New shows will be opening this week at museums around town. If I may suggest, how about checking them out on Valentine’s Day. There are special events on Thursday but also ongoing exhibits. I will list a few and highly recommend them all, I know that my best dates are SAM, Frye, and Henry!
February 14th at the Seattle Art Museum-Downtown
It’s opening night for the beloved Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London. Good old fashion art, that’s in a frame and on the wall! Check out the masters and along with admission enjoy a little music too, with Art of Jazz The Dmitri Matheny Group 5:30–7:30 pm at the Brotman Forum.
February 14th at the Frye Art Museum- First Hill
This place is a bargain! Great art and it’s free parking and admission. This week two new exhibits open, Chamber Music and Nicolai Fechin. Also, walk through the ongoing galleries on 36 Chambers which honors the legacy of Charles and Emma Frye as the first show curated by the staff. If you’re up for it learn about neo-platonic love of the Renaissance with an Art History Lecture with Rebecca Albiani
Sacred and Profane Love in Botticelli and Titian at the Frye Auditorium, 7pm.
February 14 at the Henry Art Gallery- University District
For a quiet date, head to the Henry’s Light Reign the James Turrelll Skyspace. It’s a meditative space that combines architecture, sculpture, and space. In the other galleries find Now Here is also Nowhere: Part II the second part of a series of works that explore intangible concepts such as knowledge, language, and the body. If you really get into this contemporary art thing… at 7pm, Oscar Tuazon a native Seattleite artist working in Paris will be giving a lecture.
February 14th at the Seattle Asian Art Museum- Capitol Hill
Last week for my birthday, I convinced my friends to head over to Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill.Not only was it a beautiful day for a walk but the ongoing exhibit Legends, Tales, Poetry: Visual Narrative in Japanese Art was inspiring. In the mid-19th century, when Japan opened trade with the western world their most impacting export was their art. From fine porcelain to woodblock prints this decorative art influenced European artist such as Van Gogh. Today, some of the best known printmaker are Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai. In the current exhibit, you’ll find the “The Plum Garden in Kameido” by Hiroshige which is the print that Van Gogh replicated many times and from which he drew inspiration for other painting techniques.