SIMPLE ART IN A SHRINE TO SIMPLICITY A view of ‘9 from L.A.’ at the Wright Space.
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  • SIMPLE ART IN A SHRINE TO SIMPLICITY A view of ‘9 from L.A.’ at the Wright Space.

Virginia Wright doesn't know how much longer she'll keep doing this. She's been behind the scenes of Seattle art since 1956, the year she moved back to her home city. The daughter of a local timber titan, she'd gone east and studied art at Barnard. She married Bagley Wright in 1953, and together they amassed a huge collection of modern art they would promise to Seattle Art Museum, forming the basis of the museum's holdings in a significant period for American art. Eventually, the Wrights wanted a room of their own, too, so in 1999, they converted a one-story concrete-block building near Denny Park—its exterior blanketed in ivy so you don't notice it unless you know what you're looking for—into the exquisite Wright Exhibition Space. When Bagley died of a heart attack in 2011, Jinny soldiered on, continuing to organize unfailingly beautiful exhibitions. Admission is always free at the Wright Space.

But as she explained in a phone conversation last week, the Wright Space may be coming to an end before too long.

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