Spring Arts Preview 2014: Visual Arts Events

Painters, photographers and sculptors work visual magic

!--paging_filter--pstrong[Painting]/strongbrBorn in Astoria, Oregon, and based in northern California, painter Eric Zener is a master of the photorealist style, creating stunningly vibrant images, often of people underwater (pictured above) or in other personal sanctuaries. 5/1–5/30. Times vary. Free. Foster White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S; 206.622.2833;a href="http://www.fosterwhite.com" target="_blank" fosterwhite.com/a brbr /
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brstrong[Painting]/strongbrThe scribbly “white writing” covering legendary Northwest artist Mark Tobey’s dense, abstract paintings was highly influenced by Asian calligraphy. In Mark Tobey and Teng Baiye: Seattle/Shanghai, the influence of Chinese artist Teng Baiye, Tobey’s close friend and contemporary, becomes immensely clear. Through 5/25. Times vary. Free. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave.; 206.622.9250; a href="http://www.fryemuseum.org" target="_blank"fryemuseum.org/a brbrstrong[Photography]/strongbrSeattle photographer Chris Engman re-envisions, reframes and recreates landscapes, such as the spray of beach pebbles he photographed, numbered, re-installed at his studio and photographed again. 4/3–5/17. Times vary. Free. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S; 206.624.0770; a href="http://www.gregkucera.com" target="_blank"gregkucera.com/abrstrongbr[Painting]/strongbrBrooklyn-based artist Martin Wittfooth’s striking paintings place wild animals in surreal scenarios—a pelican gulping pearls, a tiger atop a junker car—that seem both absurd and entirely possible. 5/1–5/31. Times vary. Free. Roq La Rue Gallery, 532 First Ave. S; 206.374.8977; a href="http://www.roqlarue.com" target="_blank"roqlarue.com/abrbrstrong[Various]/strongbrThe first exhibition outside of Japan focused on Japanese art of this style, Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945 features 200 paintings, sculptures, ceramics and other examples. Blending traditional Asian motifs with recognizable machine-age geometry, the works lend fresh perspective on how this design movement played out around the globe. 5/10–10/19. Times and prices vary. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St.; 206.654.3100; a href="http://www.seattleartmuseum.org" target="_blank"seattleartmuseum.org/a/p
pstrong[Videos]/strongbrWinner of the Henry Gallery’s 2013 Brink Award for emerging Northwest artists, Seattle’s Anne Fenton is an artist whose video work echoes photography—staging a paused moment that loops in the memory. 3/1–6/15. Times and prices vary. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Avenue NE and 41st Street; 206.543.2280; a href="http://www.henryart.org" target="_blank"henryart.org/a/p
pstrong[Sculpture]/strongbrSeattle sculptor Dan Webb works wonders with maple and fir, carving rough blocks of wood into nuanced, liquid and often witty forms. See his shrouded heads, dandelions, balloons and new work in the 15-year retrospective Fragile Fortress. 3/7–6/15. Times and prices vary. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE; 425.519.0770; a href="http://www.bellevuearts.org" target="_blank"bellevuearts.org/abrbr /
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brbrstrongimg src="/sites/default/files/newfiles/camillepatha_punch.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" height="399" width="400"[Painting]/strongbrNorthwest artist Camille Patha was a pioneer of West Coast Surrealism, adapting the edgy abstraction of the 1960s to her feminist point of view. Witness her vigorous use of hues in A Punch of Color, a 50-year retrospective. Through 5/25. Times and prices vary. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.; 253.272.4258; a href="http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org" target="_blank"tacomaartmuseum.org/a em(Photo: Courtesy of Tacoma Art Museum)/em/p

The Must List: Dangerous Liasons, Eric Idle and John Cleese and South Asian Film Festival

The Must List: Dangerous Liasons, Eric Idle and John Cleese and South Asian Film Festival

What to do this weekend in Seattle
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Comedy legends Eric Idle and John Cleese come to Seattle.

Must Watch
The 11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival
(Through 10/23, times vary) The 11th Avenue annual South Asian Film Festival includes 23 feature films and 22 shorts from nine countries, plus a ground-breaking community symposium centered around film censorship on South Asia and relevant film programs that deal with significant topics such as youth, sexual minorities, and mental health.  

Must See
Dakota Gearhart's Multimedia Installation
(Through 10/31, 6-8 p.m.) Photomedia and installation artist Gearhart is one of the most important visual artists to emerge in Seattle during the past several years. Taking such undistinguished matter as wood, Tyvek, Mylar and yams, she integrates them with video feeds and audio tracks to create work that expresses a poignant sense of emotional and environmental vulnerability. During October’s First Thursday Gallery Walk, she presented this new work produced as part of the Artist in Residence (AIR) Program sponsored by Recology CleanScapes, one of the largest operators of material recovery and organics processing facilities in the western United States. 

Must View
Dangerous Liasons
(10/21-11/20, times vary) Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ steamy epistolary novel about seduction and revenge among Paris aristocrats on the eve of the French Revolution was the subject of a popular 1988 movie. Now it takes dramatic form on the stage and comes to Seattle. 

Must Vibe
Zakir Hussain & Niladri Kumar
(10/23, 5 p.m.) Percussionist and tabla player Zakir Hussain has for decades been a leading figure in the world of classical Indian music, accompanying all of its greatest musicians and dancers in concert. He has also been a key figure in the development of the world music movement. On his current tour, he is joined by sitar master Niladri Kumar. 

Must Walk Silly
John Cleese and Eric Idle
(10/26, 7:30 p.m.) Monty Python's John Cleese and Eric Idle—now both in their 70s—promise "scripted and improvised bits" along with "aquatic juggling" in their sit-down comedy performance, Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time. Laughs are guaranteed from this veteran comic duo, and likely a few winks and nudges, too.