March at Seattle Art Museum 

          Yesterday my dad and I went to the Seattle Art Museum for a visit. I love spending time with my dad and I love visiting a museum. So overall yesterday was a really good day.   

      We where both a little tired after a long day of hanging out admiring art. It ended up being an early bedtime for us both. I did start writing this post yesterday but I just couldn’t keep my eyes open. 

       There where several new exhibitions going on at the museum right now including some very provocative works. A new installment of feminist works has been installed on the third floor hallway. Also Kehinde Wiley, a street artist from New York City,  was being showcased on  the fourth floor. Of course there are all sorts of amazing things to see on a visit to SAM. 

       I like to park on the rooftops of a parking garage. That way you can’t forget where your car is. Also you can usually get an interesting photograph or two.  This one in particular (2nd and Union) is way up high and has a spectacular view.

Somehow we had some sun brakes on this rainy spring day here in the Pacific Northwest. 

 I love this view of the Olympic Peninsula. The public market sign, a ferry boat and snow capped Olympic Mountains. How much more could you even ask for? 

Panoramic Style


The hammering man. Yes he was hammering. For years he was broken but again he hammers on. 

  Dale Chihuly is a very famous glass artist from Seattle. His work is always showcased near the start of the museum. I love his bold use of color and dramatic shapes. I find his work to be very inspiring as do many other artists. 

       Dale Chihuly is truly a genius. He works mainly with blown glass. But when he accidentally injured his eye he started to paint and also teach. He collaborated with several other artists in the area to start a glass blowing school and club. He is the reason we have so many amazing glass artists right here in Washington. 
      Here is another glass piece I really loved.  Klaus Moje did this fusion of cubism and strict geometric color treatment and a very traditional glass medium. The shape of this dish is very classically beautiful and I just love the use of primary color. 

Beautiful glass pieces 

Again the classic shapes and primary colors caught my attention here. I think all three of these vessels would make excellent reference for a still life. 

Still life in glass

Frog Feast Bowl 1997 blown glass  

Garnering #44 1991 by William Morris 

This piece reminded me of a dead carcass on frozen snow. Recently eaten flesh. I thought perhaps it made me hungry? 

   Loved this. Wish I remembered the name. Ha his first name was Robert I do recall. Me and dad laughed at the insanity we saw in his work. Vey serious images really though. He used silk screen photographs and then added acrylic paint over the top. Unique.

  Krefeld Project, Dining Room, Scene #2, by Eric Fischi

         In 1927 Miles van der Rohe built two buildings in Krefeld, Germany. He then incited Eric Fishchi to stage scenes with furniture and people in one of the buildings. This gigantic painting was the result of a photograph he took of one of those scenes he staged. This is a new addition to SAM. Out of the 2,000 photographs Fishchi took only a handful where turned into paintings. 


Salad Days, by Eric Fishchi, painted in 1984

This piece reminded me of my biological mother. The woman is lying down in bed with her long brown hair up in a towel, nakedly smoking a cigarette. Does the title refere to the color of the bed or has she only been eating salad for weeks?  

This next room was perhaps my favorite in the whole museum yesterday. Brenna Youngblood with her free abstract expressions. The creativity in her work just screams at me. 

Imperfection is especially important to me and creating an abstract foundation that makes the eye travel. I’m not trying to render with paint but with photography imagery layered over washy, painted backgrounds

          -Brenna Youngblood

X, paper and acrylic on canvas, Brenna Youngblood 

 Next was the illusions room, as I’ve decided to call it. Set up with pop art, mirrored, art and lots of glitter this next room is definitely post modern pop art. 
  I enjoyed how you can see yourself in the art because of the mirrors. Here you can see my dad’s reflection in one piece as he admires a different piece across the room. 

This yellow and purple monster grabs your attention from across the room. I love the use of shades and tints.  I’m not sure how it loaded the image once upside down and once right side up as I was posting this but I like it! 

 As you stare into this piece in real life something strange happens. For me I could only look for a few seconds before my head begun to hum. I’m not sure what kind of optical illusion was going on but it almost felt like sitting too close to the television screen. 

Now we are on the fourth floor of Seattle Art Museum. This is where they display their collections of African Art, textiles, and masks. They also have their showcased artist on the fourth floor. 

  I always find it interesting how they display these artifacts. I really liked this tasteful array of masks and costuming. However there are others in this gallery that I really don’t like. Some of them I find creepy and lifelike, almost like something from a nightmare come to stand before you. 

Having seen this exhibition before I was more interested to move on to the next room. Where Kehinde Wiley is being shown. 

            Kehinde Wiley is an African American street artist from New York City. His collection is a mixture of great classical art masterpieces combined with strong black people. He wanted to bring attention to the absence of color in many of the great museums around the world. We both really enjoyed these paintings.

   Equestrian portrait of King Phillip II (Michael Jackson) (2009)

This was my favorite piece of his work overall. I love Michael Jackson. To see him riding atop this great white stallion 8 feet tall on the museum wall. It was astounding!!!

These busts are profound.

Bronze Busts by Kehinde Wiley




Kehinde Wiley works brilliantly in many mediums. I couldn’t believe the quantity and skill shown in this collection. I really loved his busts. In all of his works he used a great masterpiece as reference. Then he deconstructs and recreates the piece using a strong black person as his model. I do not know all of the names of the people but I just took a few quick photographs in these rooms. This exhibit was by far the most crowded. It seemed to be popular with a wide variety of people. 

This next room was just amazing. The pictures speak for themselves. You really must go see this exhibit if you are in Seattle. Just Wow! 


Beautiful. Strong. Women.

Stunning. I really loved this room as a whole. Behind me as I took this picture was a sculpture that I never got. It was so intense! 



Some of his stuff was really shocking. Some of it was so beautiful and others quite vulgar. This show was worth seeing. I love how art causes different reactions in different people. There where some of his pieces I didn’t like at all and others I could look at every day in aww. 

I created some collages of the leaflets and information handouts I got at the museum. 

“Art fills our lives with new and exciting experiences that nourish our souls”     -Anonymous



-Dominique Barrentine 


Author: dominiquebarrentine

I am a twenty four year old woman, Christian, survivor, teacher and artist. I recently finished writing my first book, "Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday," a memoir of my life and I started a blog My book is in the editing phase but I hope to have it done before my birthday in November. I love to paint, draw, sing, dance, and all sorts of other things. Check out my blog to learn more...

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