Morris Graves "Dove of the Inner Eye" 1941
If you either live in or are headed to Seattle over the next few weeks, I am doubly jealous of you. First of all, you can go to the 6th annual Esoteric Book Conference on Sept 6th and 7th which has an unbelievable lineup this year. Seriously, there will be so many of my favorite thinkers and friends under one roof, I can't even bring myself to call out a few here lest I list the entire program.
Secondly, you can see the "Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythical and the Mystical" show up now at the Seattle Art Museum through September 7th. I've been ecstatically losing my mind lately over this school of art, as you might recall from my Leo Kenney rhapsody earlier this year. This exhibition features the work of four other PNW spiritual art titans: Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson. Though each had his own aesthetic sensibility, they shared an interest in integrating mysticism into the modern world through color and form.
Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical
Jun 19 – Sep 7 2014
Seattle Art Museum
Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries
Meet the mystics—the four artists who, in the late 1930s and ‘40s, became known as the Northwest School of modern art. Fed by one another’s passions and talents, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson sought to create art that consciously responded to the world events around them. All saw art as a form of spiritual quest. All were influenced by the Northwest’s swirling mix of Native American and Asian traditions.
Soon, they were known in New York and across the country—regional artists whose visions, for a time, were universal.
This summer, see these critically acclaimed American modernists at the Seattle Art Museum, which holds one of the largest and finest collections of their work.
I'll definitely be getting the catalog for this one, though it's no replacement for getting to view it all in person. If you can visit it, please do. Do it for me.