What's ahead: A retrospective of Andrew Wyeth’s works and “Seeing Nature,” including Impressionist works from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection. Also in the works: renovations to Seattle Asian Art Museum.
One of America’s best-known artists and some of the art world’s best-known landscapes have places on the list of exhibitions coming to Seattle Art Museum in the next year, as well as civil-rights-era photography, 600 years of prints and drawings and textiles from around the globe.
The schedule was announced on Friday at SAM’s annual preview luncheon downtown.
The first big name: Andrew Wyeth. The realist painter is known for his sober portraiture and rural landscapes mostly drawn from his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pa., and his summer home in Cushing, Maine. “Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect” will open Oct. 9, 2017, marking the centennial of Wyeth’s birth. The exhibition is a partnership between SAM and the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, renowned for its holdings of the Wyeth family’s work.
Lovers of landscapes will likely flock to “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection.” Allen, a prolific but somewhat secretive collector, has amassed a stunning array of paintings tracing the history of landscape depiction. The exhibition will include works by Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Turner and a luminous abstract work by Gustav Klimt, “Birch Forest.” The exhibit opens Feb. 16, 2017.
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SAM director Kim Rorschach also announced that a major upgrade and expansion is in the works for Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. The 1933 art deco building no longer has room for the museum’s burgeoning educational and family programs, and its Depression-era boiler is past its prime. The building also will get an air-conditioning system and a dehumidifier, which will allow SAAM to bring in older, more fragile exhibitions that it can’t host now, Rorschach said. The museum will close for about a year and a half starting in February 2017.
Other exhibitions of note coming to SAM this year and beyond:
• “Go Tell It: Photography of the Black Civil Rights Movement.” April 30, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017.
• “Graphic Masters: Durer, Goya, Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, R. Crumb.” June 9-Aug. 28, 2016.
• “Big Picture: Art After 1945.” Opens July 23, 2016.
• “Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style.” Oct. 11, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017.
• “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.” June 29-Sept. 10, 2017.
• “A Broad and Luminous Picture: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian.” June 14, 2018.