Nudes In The News

Ninety-four-year-old Louise Bourgeois now has the distinction of being the most reviled artist in Seattle, thanks to an unfinished sculpture commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. The work, which will show a nude father and son separated by a veil of cascading water, has come under attack from KOMO-TV's Ken Schram, KIRO radio's Dori Monson, and pastor Joseph Fuiten for promoting pedophilia (a subject that broadcast celebrities and church leaders purport to know something about). If you'd like to get a look at the mind behind the sculpture, stroll over to the Greg Kucera Gallery in Pioneer Square. Its collection includes several drawings and prints by Bourgeois, with titles such as Angry Cat, My Hand, and Mosquito. But be warned: A couple of the images also show nursing mothers with bare breasts, and one (Bad Mother) shows a woman whose milk drips to the ground while a child clings to her leg. Does Kucera think Bourgeois' imagery promotes child abuse? "Parent/child relationships are very important in her work. And people who want to read something sordid in that certainly can, but it's just not there," he says. The French-born Bourgeois, by the way, also has works on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. (And incidentally, Schram's attack was pulled from KOMO's site by early this week.) LYNN JACOBSON


Business must be good at Roq La Rue, "purveyors of fine pop surrealism" in Belltown. The gallery is moving from its present quarters to a spot three times as big, right next door (2316 Second Ave.). A peek in the windows earlier this week revealed a colorful, inviting room—and workers bustling diligently to get the group show "Bad Moon Rising" ready for its Oct. 14 opening ( . . . Meanwhile, a short walk away, the literary center Richard Hugo House is opening an art gallery with a series of five paintings by Mohammed Daoudi. The space was deeded to Hugo House by Avenue One Condominiums, and it will host four exhibits a year ( LYNN JACOBSON


The Seattle-based nonprofit Artist Trust, which supports Washington artists through grants and other resources, has named former 911 Media Arts head Fidelma McGinn as its new executive director. That'll be balm to fans of McGinn, whose abrupt departure (firing? resignation? depends on who you ask) from 911 in 2003 left sore feelings all around. According to Artist Trust's board president, Sarah Novotny, McGinn's "strong development background" and "knowledge of the community" were the decisive factors in her appointment. McGinn will assume her new position on Nov. 7; she currently directs San Francisco's Film Arts Foundation. NEAL SCHINDLER

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