“I’m like some demented duckling stuck on this island”

Via artnet: “Another month, another art critic shown the door by a major paper. This time it’s Regina Hackett, longtime correspondent for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A representative of Hearst Newspapers swung by the paper’s office Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, to tell the staff that, ‘Journalism is a fabulous profession, but it is a business,’ and … read more… ““I’m like some demented duckling stuck on this island””

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Michael Dailey’s “painterly landscape abstraction” in Seattle

In the Seattle P-I, Regina Hackett writes about old-school painter Michael Dailey. “On the West Coast, from Northern California to Seattle, a gestural kind of painterly landscape abstraction took root in the 1950s and 1960s, sometimes but not always with figures in it. Prime movers included David Park, Joan Brown, Elmer Bishop, Manuel Neri, Nathan … read more… “Michael Dailey’s “painterly landscape abstraction” in Seattle”

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Cowie and Min in Seattle

In the Seattle P-I, Regina Hackett reviews Claire Cowie and Yunhee Min at James Harris Gallery. Cowie’s inspiration is Hokusai, one of the masters of nineteenth-century Japanese painting and printmaking. Min, a recent grad of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, is flat, abstract and color conscious. “Cowie’s insubstantial pageant looks as if it might melt … read more… “Cowie and Min in Seattle”

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Lauri Chambers: Just simply look

“Content is revealed by process…to understand my work it must simply be looked at. I want the encounter to be very, very quiet.” Francine Seders Gallery presents Lauri Chambers’s well-worked black and white paintings this month. In the Seattle P-I, Rgina Hackett writes that Chambers locates the impure pleasure of painting within the world of … read more… “Lauri Chambers: Just simply look”

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Joseph Goldberg: Blowtorched encaustics

Veteran painter Joseph Goldberg has a show of new work at Greg Kucera this month. According to Regina Hackett in the Seattle P-I, Goldberg is one of “the country’s first wave of encaustic painters, binding beeswax to linen with industrial heat and pressing powdered pigments into the still-warm surfaces, articulating his forms with a palette … read more… “Joseph Goldberg: Blowtorched encaustics”

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Eric Elliott and Carlos Vega in Seattle

In the Seattle P-I Regina Hackett writes that James Harris Gallery’s two solo shows are worth checking out. “History floats in the collages of Carlos Vega, borne along on receipts, invitations, letters and fragments of literary texts, presided over by figures who flout the laws of gravity….History is what we say it is. Vega tugs … read more… “Eric Elliott and Carlos Vega in Seattle”

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Hackett on Seattle artist Sherry Markovitz

Sherry Markovitz, 60, currently has a retrospective at the Bellevue Arts Center and a show of recent work at Greg Kucera. The Seattle artist is best known for her beaded, richly-adorned papier-mâché animal head trophies and dolls, which explore art and craft, life and death and metaphors of gender and identity. In the Seattle P-I … read more… “Hackett on Seattle artist Sherry Markovitz”

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Fearless Selma Waldman, 77, dies of cancer

Regina Hackett writes in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Selma Waldman, painter of blunt-force trauma, rape, degradation and murder, was practically unknown in Seattle art circles, even though she lived in the city since the early 1960s. “Her subjects tended to be tough, yet nobody holds such content against Leon Golub, Sue Coe or Michael Spafford…. … read more… “Fearless Selma Waldman, 77, dies of cancer”

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The Knutson and Simmons experience in Seattle

In the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Regina Hackett reports that Michael Knutson and Jeffrey Simmons paint the way “sailors scrape barnacles off a deck, chipping away at empty space until it disappears into spiraling patterns. Their work relates to the larger community of abstract artists without being in anyone’s debt. They dig in not to limit themselves … read more… “The Knutson and Simmons experience in Seattle”

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Gretchen Bennett’s love letters to Kurt Cobain in Seattle

Gretchen Bennett explores the pop-culture iconography of the Seattle area through drawings of the band Nirvana and its lead singer Kurt Cobain. Bennett’s source materials include YouTube video footage and Gus Van Sant’s film, “Last Days.” In The Stranger, Jen Graves writes that everything Bennett makes is a sort of humbled afterlife of something else. … read more… “Gretchen Bennett’s love letters to Kurt Cobain in Seattle”

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