplation of beauty, when it is expert, may be […]

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What's Up

Dec
18

Dance to the Death: Ethan Folk’s Vernae

Due out this spring is an experimental dance filmed based on a ballet about pagan Russian rituals that I can assure you will be more creative, compelling, and more intense than anything else coming out […]

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When We Get There
Dec
16

Through the Looking Glass, or Ten from 2014

Work that emerges in mysterious ways; work that’s going to piss some people off, gross some people out, convolute the issue, or all of the above. Definitely work that’s trend-damning;  […]

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Dec
5

In the Land of Head Hunters

With the photographs of Edward S. Curtis, you’re never quite sure where fact ends and fiction begins. Curtis’s magnum opus, The North American Indian, published between 1907 and 1930 and funded […]

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Oct
15

Mad Campus: An Outdoor Installation Adventure

Need your art fix but don’t want to confine yourself to the dimly lit halls of a museum on this beautiful fall day? Is merely looking at art not enough […]

Ann Hamilton 'the common S E N S E'
Oct
13

Poetics of Witness: Ann Hamilton and the common S E N S E

Opening day. I’m sitting on a low wooden stool in the middle of the gallery. Certain sounds have always triggered me into near-hypnotic states, and I find myself involuntarily going […]

Oct
7

The Robert Morris Earthwork at Johnson Pit #30

“…[I]t would be a misguided assumption to suppose that artists hired to work in industrially blasted landscapes would necessarily and inevitably choose to convert such sites into idyllic and reassuring […]

Sep
26

PRATT Fine Arts Center to offer Alchemy Classes

PRATT Fine Arts Center announced today that it has added an alchemy class to its fall class schedule.  Ordinarily a class wouldn’t be offered with such short notice but it […]

Sep
15

Beach House, for the End of Summer

Beach House, artist David W. Simpson’s current installation at 1900 Westlake Avenue between 5th and 6th Avenues and Virginia and Stewart Streets, is a house you can’t step into. You […]

Sep
4

Empathetic Viewing: Rineke Dijkstra at the Henry

There are so many visual arts goings-on this week in Seattle, what with the annual Neddy at Cornish exhibition opening yesterday, a host of openings at Pioneer Square galleries on […]

Aug
26

AMDEF- Rowdy, Raw, and Highly Recommended

It’s that time of year again when AMDEF pulls out all of the stops and shoves spectacle forcefully down the throats of a willing audience.  A bit brash, but it starts […]

Aug
22

Curate the Frye’s Founding Collection

There’s just one day left – today, until 11:59 pm! – to vote for the paintings you’d like to see at the Frye Art Museum this fall. The Frye has […]

Aug
20

Memory Sieves at Blindfold Gallery

Seattle-based painter Sue Danielson has a new show at Blindfold Gallery, and she’ll be in conversation there tonight at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7) with fellow painter, Neddy Finalist, […]

Aug
15

Dear Diary: Olivia Knapp

If you weren’t out art walking on Capitol Hill last night then it is likely that you missed some of the most spectacular drawings that I’ve ever laid eyes on. […]

Jul
18

How to Fill Two Shelves

Joe Rudko and Kelly Bjork live in a charming classic brick apartment building a few blocks off of Broadway Avenue on Capitol Hill in Seattle.  The floors of their apartment are scuffed […]

Jul
16

Copious Consumption and Assholes

As I write this I am listening to Jay-Z’s Picasso Baby and have been googling all sorts of performance references from articles written by CityArts’ Amanda Manitach and The Stranger’s […]