Visual Art What We Know
posted by April 15 at 9:14 AMon
I’m still waiting to hear what’s actually coming to Seattle Art Museum from the Vogel gift of largely minimalist and conceptual art announced last week. (The National Gallery of Art is handling the PR strangely, but I’m told that soon, SAM should be able to release the list of works that SAM curator Michael Darling says the acquisitions committee already approved. The NGA is gagging SAM with the explanation that the list may still be inaccurate—does SAM still know what it’s getting if the list is wrong?—but says that it wants to release the info as soon as possible. Yup, I’m confused, too. But moving on.)
To tide you over in the meantime, and since some commenters on last week’s post got excited about Sol LeWitt’s name on the artist list, here are two of the four works we know are coming. These are both miniature sculptures, the first an untitled, 12-inch high piece made of painted resin panels from 1990 by LeWitt, and the second a 9-inch long, 1971 study in heavyweight paper for a larger sculpture by Tony Smith. Perhaps there will be more like this, and SAM will have the makings of a tabletop sculpture exhibition on its hands.
Sol LeWitt, courtesy the National Gallery of Art
Tony Smith, courtesy the National Gallery of Art
This week at SAM: hot young things Eli Hansen and Oscar Tuazon open a collaborative installation on Saturday; the brothers are so hot-young that they’re also having a show at Howard House, opening Thursday, and next week (opening April 24), they have a piece in the new Western Bridge exhibition, You Complete Me. Here’s Tuazon’s 2007 folded photograph mounted on aluminum, titled Arroyo Hondo.