Visual Art

Last Chance to See Picasso

Plus: Image Transfer at the Henry and BAM’s Biennial close.

By Laura Dannen January 12, 2011


Closing January 17
Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris
Seattle Art Museum

This landmark exhibit has already brought in 325,000 visitors—the most ever for a show at SAM. Here’s a peek at what’s drawing the crowds.
What you need to know Online and advance tickets have already sold out, and the lines are getting long. Your best bet is to go to the museum and request day-of tickets; there are a limited number still available, and the museum is open 10am-midnight from January 13-17 to accommodate the rush. Just be flexible—you may arrive at 11 and get a ticket for the 6pm viewing. Follow the SAM blog for the latest news.

Closing January 23
Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture
Henry Art Gallery

Copyright infringement be damned: Twelve artists explore the changing attitudes toward image appropriation and manipulation by using found images in their original works. Lisa Oppenheim looks to both the Library of Congress and Flickr for her images; in The Sun Is Always Setting Somewhere, she runs a photo slideshow of sunsets snapped by U.S. soldiers in Iraq—some distorted by oil fires or dust storms. Kelly Walker repurposes magazine articles and ads; Karl Haendel takes a photograph and painstakingly recreates it—wall size—with small pencil marks.
What you need to know Don’t forget to look up. Amanda Ross-Ho had cameras installed on the ceilings to reflect and remix the work below.

Closing January 16
BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown
Bellevue Arts Museum

Pieces by more than 30 Northwest clay slingers cover the spectrum of modern ceramics, from Patti Warashina’s delicate, mischievous figurines to Chris Antemann’s Baroque-inspired (and overtly sexual) vignettes in porcelain.
What you need to know Dirk Staschke’s My Beautiful Nothing won the juried exhibition’s John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence. BAM artistic director Stefano Catalani called it “as striking as it is perturbing.” Be sure to check it out.

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