Paintings by Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, and the rest of local art’s founding fathers were everywhere this month, from a show of Morris Graves at the Seattle Art Museum, to an exhibit entitled “Mark Tobey and the NW mystics” at Foster-White Gallery in Pioneer Square. Ed Kamuda, whose show is just ending at Lisa Harris Gallery, is also closely associated with the Northwest school.
The most ambitious show by far, and one of the most comprehensive to date, is at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, where twenty-one key figures in the emergence of what has become known as the Northwest School are on view. The exhibit was itself inspired by Iridescent Light, a new book on local art history with biographies by Deloris Ament, and photographs by Mary Randlett. Here with our review is KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin.