Modernism in the Pacific Northwest

June 12, 2014

The Seattle Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and Mystical, features a group of Northwestern artists who gained international recognition as the Northwest School of modern art in the late 1930s and ’40s. Reacting to strong influences from New York and Europe, the work was marked by their unique position within the Northwest’s mix of Native American and Asian traditions. Seeking to respond to the global events occurring around them, the Northwest School incorporated spiritual tenets from eastern and native religions and forms from Asian calligraphy, bringing these regional artists to the attention of the world.

Marquand Books produced the exhibition catalogue, designed by John Hubbard and published by the Seattle Art Museum in association with the University of Washington Press. At 104 pages, with seventy full-color illustrations and text by Patricia Junker, the Ann M. Barwick curator of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum, Modernism in the Pacific Northwest is the first major study of this material, drawing on the Seattle Art Museum’s singular collection of these works.

Modernism in the Pacific Northwest opens June 19 and runs through September 7, 2014. To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Seattle Art Museum. To pre-order a copy of the book, visit the University of Washington Press.


Photography by Jeremy Linden