Point, Click, Collect
Amazon.com has entered the fine art biz
In October, adored and anonymous British street artist Banksy—whose work customarily fetches tens of thousands of dollars—set up a simple stall at New York’s Central Park and offered his own original spray-painted pieces for $60 each. He staffed the booth with a nondescript older man wearing a baseball cap and a vest. No sales happened…
Amazon Opens Fine Art Store (Wine and Cheese Not Included)
The Seattle megaretailer is crashing the fine art party
Amazon Fine Art (beta) launched today, right on the heels of the gigantic news that Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post (not a copy of the newspaper, but the entire newspaper). The timing has many people fretting about Bezos becoming king of the world, but until that happens we might as well explore the new…
Seattle’s SuttonBeresCuller Sources New Performance Event from Craigslist
A wise man once said, “You can find anything on Craigslist.” Seattle installation artists SuttonBeresCuller took that man at his word for “To Be Determined,” their current show at On the Boards. The artists used Craigslist to source all the materials for the event, from the sculptural installations–which include an impressively huge globe made of…
Best of the City Arts Fest
Our must-see picks for Seattle's newest music and arts festival.
For the second year in a row, the City Arts Festival is bringing arts of all genres to venues across Seattle (10/20–10/22; times, prices and venues vary; cityartsfest.com). If it all feels too gloriously overwhelming, just focus on our must-see picks below. MUSIC: The Long Winters, Cobirds Unite, Cataldo and Campfire OK (10/20; Showbox at…
Nordic Museum Shows Lady Gaga-Approved Fashion
The Nordic Fashion Biennale brings cutting-edge arts to Ballard.
Surely there is no better name than Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, the New York–based Icelandic artist famous for her outlandish sculptures, installations and costumes made of braided hair and wildly woolly fabrics. Arnardottir, who also goes by the handle “Shoplifter” and is a frequent collaborator with Björk, is the curator of Looking Back to Find Our Future,…
Seattle Installation Artists SuttonBeresCuller Throw a Surprise Party at On the Boards
Tonight is opening night of the new season at local performance venue On the Boards, and I’m thrilled to go see … well… I have no idea what I’ll be seeing, actually, but I’m excited for the surprise. At some point mid-summer, Seattle installation artists SuttonBeresCuller (John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler) were given…
Locally Made Jewelry
A roundup of bold and delicate accessories fashioned by Northwest artists with crystals, recycled ma
NATURE CALLSStatement pieces inspired by the seaClockwise from top: Oversized chiffon “Petal” earrings with brass chain detail, by Pamela Davis of Capitol Hill–based Mucho Design ($34, available at Assemble Gallery & Studio on Phinney Ridge; muchodesign.etsy.com). Laser-cut metallic gold leather collar “Bouquet” necklace on plated brass chain, by Andrea Bijou of Maple Leaf’s Bijoudally…
Cool Art for Kids and a Local Designer Gets Her Twirl On
Frye Art Museum’s ‘Smalll Frye’ program makes art easier for little ones to swallow; plus, a cool ne
ART CLASS Sometimes exposing kids to culture is akin to getting them to take yucky-tasting medicine: You have to hide it in something sweet to get it down. The folks at Frye Art Museum have figured this out. In an effort to promote community literacy and get little people (and their parents!) into the museum,…
Local Artists Get a Kick-start
Seattle artists turn to a new social media tool to fund projects.
Seattle-based cartoonists Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub decided last year that they wanted their own reality Web-TV show. They had already proven that their style of “bro-mance” banter attracts a following, and they received the green light from Penny Arcade TV (an online entertainment video channel). The catch: They needed to fund the production themselves….
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