Some historical events are so profound and traumatic that it takes society a great while to assess them. The Holocaust is clearly such an event, and it has taken artists many years to begin to examine its legacy. The number of artists involved has been rapidly increasing in recent years, fueled partly by a new interest in political art in general.
Six years ago, the Minnesota Museum of American Art organized a show of contemporary art about the Holocaust. The exhibit, called Witness and Legacy, has been on tour across America ever since, stopping at places as far flung as Savannah, Georgia and Oklahoma City. Last month the show arrived at its last stop, the Frye Museum in Seattle. The timing, so close after the events of September 11, gives the exhibit an even greater emotional resonance. Here with our review is KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin.