Seattle Art Museum demands repeat visits

The Seattle Art Museum – So much art. So little time.

Though the Seattle Art Museum is open so many hours each day, this grand downtown Seattle masterpiece building still won’t allow you to see all there is to see inside in just one day.

And that’s just fine. Just make sure you’ll be returning. Over and over again.

The museum hosts so many new shows and exhibits, and there’s a good chance that each time you return, you’ll discover something new, something that has been improved or upgraded.

And of course, the impressive light all through the building. Oh yes, the light. The building is famous for its light that gently spreads out, through and over each of the museum’s floors like gossamer. It is like the light in the museum is “bringing things to life.”

In January 2006, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) closed to allow for a huge expansion.  This was needed to make room for the growing exhibition programs and collections of the museum. So just one block south of Pike Place Market, at the museum’s original location, a brand-new 16-story building was connected to the existing museum that also underwent a complete renovation.

The project cost over $86 million in total and doubled the gallery and public space. The huge expansion was including amenities such as a new restaurant and museum shop, galleries with white oak plank floors, terrazzo floors in all of the museum’s public spaces, and, on the 3rd floor, an impressive gallery dedicated to contemporary art.

The Importance Of Outsider Art


People would have thought it crazy, 25 years ago, to imagine the sort of frenzy that’s now driving the creation of the first new art museum in New York in more than three decades. Back then, art dealers couldn’t unload paintings by such self-taught artists as Bill Traylor, a former slave who didn’t start drawing until his 80s, for $300.

One of his paintings recently sold at a Sotheby’s auction for a record $303,750. Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio scramble to score the work of Joe Coleman, whose visionary paintings depict everything from sideshow freaks to serial killers. “He’s a big cult figure,” says Ann Nathan, Coleman’s Chicago dealer, who says there is a long waiting list for his work.

Digital Art can be very sensual

Several years ago, Los Angeles-based artist and designer Rebeca Mendez traveled to the Netherlands for a conference, where the new-media star met editor and critic Adam Eeuwens.

They fell in love, and for almost a year their relationship consisted of passionate emails and telephone calls.

Then Adam received a strange attachment to one of Rebeca’s missives. He opened it up, and there on his Dutch computer saw Rebeca’s Los Angeles hands, caressing the screen of her scanner as she whispered “I love you, I love you” over and over.

Adam did the only thing he could: He turned off his computer, packed his bags, and moved to Los Angeles. He and Rebeca soon married. Rebeca later converted the image into a limited-edition print that is now owned by several major museums.

The ghost of the body transmitted over the Internet has found a body that it is because of the artist’s ability valuable enough to be stored, conserved, and venerated.

Seattle Art Museum – Conserving Asian Art

When the Seattle Art Museum’s new downtown building was opened, there also was a show that highlighted Asian art and conservation problems related to a few classic masterpieces. These included a monumental and impressive Korean Buddha scroll as well as a dramatically beautiful Japanese screen (12-panels) that shows flocks of black crows that are swarming on a magnificent gold ground. Both masterpieces are dating back to the 17th century.

The next historical works had been brought to the museum and into our modern era through the acquisition of two local Pacific Northwest collections. One features specific Ukiyo-e woodcuts by Hiroshige, Hokusai, and some other famed artists. The second masterpiece conservation show was focusing on Nihonga, a traditional Japanese painting style that was used during and after the Japanese Meiji era, and highlights conservative resistance in relation to Western influences.

The second masterpiece conservation show was focusing on Nihonga, a traditional Japanese painting style that was used during and after the Japanese Meiji era, and highlights conservative resistance in relation to Western influences.

Asian Art Museum takes on bigger role

Works of art are frozen in time, but Art Museums are living entities that can change and grow…

This is also the case with the Seattle Art Museum (commonly referred to as ‘SAM’). SAM closed its downtown location earlier to allow for an extensive remodeling process that almost doubled the museum’ exhibition space.

In 1994 the Volunteer Park facility reopened as the Seattle Asian Art Museum. In 2007 the Olympic Sculpture Park opened to the public, culminating an 8-year process. Since 1994, the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) has been located in the original Deco/Moderne SAM facility (dating back to 1933) in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, Seattle.

So the museum shifted its operations base to a landmark Seattle building. The Seattle Asian Art Museum was now located in Volunteer Park on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. In 2007, the Olympic Sculpture Park was open to the public, which culminated an 8-year long process.

The Art Deco masterpiece, designed by Carl Gould, a famous Seattle architect, was actually the first Seattle Art Museum. Carl Gould has designed quite a few significant buildings in Washington State such as the famous quadrangle of buildings of the University of Washington (known as “The Quad”), a structure in the Collegiate Gothic style, and another famed building from his hands is the Everett Public Library.