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Some terrific art exhibits — notably “Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom” at Bellevue Arts Museum — are already on display, while others en route to Seattle (Seattle Art Museum’s “Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon” chief among them) should make it a fine fall season for the visual arts. Here are six well worth investigating.


Bellevue Arts Museum: “Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom” (through Oct. 27). A glorious survey of the Seattle ceramic artist’s career. Warashina’s work is fanciful in spirit, pointed in message and wizardly in its technique, making this show a must-see.

Frye Art Museum: “BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR” (through Oct. 13). This retrospective of the Seattle activist-artist’s career ranges from sculpture to video to photographs, as it chronicles Simpson’s antic, subversive approach to public art and environmental statement.

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Greg Kucera Gallery: “Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff” (through Sept. 28). Seattle artist Shimomura takes on an array of mischievous guises (Superman, Popeye, George Washington and more) in these self-portraits that comment wryly on the Asian-American experience of all-American icons.


Henry Art Gallery: “The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker” (Sept. 21, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014). The black-and-white photography of Metzker makes spare but daring use of shadows, silhouettes, unusual perspectives, multiple exposures and selective focus. This retrospective, organized by Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, covers more than five decades in Metzker’s career.


Seattle Art Museum: “Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon” (Oct. 17-Jan. 5, 2014). Three thousand years’ worth of Peruvian art, including sculpture, metalwork, painting and textiles, will be on view in this major exhibition, which covers Peru’s indigenous cultures, Spanish colonial influence and the blending of the two by the time the 20th century rolled around.

Photo Center NW: “Holly Andres: The Homecoming”
(Oct. 24-Dec. 15). Portland photographer Andres conjures visions of an American suburbia continually tipping toward “Alice in Wonderland” territory. Populated mostly by children and female figures, these vivid color photographs bring a surreal spin to the ordinary.

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer

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