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Out and About: Miró at SAM


Woman, Bird and Star (Homage to Picasso), Image via Seattle Art Museum.

Miró: The Experience of Seeing is the potpourri of Seattle Art Museum’s recent special exhibitions. Featuring work from the last two decades (1963-1981) of Surrealist and abstract expressionist Joan Miró’s career, the SAM borrows 61 classically bold paintings and bronze-cast sculptures from the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.

The first painting viewers glimpse— both in the museum and on advertising— is a distinctly un-three-dimensional, primary colored form: “Woman, Bird, and Star (Homage to Picasso),” 1966. The minimal lines, distinct shapes, and unblended colors are naturally evocative of Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder, among other 20th century extreme modernists, who Miró admired and was oft inspired by.

The Catalan Spanish artist’s paintings wander through the sweeping concepts of space, the subconscious, and movement. Miró believed that painting should ignite the imagination; his canvases (or pieces of cardboard) certainly don’t reveal a clear meaning in one look. “Poem to the Glory of Sparkles,” 1969, shows the “erratic course of firecrackers” and outer space, though they could be scattered, colorful prescription pills united by a black line of movement (a thematic constant of Miró’s). Continue reading

A Wonderful Trip to DC (Essay)

FeasibleIt was on Friday, May 10th that I participated in the Congressional Art Competition among Seattle Public School students. It was held at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle. The Competition included elementary and middle school students. When the award ceremony started I felt my heartbeat increase so fast.

I never thought that I’d win first place at the 2013 Art Competition hosted by the SAM. So When I heard my name called I was in complete shock. I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I was dreaming. When Congressman Jim McDermott told me to make a speech, I didn’t even know what to say. I just started thinking about my past, how many things I went through to get here, and that finally it felt like my hard work was starting to pay off.

Because I won first place in the competition I was able to visit Washington DC. to participate in the Congressional High School Art Exhibition (which included districts from all across the country), visit the ­­­US Capitol, various museums, memorials, and the White House.

I was so lucky to be able to go to Washington, DC. This was my last chance to participate in Art Competition in High School. I was so excited to go there to represent my school and my district. I am always appreciative of all my teachers at Chief Sealth International High School. They helped me a lot. Because of them I could stay strong and focus on school. Before I went to DC I made good plans to visit every museum with the help of my teacher Ms. Autenrieth. Continue reading

Art Show Review: The Seattle Art Museum

​I recently went to the Seattle Art Museum to see the Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London exhibition and the European Masters: The Treasures of Seattle exhibition. Most of the pieces are portraits with some landscapes and still-lifes as well.  It was a great experience to see pieces of art that are on display in America for the first time ever.  While I was walking through the galleries and looking at the years the pieces were done, it was amazing to me that most of the pieces were roughly 200 to 500 years old.  It was also interesting to see the evolution of art styles throughout the years.  For example, in some of the oldest pieces the children were painted as mini-adults, but as ideas of childhood started to be discovered the children started to look more child-like.

Two Girls Dressing a Kitten by Candlelight by Joseph WrightMy favorite piece was “Two Girls Dressing a Kitten by Candlelight” which was painted by Joseph Wright of Derby in 1769.  In the piece are two girls and one is staring directly at the viewer, so is the kitten.  Most of the painting is dark except for the kitten and parts of the girls’ faces.  It was a very fascinating piece to me because it was seemingly cute and innocent but the longer I looked at it the more mysterious and somewhat creepy it became.  I highly recommend visiting the SAM to check out these galleries before May 19th, when the exhibition closes. 
If you don’t get a chance to check them out, you can always check out books about these artists from your local library.  Here is a book about Rembrandt by Rosalind Ormiston if you are interested.
I hope you get a chance to experience some historic European art at the Seattle Art Museum or through your local library!  You can also get a free museum pass from the library – check it out here!
Maddie, Northeast Teen Adviser

Out & About: SAM's "Elles: Women Artists from the Pompidou"

Rineke Dijkstra’s Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA June 24 1992

An advantage of being a woman artist? “Being reassured that whatever kind of art you make it will be labeled feminist,” reads a Guerrilla Girls poster in the Seattle Art Museum. The Seattle Art Museum’s current exhibition, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, features a wide range of contemporary female artists’ works. From Frida Kahlo to Sophie Calle, the collection is an eclectic mix. Continue reading

Seattle Art Museum: The Gauguin Exhibit

 Recently, I went to see the Gauguin and Polynesia exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. I wasn’t very familiar with his work but it was very interesting to see the exhibit. I listened to the audio tour while I was walking around the exhibit and I learned a lot about Gauguin’s life, specifically about his life in Tahiti. I actually found his life very fascinating and he was a lot different than I had thought before. One of the pieces in the exhibit was a replica of his house, which was located next to a girl’s school, and the doorway had some obscene phrases on it, which surprised me a lot.

My favorite piece was called “Flowers and Cats”. It was very different from the rest of the exhibit and didn’t seem to have a lot to do with Polynesia but I still liked it. I definitely recommend this exhibit. Unfortunately, it is only at the SAM until April 29th. If you aren’t able to go to the museum you can still read about Gauguin and his exhibitions. Enjoy!

–Review by Maddie, teen blogger, Northeast TAG

Mid-Winter Break Activities…and beyond!



For mid-winter break I know a lot of you guys are wondering what to do.  Well, there are a lot of good movies that are out (or will be shortly), as well as events and books. 

For movies we have The Woman in Black, Chronicles, Star Wars, Project X, Hunger Games, and The Bully Project

  • The Woman in Black stars Daniel Radcliff, who if you didn’t know (what rock have you been under?) played Harry in Harry Potter.  It should be a great movie to watch just to see if he can break out of that role as Harry.
  • The Chronicle seems awesome because it involves teens with powers and the mischief they get into and how their powers are used badly.  Continue reading

Art Attack! Teen Night Out @ Seattle Art Museum

Check out an epic ART ATTACK: Teen Night Out! Enjoy live music and tours led by our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and local artists in the galleries. The night kicks off at 7 pm with a special award ceremony for the SPS Naramore 2011 Middle & High School Art Show. Drop by the Brotman Forum and Chase Open Studio to explore collage-making, stencils, mixed–media sculptures and more. Encore music performances start at 9 pm in the Brotman Forum with Theesatisfaction. Stay tuned to Facebook for info about surprise performances with Nick Cave soundsuits.

Bursting at the seams with teen talent, these evenings of cool culture will make you have an art attack! Curated by teens for high school–age teens only, these not-to-be-missed evenings are filled with workshops led by Seattle’s hottest contemporary artists, live poetry and music, DJs, photo booths, teen art tours and more.

ART ATTACK: Teen Night Out is FREE for all high school-aged students. Please bring state or high school ID.