Wednesday, August 5, 2015

"Calligraphic Abstraction" exhibition at Seattle Art Museum is about beauty

Waka poem, Hon'ami Koetsu, Japanese, 1558 – 1637, 54 7/16 × 17 5/8 in., Private collection.
WASHINGTON---"Calligraphic Abstraction" is about beauty. It’s a celebration of one of the oldest artistic traditions – and what can be seen just by looking. Opening on May 9 at SAM’s Asian Art Museum, the exhibition presents 36 outstanding works selected from collections of the Seattle Art Museum and private collectors to showcase this art form that has thrived for thousands of years. With representative works ranging from Islamic to archaic Chinese style, to contemporary artist Xu Bing’s invented writing system, and the Pacific Northwest artist Mark Tobey’s calligraphy-inspired work.

Seattle Art Museum/Asian Art Museum: "Calligraphic Abstractic" (Ends October 4, 2015); Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA; (206)0654-3100;