There are all kinds of cool things happening at Gage Academy of the Arts here in Seattle! Check out their website for information on workshops, Art Tours, Lectures and more. Here is a great free lecture coming up on the 5th of February:
The Role of Representation
in Contemporary Art:
There Is a There There
with Richard V. West
Friday, February 5, 7:00pm
What happened to serious representational art in the twentieth century? During the past 50 years, avant-garde culture and practice seemingly appropriated many of the traditional roles of representation, from the monumental to personal expression. Even kitsch has been absorbed and celebrated. Is post-modern irony the answer to everything? West’s talk proposes that representation is alive, well and flourishing even though many art critics haven’t noticed. But not necessarily in the expected places. The notion of representation is being reshaped in a number of ways and animated by new sources of energy and subject matter ranging from cinema to hot rod painting to underground comics. How will this new surge of energy shape future developments and enhance the traditional subject matter of representation?
Richard V. West is Director Emeritus of the Frye Art Museum. He has also been director of several other museums during his 44- year career, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine. A two-time Ford Fellow, West completed his graduate work in art history at the University of California, Berkeley and the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste in Vienna.