I went to the Elles: Pompidou
exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, yesterday. It is a gathering more than 130 works of art by 75 Women artists that rocked the art world from 1907-2007. It was not only paintings, but video, sculpture, photography and installations. I can't say that every piece there resonated with me, nor can I say that I really loved any one piece. Yet, the thought that some of this art was produced in the 1950's and it is still compelling today is remarkable. These women walked up to the edge, looked over, and with no fear they leaped. They put themselves out there in ways that were remarkable for the times. They created daring and creative works that challenged the stereotype of the art world. They showed humor, sensuality and innovation through modern and contemporary art. I left there not sure whether I liked it, or didn't like it. But I do know that I keep thinking about it and the amazing courage these women artists demonstrated. They pushed the envelope of women in art in a provocative and thought provoking way. There was no internet, no connectivity, no social media in their time. They just did what they did. They were compelled to make a statement for women through art and they broke the trail for the rest of us to follow.
Artists include Sonia Delaunay, Frida Kahlo, Dora Maar, Diane Arbus, Marina Abramović, Louise Bourgeois, Atsuko Tanaka, Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle, Hannah Wilke, Nan Goldin and Tania Bruguera, among others.
If you are up for a bit of shopping after leaving the SAM, there are some stops that make the day complete. I love beautiful paper as much as I love beautiful fabric. Often, I have no idea what to do with it, but I love looking. de Medici Ming
is a sweet find in Seattle. If you love fine papers you need to go here. Its across University Street towards the south of the SAM. Its a tiny little place, but packed with pure paper goodness. After you leave paper heaven, continue heading south to Spring street. On the corner you will find Watson Kennedy
. Its no wonder they won an award for outstanding visual retailing. Plan an hour here. It will take you that long to make one lap through and see all the eye candy. Gifts galore and amazing merchandise to fill your senses. Next door you will find Far4
, which is a unique small little boutique with interesting selection of porcelain pieces as well as a collection of local artist's work and beautiful glass pieces. The sweet white pomegranate above is from their fruit and vegetable collection.
Also, one of my favorite local encaustic artists, Stephanie Hargrave
is showing for the month of November at the Partrica Rovzar Gallery
. The gallery on the corner of University Street and Second, across from the SAM.
Hungry? TASTE, the restaurant at the SAM is the perfect choice.