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Spring Arts Guide
Stephen Lynch, The Wedding Singer
Visionary architect, Maya Lin
Clown prince, Hacki Ginda
The grand Dame Edna
Legendary sleuth, Arthur Conan Doyle
Raunchy comic, Dave Chappelle
DISCOVERING BUDDHIST ART—SEEKING THE SUBLIME Like many revered figures, Buddha has inspired art throughout the world and the ages. SAAM has reopened after a reroofing hiatus by reprising a show from 2003, presenting nearly 100 objects from its permanent collection representing the influence of Buddhism on the art and culture of China, Korea, India, Japan, Thailand, and Tibet. The show is curated by Yukiko Shirahara. For a preview, see the museum's beautifully designed Flash Web site. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org. Ongoing.
TOOBA In this allegorical video installation by Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat, a woman merges into the "tree of paradise." Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org. Ends Oct. 15.
CZECH GLASS, 1945–1980: DESIGN IN AN AGE OF ADVERSITY Glasswork from a difficult era in Czechoslovakian postwar history. Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma, 253-284-4750, www.museumofglass.org. Ends June 18.
CANDIDA HOFER: ARCHITECTURE OF ABSENCE The first North American review of work by this German photographer whose focus is the composition of public interiors devoid of people. Frye Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250, www.fryeart.org. Ends April 16.
2 BRASTA BONIFACHO This Yugoslavian painter's brilliantly colored oil canvases play with letters and codes. Foster/White, 123 S. Jackson St., 206-622-2833, www.fosterwhite.com. Ends Feb. 25.
2 HENRI MATISSE Etchings and lithographs by the great French painter. Greg Kucera, 212 Third Ave. S., 206-624-0770, www.greg kucera.com. Ends April 1.
17 THOMAS MANN Using detritus found in the streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, Mann's "Storm Cycle" documents the emotions and remains of a ravaged, beloved city in 20 loss-filled shadowbox panels. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 425-519-0770, www.bellevueart.org. Ends May 21.
25 ROY LICHTENSTEIN: PRINTS 1956–97 Prints by the famed pop-art painter, from the Jordan D. Schnitzer family collection. Henry Art Gallery, UW campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2280, www.henryart.org. Ends May 7.
1 CONNECT/DISCONNECT A group show of abstract work by nine artists from Seattle, Honolulu, Portland, and New Zealand: Andree Carter, Joan Stuart Ross, Martha Carey, Kloe Kang, Mary Mitsuda, Mo Sato, Deanne Belinoff, Stuart Time, and Adela Gonzalez. Patricia Cameron, 234 Dexter Ave., 206-343-9647, www.pcameronfineart.com. Ends April 15.
2 DRAKE DEKNATEL When he died suddenly last fall, Deknatel was working on a series of large, dramatic canvases with thick gashes and crosshatches of blue and black paint depicting a small boy in an oversized soldier's suit. That boy was himself in his father's World War I uniform. His variations on this theme are a fascinating study in style, demonstrating how approaching emotionally charged images from a distance of time can result in powerful art. Catherine Person Gallery, 319 Third Ave. S., 206-763-5565, www.catherinepersongallery.com. Ends April 1.
2 BILL JACOBSON "New Year's Day" and other new photographs in this accomplished artist's characteristic blurred-image style. G. Gibson Gallery, 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033, www.ggibsongallery.com. Ends April 15.
30 BOYS AND FLOWERS If past shows, and this vaguely provocative title, are any clue, the spring show at the spacious and edgy Western Bridge is likely to be interesting. Featuring video by Kutlug Ataman and Kirsten Stoltmann, commissioned large-scale wall painting by Paul Morrison, and commissioned installations by Jeffry Mitchell and Jerry Garcia. Western Bridge, 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444, www.westernbridge.com. Ends Aug. 12.
6 ENRIQUE MARTINEZ CELAYA Paintings and sculpture by this Cuban-born artist, who uses oil, tar, watercolor, and a variety of other media in his abstract and figurative work. Greg Kucera, 212 Third Ave. S., 206-624-0770, www.gregkucera.com. Ends May 13.
6 ALLAN PACKER A cast of a man's head and shoulders cut in half or imitations of plastic model kits are examples of what you can expect from Packer's wry sculptures. Davidson Contemporary, 310 S. Washington St., 206-624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com. Ends April 29.
6 CARL SKOOG Outdoor adventure photographer Carl Skoog resided in Redmond but truly lived on the peaks of some of the world's highest mountains. When he died last October at age 46 while climbing in the Andes, he left behind a collection of photographs that capture the energy and excitement of extreme outdoor sports. Sam Day, in conjunction with Skoog's family, presents the first overview of his work since his death. Sam Day Gallery, 79 S. Main St., 206-382-7413, www.samday.com. Ends May 30.
7 CARYN FRIEDLANDER In her abstract drawings and paintings, Friedlander appears inspired by Japanese landscapes and French impressionist waterscapes, rendered in pastel, charcoal, and oil. Francine Seders, 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355, www.sedersgallery.com. Ends April 30.
22 MAYA LIN: SYSTEMATIC LANDSCAPES New sculpture by the influential designer of Washington D.C.'s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Henry Art Gallery, UW campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2280, www.henryart.org. Ends Sept. 3.