|From Seattle Art Museum link|
Seattle Art Museum presents the only United States stop for Gauguin & Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise, a landmark show highlighting the complex relationship between Paul Gauguin's work and the art and culture of Polynesia. The exhibition, on view at SAM Downtown February 9 through April 29, 2012, includes about 60 of Gauguin's brilliantly hued paintings, sculptures and works on paper, which are displayed alongside 60 major examples of Polynesian sculpture that fueled his search for the exotic. Organized by the Art Centre Basel, the show is comprised of works on loan from some of the world's most prestigious museums and private collections.I wasn't allowed to take any pictures inside this exhibit, because (as was explained to me) SAM does not own any of this art. They were taken from many different places from around the globe, and it is a stunning and truly amazing show. I was, however, given permission to take pictures of much of the permanent exhibit at SAM, as long as I didn't use a flash. Judy took this picture of me in front of a piece called Some/One by Korean artist Do-Ho Suh, constructed from 100,000 military dog tags as a memorial to fallen soldiers. It is art that takes one's breath away.
When you first enter the Seattle Art Museum, however, you are assaulted with a piece of artistic vision that one has to see to believe: it is called Inopportune: Stage One, where Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang took nine white Ford Taurus cars and suspended them from the ceiling with pulsing light rods coming out of them. It's worth the price of admission just to see these.