Mike McGinn, Mayor
6/4/2012 3:00:00 PM
Exhibition features large-scale artworks from city's Portable Works Collection
'BIG AND BOLD: An Exhibition of Sizable Artworks' on view at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery through Sept. 28
SEATTLE — Does bigger artwork make for better artwork? BIG AND BOLD: An Exhibition of Sizable Artworks examines many of the city of Seattle's largest artworks in its Portable Works Collection. BIG AND BOLD is on view through Sept. 28 at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery.
The exhibition highlights 11 artworks by 10 artists, including Guy Anderson, Mike Hascall, Jenny Hyde, William Hoppe, William Ivey, Isaac Layman, Robert Maki, Lucinda Parker, Michele Russo and Elizabeth Sandvig.
At 70 by 96 inches, Hoppe's Close Copy (1973) is the largest work on display. Despite its dimensions, the artwork is very quiet and contemplative. Not so with Parker's 73-inch square painting Valentine Machine (1980), a riot of color that explodes from the wall. Layman's 48-by-70-inch Extension Cords (2006) "demonstrates the present penchant photographers have for making photos as huge as possible," explains Deborah Paine, the city's curator and collections manager. Paine selected the artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection.
The Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, 700 5th Ave., is located on the third-floor concourse and is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (206) 684-7171 or visit www.seattle.gov/arts.
The city's Portable Works Collection is a rotating collection of more than 2,800 artworks—collected by the city since 1973—in all media representing hundreds of artists. The collection includes sculpture, painting, mixed media, prints, photography and textiles. The artworks are exhibited primarily in public areas of municipal buildings.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.
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