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What Gauguin needs is more cowbell

Seattle Art Museum is the only United States stop for Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise, a landmark show highlighting the synergy between Paul Gauguin’s work and the art and culture of Polynesia. The exhibition, on view through April 29th, includes nearly 60 of Gauguin’s brilliantly hued paintings, sculptures and works on paper, which are displayed alongside 60 illuminating examples of Polynesian sculpture. Organized by the Art Centre Basel, the show is comprised of works on loan from museums and private collections.

Gauguin yearned for the exotic in both his life and his work, leading to two significant voyages to French Polynesia – a two-year stay in Tahiti beginning in 1891 and a second trip to Tahiti, and later, to the even more remote Marquesas Islands, where he would spend the final years of his life searching for the elusive, perfectly primitive life.

Photo by Darrell Scattergood.

This week, conclude your visit to Gaugin’s South Pacific with a journey up north to Everett to enjoy the last home game of the Everett Silvertips hockey team. The ‘Tips are completing their home schedule with three more games before finishing the regular season with their last four contests coming on the road. Bring your cowbell– this is the most raucous crowd in the Pacific Northwest.

Photo by Darrell Scattergood.


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