By Allyn Cantor
PICASSO AS PRINTMAKER Davidson Galleries, Seattle, October 8-30 PABLO PICASSO: ETCHINGS: 1905-1943 Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, October 8-November 13 This joint venture of two complementary exhibitions is timed to coincide with the Seattle Art Museum's Picasso exhibit, so as to offer an opportunity to view Picasso's mastery of the print medium. The Picasso As Printmaker exhibit at Davidson Galleries includes a collection of original etchings and lithographs, and shows the many different styles employed by Picasso during more than sixty years of printmaking. Many artworks involve images of woman, including two portraits of his lover and muse Dora Maar and his second wife Jacqueline Rocque.
CARA BARER, ED OU, LUCE PELLETIER, TOBY SMITH: PERPSECTIVES Foster/White Gallery, Pioneer Square, Seattle, to September 25 A group exhibit by four photographers showcases work on the themes of technology, conflict, pollution and humanity. Cara Barer manipulates such outdated sources of information as old phone books, turning them into sculptural objects and photographing them. Ed Ou has documented growing societal problems in Yemen, including economic uncertainty, addiction and water shortage. Luce Pelletier creates images based on foliage that depict corporal shapes like fingers and wrists. Toby Smith's ethereal nocturnal portraits of England's power plants, from his acclaimed series Light After Dark, offer both an aesthetic and a conceptual perspective.
ROYAL NEBEKER: PERCHANCE TO DREAM: PAINTINGS AND MONOTYPES Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle, October 7-31 Perchance To Dream is inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet. Royal Nebeker's favoured themes of power, relationships, and dreams are depicted in expressive oil paintings of dancers, moody figures, and obscured silhouetted characters. Nebeker's theatrical compositions allude to metaphorical places that mirror fantasy and reality.
WHERE SKY MEETS EARTH: THE LUMINOUS LANDSCAPES OF VICTORIA ADAMS Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, to October 3 Where Sky Meets Earth includes work from 1992-2010 by Vashon Island artist Victoria Adams. Adams is known for her tranquil skyscapes and eloquent scenes void of human intervention. Her work is influenced by a long tradition of landscape painting, from the European masters to American Luminist painters and artists of the Hudson River School. Her captivating panoramas with their luminous and atmospheric effects are dramatic and sublime.
NORMAN LUNDIN: GRAY LIGHT, FOUR YEARS OF PAINTING: 2007-2010 Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, September 10-October 3 Norman Lundin's oil paintings of interiors and landscapes are done in his characteristic palette of subtle grays. In his first solo show since 2006, Lundin's primary focus is the formal rendering of empty rooms and spare still-life arrangements. His crisp and detached compositions reflect the subdued light and sombre atmosphere typical of the Pacific Northwest.
Pablo Picasso, Tête du Femme Linéaire (1942), etching
Toby Smith, Foyers Turbine Shaft 1 (2010), photo C print
Royal Nebeker, Dream within a Dream, oil and collage on canvas
Victoria Adams, Lowlands #91 (2008), oil and wax on linen
Norman Lundin, The Music Room (2008), oil on canvas