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  • 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

Nov
10

Order and Entropy: LILIENTHAL|ZAMORA at Suyama Space

At Suyama Space, the ordered black tubes at the top and bottom of LILIENTHAL|ZAMORA’s current installation, Never Finished, give way in the middle to something explosive. There, at the center, tubes […]

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Nov
4

Moments from BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood

A cold, drizzly evening didn’t keep the art-loving masses from attending the opening of Bellevue Arts Museum’s Biennial, Knock on Wood, last Thursday. The exhibit showcases several Pacific Northwest artists’ […]

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Oct
29

Mirror, Mirror

Step inside the door to SuttonBeresCuller’s current show at Greg Kucera Gallery, and you’ll meet two walls of mirrors. They’re in rows of five, circular ones that duplicate a mirror from Chop Suey, the […]

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Jul
15

Art Nerd’s Guide to the Ultimate Objet d’Art

Decorative arts are back! If you need proof, just head to the Seattle Asian Art Museum where a dazzling array of Japanese Deco objects will remind you how nice it […]

Jul
4

Prints from Jim Dine – A Swan Song for the Wright Exhibition Space

The first time I set foot in the Seattle Art Museum, in the fall of 2008, I came upon Jim Dine’s Window with Ax and Objects. The sculpture was mounted […]

Jul
3

A Return to the Decorative Arts at Traver

It’s about time that the decorative arts make a comeback, pushing aside the stark minimalism in object design that has long prevailed in our region of the world.  I’ve noticed […]

Jul
1

Be My Wife ; Dylan Neuwirth’s White Hot Proposal

  Word just got out via social media outlets that Post Human Contemporary Artist Dylan Neuwirth has recently gotten engaged to long-time girlfriend and Tuesday Scarves proprietor Rian Robison.  The […]

Jun
30

No Backpacks Allowed. Many Thanks- Suyama Space

I’ve always been perplexed with the number of backpack wearing citizens that Seattle seems to have.  I constantly wonder how these people could possibly need so many things over the […]

Jun
30

ReMixed at the Seattle Art Museum Again

Only 3 weeks late, but here are some of the sights from the last Seattle Art Museum Remix.  Photographs by Amy Salowitz.   Amy Salowitz is a photographer and educator. […]

Jun
27

Ai Weiwei’s Case and Vases

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been much in the news in the last several years: for his work with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron on Beijing’s National Stadium […]

Jun
27

Julie Alpert’s Look-alikes @ SOIL

As an outspoken advocate for patterns, nothing could be more my speed than a Julie Alpert installation.  Currently splashed across the back room walls at SOIL Gallery, or at least […]

Jun
20

Denver Field Trip: Senga Nengudi

Heading to Denver in the coming weeks? I recommend the retrospective Senga Nengudi: The Material Body, up at the MCA Denver through July 13. Nengudi came into her own in […]

Jun
12

Rejected Locations for Juame Plensa’s ‘Echo’

Late last month the Seattle Art Museum unveiled the newest addition to the Olympic Sculpture Park, it is an incredible sculpture of a young girl’s head that appears to be […]

Jun
3

This Week: Mirror Check and Rebecca Solnit

A female performer examines her unclothed body with a handheld mirror. The audience stands at a distance, close but without intimacy or agency. American artist Joan Jonas first performed Mirror […]

May
30

Things You Won’t Find at TMRW Party’s Penis Envy Show

Yeah you read that correctly, we’re talking about penises on Art-Nerd, AGAIN.  As all of you may know, or should know, the TMRW Party Collective is hosting its inaugural exhibition, […]