Visual Arts Picks


My guess is that a lot of people are going to be drawn to the Tacoma Art Museum this summer to see a touring Andy Goldsworthy exhibit that opened this past weekend. For those who don't know, Goldsworthy does astonishing things with all-natural materials (see Hole in Leaves Sinking . . . at right): colored leaves, formed snowballs, balanced stones. But the TAM show, "Mountain and Coast, Autumn Into Winter," will probably disappoint, since it's limited to 34 photos from a 1987 residency in Japan and four small nature-made sculpture pieces. Don't get me wrong—I think Goldsworthy is a genius, and he's done much to get us thinking about nature as art material and art's transitoriness vs. permanence. But while you're there, have a look at a show that exceeds expectations: TAM's Northwest Annual, this year with the moniker "Buildingwise" in honor of the museum's lovely new home. The juried show includes a painting and time-lapse video of its creation by Patte Loper, realist paintings thick with queasy pinks and greens by Robert Jones (see Searching the Pieces above), a couple of clever video installations by Juniper Shuey and Iole Alessandrini, large-scale abstractions by Margie Livingston, and Rachel Brumer's quilts-as-stained-glass. Come for the Goldsworthy, but stay for the Annual. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. Every third Thursday free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. ANDREW ENGELSON

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