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Monday, December 9, 2013

The Last Days of Fifty Years of a Great Art Gallery

Posted by on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Francine Seders in 1966.
  • Photo provided by Ms. Seders
  • Francine Seders in 1966.
Yesterday was the final opening ever at the gallery in the relative wilds of Phinney Ridge, where modernism has quietly thrived for decades under the nurturance of a diminutive Frenchwoman. We Suggested the event.

But In 2006, I wrote a full profile of Francine Seders that I think is worth revisiting, because Seders turned out to be even more interesting, more wonderful, and more ineffable than I suspected when I set out to write the piece in the first place. From the story:

Today, at 40, the Francine Seders Gallery is the oldest gallery in the city still run day-to-day by its founder, and probably the city's most unlikely art success. Even Seders herself is surprised by it. "I never cater to people with money, which would help," she says, wearing a dress and folding her hands in her lap, looking like a cross between Cezanne's proper, upright wife, and Bonnard's languorous Marthe. "What can I talk to them about? They don't want to talk about the books that I read. Maybe I should play golf and have a martini."

Rather, the 80-year-old is learning Chinese from books and gardening. She'll still work from home, where she'll still be the dealer who never deals.

Christmas Eve is the gallery's last day open. The final show is works by Norman Lundin, Dale Lindmann, Dina Barzel, Michael Howard, and Diann Knezovich. She's always got something around by Jacob Lawrence and Gwen Knight, so if you don't see anything, you might ask. Don't forget to look at the art in the staircase that leads to the basement. (Gallery.)

Greystone Duo, by Diann Knezovich, is mixed media on a digital print, 2013. Knezovich lives in Seattle.
  • Courtesy the artist and Francine Seders Gallery
  • Greystone Duo, by Diann Knezovich, is mixed media on a digital print, 2013. Knezovich lives in Seattle.


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Belive on your
Posted by Paul1111 on January 2, 2014 at 12:24 AM · Report this
HuskyQuaker 4
Do not fear, my children. The little French dumpling will not go quietly into the night. She and her Stewball stable will continue to lurk the Seattle art scene and make a nuisance of themselves for another decade at least.
Posted by HuskyQuaker on December 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM · Report this
Paul Kuniholm Pauper 3
am relieved to hear Ms. Seders will still deal art from her home, though the Phinney gallery of brick and mortar will be missed. Congratulations to Mr. Lundin, et al .
Posted by Paul Kuniholm Pauper on December 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 2
or maybe its his warped sense of perspective (a trait other Slog commenters hate about me) untrue to the laws of height length width depth, or maybe its just Bonnard's women in bathrooms that i like : )

Ne'er theless, Miss Seders ran a fine a gallery aup on Phinney. Enjoyed visiting her, place. is that where I saw my first Arreguin?
Posted by dnt trust me on December 9, 2013 at 12:20 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 1
I think Bonnard is my preferred impressionist, or at least I like rooting for the underdog against the other rock star (and deservedly so) impressionists
Posted by dnt trust me on December 9, 2013 at 11:58 AM · Report this

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