Saturday, May 30, 2009

Target Practice

Seattle Art Museum has some really great exhibits in the upcoming months.  One that immediately caught my attention (due in part to an eye-catching marketing campaign referencing Lucio Fontana) is Target Practice: Painting Under Attack 1949-1978.  Billed as an international survey examining the attitudinal shift around painting, post-WWII. The exhibit will include 7o works of art by artists like Andy Warhol (the piss paintings!, excuse me - the "oxidation paintings"), Jasper Johns, Yoko Ono and Gerhard Richter. I'm so excited to finally get to see Rauschenberg’s legendary Erased de Kooning Drawing.

Image of Niki de Saint-Phalle’s Tirs (exhibition catalogue cover)

Curator Michael Darling says, “If the works in Target Practice are any measure, one might say that between 1949 and 1978 painting was not killed off so much as tortured.” 

The exhibit opens up June 25 and runs through September 7.  As usual, SAM has done a great job of organizing supplemental workshops, tours and lectures.  The event I'm most excited for? The Experience Painting Project with Matthew Offenbacher. It's no secret I think he's one of the smartest, most talented community-builders in Seattle. Whatever Matt does, I promise you'll learn a lot and really enjoy your time with him.  This 2 hour workshop should sell-out quickly so buy your tickets early!

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