SEE: Northwest Artists
FRAME BY FRAME: CELEBRATING NORTHWEST ART AND ARTISTS will be held in the Central Library's Level 8 Gallery February 6th through March 26th, 2020. Librarians at The Seattle Public Library created this resource list to enhance your experience of the exhibit. (Created Jan. 2020)
Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle
This publication sets the precedent for the next generation of Lawrence scholars and studies in modern and contemporary discourse. The American Struggle explores Jacob Lawrence's radical way of transforming history into art by looking at his thirty panel series of paintings, Struggle . . . from the History of the American People (1954-56). Essays by Steven Locke, Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Austen Barron Bailly, and Lydia Gordon mark the historic reunion of this series--seen together in this exhibition for the first time since 1958. In entries on the panels, a multitude of voices responds to the episodes representing struggle from American history that Lawrence chose to activate in his series. The American Struggle reexamines Lawrence's lost narrative and its power for twenty-first century audiences by including contemporary art and artists. Derrick Adams, Bethany Collins, and Hank Willis Thomas invite us to reconsider history through themes of struggle in ways that resonate with Lawrence's artistic invention. Statements by these artists amplify how they and Lawrence view history not as distant period of the past but as an active imaginative space that is continuously questioned in the present tense and for future audiences.
Format: Book - 2019
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Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series With Barbara Earl Thomas
Jacob Lawrence's iconic Migration series is considered a master narrative on American history vis-u00a9 -vis the African American mass movement North, in light of the terrorism of the segregated American South. Lawrence's artistic practice was inspired, in part, by his visits to 135th Street library and work with master painters from the WPA. Join Seattle artist Barbara Earl Thomas (2016 Stranger Genius award winner) for an intimate look at Lawrence's tenure in Seattle and the historical significance of the Migration series in our contemporary present where both black families shaped by the Northern migration and immigrants are under increasing scrutiny. Seattle Art Museum is offering a once-in-a-lifetime moment to see the full series in its entirety, on loan from the Philips collection, Jan. 21 -- April 23, 2017.
Format: Website or Online Data - 2017
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Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace
Artists Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace began collaborating at Pilchuck Glass School in 1979 and went on to become pioneers of style and technique in the art glass world. The innovation, scale, and complexity of their work firmly established their place alongside other major glass artists, and their work is included in many museum collections around the world. Despite this, Kirkpatrick and Mace have not been afforded a scholarly review of their careers, which now span more than thirty years. Throughout their productive careers, Kirkpatrick and Mace have consistently explored seminal themes: principles of "drawing" as incorporated into glass, the metaphoric content of our relationship to nature, and the appropriation of materials to support a visual idea. This book will bring the depth and richness of these themes into comprehensive focus.
Format: Book - 2015
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Johsel Namkung: A Retrospective
Format: Book - 2012
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Julie Speidel: The Center Holds
"In this richly-illustrated monograph, the art of Julie Speidel is seen as one of myth and materiality, encompassing the creation more than four decades of numerous objects that inhabit a variety of locales and fulfill a wide variety of purposes. She has created sculpture in many different media and a variety of scale, as well as an impressive body of prints. Achieved by an indomitable creative will, Speidel's accomplishments are inspired by an affinity for mythology, and allude to ancient cultures while also being deeply informed by extensive personal travel from childhood to the present. Although the collected signs and imagery of her work are steeped in earlier cultures, the working vocabulary is uniquely hers. This aspect of her art anchors her in a more recent tradition, that of twentieth-century modernism: abstracted, suggestive, and referential."--
Format: Book - 2018
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Leo Saul Berk: Structure and Ornament
Format: Book - 2015
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Louis Bunce: Dialogue With Modernism
Explores and assesses the art and life of the iconic Pacific Northwest modernist painter and printmaker who engaged with American and European modern art from Surrealism to Post-Modernism. Based in Portland, Oregon, Louis Bunce maintained strong ties with artists of the New York School, counting Jackson Pollock as colleague and friend. In his fifty-year career, Bunce (1907-1983) created a wide-ranging body of work that both reflects and illuminates twentieth-century modernism. He pioneered serigraphy as a fine art in the Northwest and as a painter infused painterly abstraction with references to the topography and light of the Northwest.
Format: Book - 2017
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Michael C. Spafford: Epic Works
Michael C. Spafford, one of the most respected and admired painters in the Northwest, has created a cohesive body of work of rare intelligence and power. Now professor emeritus at the University of Washington School of Art, he began teaching in 1963 and was an influential and provocative teacher. Spafford remains an active painter who has never shied away from bold, often brutal universal themes. The rigorous physicality and formal invention inherent in his work enhance the viewer's visual understanding as well as the potency of the image. Widely exhibited, awarded, and collected, Spafford is best known for his fascination with myths of origin and heroic endeavor. His paintings, drawings, prints, and murals depict vivid episodes from epic poems and Greco-Roman mythology: 'Leda and the Swan', the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey', 'The Twelve Labors of Heracles', to mention a few. Many of these narratives were revisited by Spafford over time in different formats in search of a better visual vignette. He strips these well-known narratives to their most emblematic elements, depicting them in a radically abstracted form, which illuminates these stories in a direct and visually affecting way.
Format: Book - 2018
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100 Artists of the Northwest
The works of 100 contemporary artists interpret and provide a fresh look at the artistic vibrancy of the Northwest region of the Unites States.
Format: Book - 2013
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"The art of Paul Havas (1940-2012) is one of natural beauty, formal control, and unusual colors. Havas settled in the Puget Sound region in 1965 and went on to create a body of work dominated by oil paintings and drawings of landscapes and cityscapes, attracting admiring critical attention and considerable acquisitions by important museums. This book draws on Havas's archive of writings, letters, and documentary photographs, as well as accounts and interviews with critics, curators, fellow artists, and friends to set the artist in a perspective of Pacific Northwest and American art history. The result is a lively tale of flyfishing, rural cabins, sophisticated city life, and doggedly consistent work habits in studios in Seattle and the Skagit Valley. Quiet yet friendly, like his appealing paintings, Paul Havas is revealed as thoughtful and witty, with serious ideas about art, culture, and his own position in contemporary art. Readers are sure to enjoy this lavishly illustrated volume with extensive color plates, useful contextual images, and historical documentary photographs."--Amazon.
Format: Book - 2016
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