My daughter's Christmas gift to me was a trip to Seattle. We live in a small town but we are originally from a big city, so every now and then we love to return to a large metropolitan center, either Vancouver BC or Seattle WA. My favorite image from the trip:
Showing at Seattle Art Museum,
"Quite different from the traditional prayer rug shown in this gallery, "Oiling" is nevertheless part of the same regional tradition. The artist Faig Ahmed uses his knowledge of ancient carpet-making designs and techniques in decidedly contemporary images such as this. Appearing as though a traditional rug's pigments are melting on the wall, "Oiling" refers to both the artistic flexibility of oil paints as well as the swirling patterns of an oil slick on water."
After dinner on our first evening we walked around downtown heading first to Macy's Christmas window.
The highlight of the trip was our visits to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Frye Art Museum. The blockbuster exhibit at SAM was PERU Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon. No photographs were permitted. It was an extensive well-described show, worth at least 3 hours time to get the full benefit of it. More interesting for us was the Robert Davidson show. He is a First Nations artist from British Columbia, Canada. His contemporary work is exquisite. He uses the traditional colors and forms of Haida art.
Robert Davidson show
Robert Davidson has been a pivotal figure in the Northwest Coast Native art renaissance since 1969, when he erected the first totem pole in his ancestral Massett village since the 1880s. For over 40 years he has mastered Haida art traditions by studying the great works of his great-grandfather Charles Edenshaw and others. More recently, Davidson has interjected his own interpretation of the old forms with forays into abstraction, explored in boldly minimalistic easel paintings, graphic works and sculpture, where images are pared to essential lines, elemental shapes and strong colors.