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Gabriel von Max at Frye Art Museum, Seattle

Posted in Beaux Arts, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Historia & Memoria, Medicine / Anatomy by Suzanne on July 25th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia

By Gabriel von Max - click to enlarge

Reader and fantastic artist Benjamin A. Vierling (I recently posted about his current exhibition at Roq la Rue) informed me the other day that one of my favourite evolutionary theorists, monkey painters and homines universales, the emotive Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max, currently has a retrospective - the first von Max solo show in the US of A ever - entitled Be-tailed Cousins and Phantasms of the Soul devoted to his work at Seattle's Frye Museum.

The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus - whose own von Max retrospective I blogged about here - but the Frye show seems to be focussing more on the religious and ecstatic works.

Being learned in parapsychological subjects such as somnambulism, hypnotism and spiritism, von Max's work always had a dual focus on both the (eroticised) spiritual mysticism and the (satirised) natural sciences.

I was also delighted to see that there seems to be a few of his lesser known graphic works for Goethe's Faust on display.

From the Frye's press release:

"The artist’s first solo exhibition in America includes more than 120 works, including 36 paintings from public and private collections in Europe and America as well as original drawings, woodcuts on the theme of Faust, illustrated letters, rare photographs, and antiquarian publications illustrated by Max."

The show runs until the end of October. Details below.

The Seeress of Prevorst (Frederica Hauffe) by Gabriel von Max, oil on canvas, 1892, courtesy National Gallery in Prague - click to enlarge

On show: Jul 9 - Oct 30, 2011

Address: Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104, USA, tel: (206) 622-9250, email: info@fryemuseum.org | Map

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 11 AM - 5 PM

Admission: FREE

Press release

Catalogue: A 100-page, fully illustrated exhibition catalogue published by the Frye Art Museum and distributed by the University of Washington Press will be available in the Frye Store for $30.

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2 comments to " Gabriel von Max at Frye Art Museum, Seattle "

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    Maika says:

    And just weeks after I moved away, too. Thank you for giving me an excellent reason to drive back up to Seattle for a visit. I don't want to miss this exhibit. :)

    July 25th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    It should be pretty fantastic! I don't think the two paintings featured above will be on show though, and as the title suggests, it's focussing more on "ecstatic" works (even better!). I just didn't want to feature the same paintings all over again. x

    July 27th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

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