INKED by Wan Qingli at SAAM

Modern ink paintings with a great sense of humor

Chinese painting exhibit? Yes, but this one is a really modern and funny one. It’s a small show that occupies one only room in the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

My favorites:
Rights infringements: “Every now and then one hears of so called famous people filling out lawsuits against infringements on their image rights. Now that electronic mice are everywhere do the mice ladies and gentlemen have any plans?”
Celebrities of peace: “The white pigeon muses that, since the world is still an unsafe place in the 21st century, it will continue to be employed. The grey pigeon thinks no matter what I cannot contract the bird flu.”

In a completely different style: you should not miss “WISHES FOR LONGEVITY”, a wonderful 5-panel work.

INKED” by Wan Qingli – Until June 29, 2014

Seattle Asian Art Museum Volunteer Park:  1400 East Prospect St


Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi

One morning last week, I was glancing through The Stranger when I saw an ad for this new exhibit: Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi – Beijing 1930.

Since I had time, I went straight to the museum.
In 1930, Noguchi spent 6 months in Beijing. He studied ink painting with Baishi, one of the greatest artists to use this medium. 
It is a large exhibit of ink paintings, drawings, sculptures, and calligraphic works by these two influential artists.


I loved it. It was beautiful. I will go back soon.

And if you want to read more about Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi, click here.

—  Frye Art Museum 704 Terry Avenue
Tues–Sun 11–5, and  Thurs 11–7, Free admission and free parking