Here then are some of my favorite bits are art from SAM and other venues. One of the things I loved about Seattle was the proliferation of art in incidental places.
What should be in one of the first galleries but a piece of tie dye work on exhibit. So for all the haters out there.....tie dye is art! Woohoo!
This was a watercolor scroll depicting a Chinese banquet. Only part of it was unrolled and the detail of what was revealed made me want to see the rest of it, not to mention how it made me hungry.
Trees speak to me. This was a detail of a large aboriginal tube intended as an ossuary.
I was anxious to see some art from among the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. SAM had a lovely collection but this mask was among my favorite items.
This was a west African gourd bowl of some sort. I loved the colors and textures. The exhibit label said they weren't sure what its intended purpose was and they welcomed input from visitors. You just KNOW how tempted I was to offer some goofy meme-ish explanation...
Seattle is known for art glass and the museum had a nice little collection. Logo loves glass too so I told her she needs to come east so I can take her to the glass museum on Corning, NY.
Moving on to the Islamic world I loved the intricate details of this pen and ink set.
This rendering of the Last Supper by Rubens just spoke to my soul. I've never been a great fan of Da Vinci's version because it's not how I pictured that moment in my own head from reading the Biblical account. This much more closely aligns with my imagination. The intimacy of that meal seems so evident here and I just love the use of light.
This coat was constructed entirely of dog tags. It was kind of a moving thing to consider. The painting to the left was also a pretty profound work in my opinion. It was called Loser + Clark and was a commentary on the effects of western expansion.
One of the very cool things about Seattle is how much artwork is all over the city. Yes, I know I can go to any city and see statues and such but in Seattle it seems more commonplace, more accessible, and less pretentious. In my mind that makes it more wonderful and more easily appreciated. Manhole covers were an example. Yes, I drew a few giggles for taking pictures of manhole covers but look at that....it's way groovier than standard issue manhole covers.
And check out this light fixture on a wall near the market. How cool is that?
One afternoon Susie and I went to the Olympic Sculpture Garden. It was pretty blustery and rainy so we didn't linger too much but we were there long enough to spot a Freak in the Box.
I gotta say, some things considered art I don't get. Susie and I agreed this one didn't make a lot of sense. It just looked like some sailor forgot some ropes.
This was one of my favorites. It's supposed to represent ships. I got yelled at by a docent for touching it when I tried to peek out from behind one of them in kilroy fashion.
And although it was rainy it would seem that in Seattle even the rain is art!