Matthew Offenbacher’s gift

Matthew Offenbacher, “Untitled,” 2009,oil and acrylic on stainguard, 52″ x 45″ Matthew Offenbacher, “Untitled,” 2009,oil and acrylic on stainguard, 52″ x 45″ In her entertaining fall arts preview in The Stranger, Jen Graves reports that she’s looking forward to Seattle artist Matthew Offenbacher’s new project, “The Gift Shop.” “Matthew Offenbacher is a center for ideas. … read more… “Matthew Offenbacher’s gift”

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“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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Newsflash: Some artists can write

Jen Graves reports in The Stranger that some well-known Northwest artists have banded together to write a newsletter. “Last week in a group of artists, collectors, and writers, the painter Matthew Offenbacher handed out a stack of two folded 8 1/2 by 14 sheets of brownish paper printed on both sides and with the title … read more… “Newsflash: Some artists can write”

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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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Aaron Bagley: Experimental guy

In The Stranger, Jen Graves profiles her friend, artist Aaron Bagley. “Given that he’s everywhere, you’d think it would be possible to synthesize his style, to describe in a few words what to expect from a show of his. But Bagley, who graduated from Cornish in 2004, isn’t narrowing down his interests and honing his … read more… “Aaron Bagley: Experimental guy”

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Gaylen Hansen retrospective in Seattle

“Gaylen Hansen: Three Decades of Paintings,” curated by Keith Wells. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA. Through Jan. 6. Organized by the Museum of Art at Washington State University, Pullman, WA. See images of his work. A retrospective of Washington-based painter Gaylen Hansen features more than 30 paintings drawn from public and private collections. Hansen first … read more… “Gaylen Hansen retrospective in Seattle”

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Seattle graffiti gang 3A: artists or assholes?

Jesse Edwards, leader of the 3A graffiti gang, has been profiled in both Seattle Magazine and the Seattle Post-Intelligncer. Some see him as a lovable scamp who refuses to play by artworld rules, but Jonah Spangenthal-Lee reports in The Stranger that others see Edwards as a vicious gang leader and bully. “‘3A is a bunch … read more… “Seattle graffiti gang 3A: artists or assholes?”

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Oregon Biennial ditched in favor of $10,000 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

In The Stranger, Jen Graves reports: “This spring, Portland Art Museum announced its decision to ditch its traditional Oregon Biennial to pursue a broader, better, more authoritative project: the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, an exhibition of only a few artists instead of the usual jam-packed biennials. And one of those few will win a fat … read more… “Oregon Biennial ditched in favor of $10,000 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards”

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SAM slam

Lee Rosenbaum Lee Rosenbaum reports today in the Wall Street Journal: “Most museums expand to make room for their existing permanent collections. The Seattle Art Museum expanded, to 268,000 from 150,000 square feet, so that it could persuade local donors to augment its permanent collection, in time for its 75th anniversary next year. That campaign, … read more… “SAM slam”

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