Visual Art

First Thursday: September

Free is the word at downtown galleries and museums.

By Laura Dannen September 2, 2010

Z.Z. Wei, Weathered , oil on canvas, 40 in. × 60 in. Photo: Courtesy Z.Z. Wei / Patricia Rovzar Gallery.

Where will we be this First Thursday?

At Patricia Rovzar Gallery, where Beijing-born artist Z.Z. Wei shows new works and a selection of older paintings. Compared to the supersized concrete jungle of his home city, the Pacific Northwest was a revelation for Wei when he arrived here in 1989: all haunting forests and melancholy backroads. For more on how that translates on canvas, click here. Sept 2-Oct 4; opening reception Sept 2, 6-8pm.

We’ll also be at James Harris Gallery where veteran photographer Amy Blakemore shows intimate new works from 2008-2010. For 20 years, Blakemore has used low-tech equipment (i.e. a cheap plastic camera) and rigorous composition to give meaning to the banal—hair blowing in the wind, a woman with a watering can. In her latest pieces, we see more color landscapes and portraits of family, including one 2009 image simply titled Mom with the elderly matron sitting in a shadow, headphones on and expression taut like a teenager daring you to challenge her. Sept 2-Oct 9.

Blakemore will be at Seattle Art Museum tonight to help introduce her complementary career retrospective, Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988-2008, which opens formally on September 4. Curator Marisa C. Sánchez will lead a discussion with the artist from 7-7:30 in the third floor galleries. Sept 2 discussion; Sept 4-Feb 13.

Closing September 6:
Kurt at Seattle Art Museum
Andy Warhol: Love Fear Pleasure Lust Pain Glamour Death at Seattle Art Museum
Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection at EMP
International Conservation Photography Awards at the Burke Museum

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