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Current Exhibitions   
   
Camille Patha, Lucent Thicket, 2005. Oil and encaustic on canvas, 103 x 75 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 2005.37.1. A Punch of Color: Fifty Years of Painting
by Camille Patha

February 1–May 25, 2014
Throughout her six-decade career, Camille Patha’s painting has oscillated between the figurative and the abstract. Patha began painting gestural abstraction in the 1960s then deliberately explored various painting styles, including hard-edged abstraction and surrealist-infused photorealism and, finally, a return to abstraction. During each era of her career, Patha demonstrated a full mastery of painting, presenting canvases that wholly embody her imagery and vocabulary with an unwavering voice and shocking vigor.

Patha asserts her power as a painter by creating imagery of a complete universe that enables the viewer to be fully absorbed within a boundless volume. In her paintings, she shares a sense of wonder about the existential conundrums confronting every person and with the exuberance of her elastic symbolism. A Punch of Color is the first retrospective of her work since the 1979 exhibition at the Bellevue Art Museum. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

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Agnes Martin, Untitled, circa 1949. Oil on Masonite, 14 x 21 inches. Collection of Scott K. Stuart. 

Agnes Martin: The New York-Taos Connection (1947–1957)

January 25–April 20, 2014
Agnes Martin is widely recognized as one of the preeminent painters of the late 20th century. Before arriving at the grid, which was the predominant structure in her work and for which she is famed, Agnes Martin painted for almost 20 years. The work from this early period is rarely exhibited and Martin herself discouraged consideration of her paintings made at this time. Many of the surviving works from her earliest efforts have been gathered for this exhibition and works included in the exhibition loosely follow her development from the more colorful and gestural biomorphic paintings to the geometric form and subtle color of her mature non-objective work. Organized by the Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico.

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Optic Nerve: The Art of Perception

November 2, 2013–April 20, 2014
Have you ever wondered if your eyes are playing tricks on you? Or why someone may see something differently than you do? Tacoma Art Museum’s Optic Nerve: The Art of Perception showcases a selection of artwork that embodies these questions while venturing into ideas about visual and spatial perception. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in pulsating patterns, eye-dazzling colors, and disorienting forms for a whole new way of seeing.

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Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist 

Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist

Always on view
In celebration of world-renowned glass artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly, gave our extensive permanent collection of Chihuly glass a gallery of its own. All of the Chihuly in the museum’s collection (with the exception of Ma Chihuly’s Floats, which are installed in the interior courtyard) are on view in the Bill and Bobby Street Gallery.

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Studio Glass from the Collection

On view through 2013
Tacoma Art Museum acquired its first work of studio art glass in 1971 and now its collection includes nearly 600 works. Three major gifts—the Dale Chihuly Collection (on view in the museum’s Bill and Bobby Street Gallery), the Paul Marioni Collection, and the promised gift of the Anne Gould Hauberg Collection—form the core of the museum’s glass collection. They illuminate the innovation spurred by artists working during the early years at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington.

The museum’s glass collection also shows how artists have embraced glass as a medium for artistic expression. Early works reveal how artists sought to master the physical properties of
the material including color and translucency. Later works demonstrate how artists embraced glass because of its power as a metaphor and to make objects of beauty. Artists have even used glass as a tool for portraiture and for careful studies of the
human condition.

Because of Northwest artists and their commitment to glass, our region remains a world-renowned center for studio art glass.

On view in the Kreielsheimer Alcove.

 
 You can also read summaries of upcoming and past exhibitions at Tacoma Art Museum.


Photos, top to bottom: 

Creating the New Northwest catalogue cover.

Z. Vanessa Helder, Coulee Dam, Looking West, 1940. Watercolor on paper, 18 × 217/8 inches. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture/Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, Washington.

Steve Davis, Earnest, Oakridge, 2005. Archival inkjet print, 29 3/4 x 23 ¾ inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the Vascovitz Family. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Dale Chihuly, Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist, installation view.

 

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