Hot New Installation at SAM Explores the Void

Tickets for the wildly anticipated exhibit lasted less than 24 hours.

By D. Scully

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June 26, 2017

This article originally appeared in the July 2017 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Infinity mirrors explores the work of avant-garde artist and activist Yayoi Kusama, and the huge impact her infinity rooms have had during her career. These immersive spaces, lined with mirrored glass and reflecting light, give viewers the illusion of perpetually floating in space. Tickets sold out in a day. While Kusama’s infinity mirrors are at the heart of the show, drawings and paintings she has created throughout her career are included, highlighting the evolution of an artist whom many consider a fearless pioneer. Born in Japan, she spent many years in New York City, where, many say, she directly influenced Andy Warhol, and where she became a fan of performance art. She returned to Japan in the ’70s, where she churned out a successful series of novels and anthologies. Now in her 80s, Kusama continues to be prolific, and this show is a reminder that there’s much more to the creator of the infinity room than meets the mirror. June 30 through September 10. Times and prices vary. Seattle Art Museum, downtown, 1300 First Ave.; 206.625.8900

 

Illustration by Arthur Mount

Seattle Artifacts: The Mystery of Chief Seattle’s Death Mask

Is it real? Where did it come from?

In different parts of the world, and throughout the course of history, death has been memorialized in a variety of different ways. One of the more intriguing was death masks. Typically, a wax or plaster cast was made of a deceased person’s face, which then served as a model for sculptors when creating statues and busts.  …

Photography by Sage Chen

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Though I’ve lived in Seattle nearly my entire life, the early winter sunsets, which fall like a set of blackout curtains over the world, never fail to feel like a curse. This year, though, I wanted to challenge myself to find a better way to get through it. Could it be an opportunity to surrender…

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Hip-Hop Healing in Seattle

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The last time I was at Seattle rapper Carter Costello’s house was under the cloak of night. I had been invited to an art and music show — featuring Seattle photographer and artist Baby Claypool, a duo of fire dancers, rapper Nobi and Costello — by local photographer James Gerde. Once I set foot on…

Seattle artist and curator Anthony White challenges consumerism and societal hierarchy in his work.

Seattle’s Prince of Plastic

Artist Anthony White’s work offers deep, and sometimes uncomfortable, cultural commentary

Overheard conversation at artist Anthony White’s current exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum plays out like a zeitgeisty spoken-word soundtrack that weaves between the past and present, hitting various cultural milestones along the way. “Is that Lindsay Lohan?” “Look, Nintendo!” “Do you notice the Greek columns?” “Ah, Lisa Frank!” The joyful cacophony is a reaction…