Frye Art Museum

photo by Jill Berarducci

Seattle, Washington



Gary Faigin: Traditions & Contradictions

July 13 - September 2, 2001


Seattle artist Gary Faigin will show 25 paintings inspired by, in his words, "The serenity of Bellini, the light of Caravaggio, and the attitude of catch 22," at the Frye beginning July 13, 2001.

Using billboards as a template and out-of-scale fruit, Faigin creates contemporary still-lifes that are packed with action. Faigin's imagery is derived from traditional still-lifes and seems easily accessible. Look again. More complex possibilities arise: objects quietly fly apart or explode, scale expands in significance, pictures become incorporated into other pictures, and signs translate into riddles. Faigin is a consummate formalist. His witty contradictions float on a harmonious grid of symmetry, repetition, and rhythm, and are painted with a love for the virtuosity of the old masters. (above left: Expulsion from Paradise, 1996, oil on canvas, 70 x 40 inches, Collection of Charlotte and John Behnke)

Gary Faigin is cofounder and artistic director of the Seattle Academy of Fine Art and is the art critic on Seattle's NPR station, KUOW. He has exhibited widely, and his paintings are in corporate and museum collections across the United States. Faigin received his training at the Ecolè des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and the Art Students League in New York City.

Read more in Resource Library about the Frye Art Museum.

KCTS, a PBS affiliate in Seattle, WA, offers streaming video programs. A 2 1/2-minute "Focus of the Arts" segment titled "Al Hirschfeld at the Frye" introduces an exhibition of the work of the famous caricature artist at the Frye Art Museum by David Leopold, the exhibition's curator. Another Frye curator, Debra Byrne, interprets the art of Gary Faigen an a 3 1/4 minute segment. A 3 1/2 minute segment explains the paintings of figurative artist Mary Larson.

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