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Frye Salon
Historically under appreciated, the founding collection of the Frye Museum today can no longer be dismissed thanks to fresh knowledge. More...


Zombie Abstraction (Pt 3)
Abstraction in the 21st century remains both a vital and relevant part of today's art world, particularly in the right hands. More...


Time to Declare Victory
At the recent "Superscript" conference addressing "Arts Journalism in a Digital Age," James Yood listened to what has become a familiar litany of challenges and ills and comes to his own conclusion. More...


Writers and Art Mags
DeWitt Cheng continues his dialogue with Irving Sandler's 2012 questions to art writers: How do art magazine policies affect art criticism? More...


"When Rivers Flow Like a Stream of Glass"
Richard Speer's recent stay in New Zealand heightened his awareness of the relationship between color and place, of water deeply saturated yet also transparent. More...


“Abstract Expression to Colored Planes”
Midcentury American art is a particularly strong area of the Seattle Art Museum's collection. Matthew Kangas tours us through the particulars, from Arshile Gorky's masterpiece to Christopher Wilmarth's tragically shortened path towards greatness. More...


Zombie Abstraction (Pt 2)
The recent resurgence of optical abstraction goes well beyond rehashing 1960s-era Op Art. Conceptual, cosmological and emotional vantage points have been incorporated to great effect by artists alert to both scientific and speculative developments. More...


A Commencement Show
The commencement ritual is a key annual ritual at thousands of schools throughout the country. James Yood's longtime base, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has raised buzz and controversy this year by announcing that Kanye West will receive an honorary doctorate next month. More...


Growing Beyond Disinfotainment
The art world has changed enormously over the last half-century. It is, after all, a mirror of society; but still, these changes reflect a steady loss of faith in the power of aesthetic meaning. We must demand better. More...


Alt-Weekly Arts Writing
VAS contributor Richard Speer is most familiar to Portland area readers for his 13-year run with Williamette Week. The response to the announcement of his departure prompts this reflection on where he's been, and where art writing may be going. More...


Virginia Wright (Pt 2)
The second of Matthew Kangas' two part appreciation of one half of one of Seattle's most important art patrons, Virginia Wright. More...


Zombie Abstraction (Pt 1)
David Rubin examines some of the early exemplars and what they did to empower and substantiate the abstract aesthetic. More...


Hey S-agers, Treasure Your Time
This message from James Yood is directed towards art pros now hitting their senior years, but the rest of you should listen up as well: stop griping, it doesn't help; better to focus on making your time memorable. More...


Virginia Wright (Pt 1)
Virginia Wright, with her late husband Bagley, was among Seattle's top art patrons for decades. Matthew Kangas offers the first of a two-part profile. More...


When Actions Speak Louder Than Art
Mel Chin has earned a much deserved reputation and a recent retrospective for his brilliant conceptualism. But, says David S. Rubin, Chin's projects extend beyond this to serve the greater good without missing an aesthetic beat. More...


Globalization and Art
In the tenth of his series of responses to a 2012 essay by Irving Sandler, DeWitt Cheng tackles the impact of globalization on art. More...


Really: What IS an Art Fair?
It's not like James Yood thinks there has been a lack of discussion about art fairs. But here he gets one of the most obvious and oft misunderstood issues off of his chest: What isn't, and just what is, an art fair. More...


My Art-Crush on Lady Agnew of Lochnaw
Recently to be seen at the Frick in New York, and on it's way to San Francisco and Fort Worth, Sargent's "Lady Agnew" is one of Richard Speer's all time art crushes. More...


Artist Biographies: An Annotated Selection
Twenty years ago James Yood started a reading project that continues today: Artist biographies. Here's a primer to some of the best among the hundreds he has read in case you want to catch the bug too. More...


Jim Morphesis and the Quest for Self
Betty Brown sees a key example of art for the sake of realization in Jim Morphesis’ body of work, which amounts to a carefully balanced response to the tradition of deeply historical Christian iconography and modernist expressionism. More...

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