Bellevue Arts Museum Announces Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey 1968 – 2011

Tyhe Bellevue Arts Museum presents Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey, 1968 – 2011, exhibition on view uly 12 – October 9, 2011.

Michael Cooper transforms commonplace objects into fantastical, thought-provoking vehicles. Pistol-packing tricycles and curiously mobile forms of “furniture” underscore Cooper’s role as one of the most innovative sculptors working today. Tracing over 40 years of this artist’s explorations, the exhibition is anchored by a monumental, kinetic, computer-driven work entitled How the West Was Won, How the West Was Lost, a sculptural treatise on conquest, greed and lust for oil and power: concepts as topical today as they were when the artist began the work in 1977.

Michael Cooper: A Sculptural Odyssey, 1968 – 2011 is organized by the Museum of Craft and Design with guest curator Harold B. Nelson, a specialist in contemporary craft and the decorative arts and Curator of American Decorative Arts, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA. Related programming has been made possible through funding from the Collectors of Wood Art. Local presentation of this exhibition is made possible by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Image: Michael Cooper Ruby, 2010 Laminated hardwoods, chromed and painted steel, anodized, aluminum 37 x 43 x 59 in. Collection of Gayle and Michael Cooper Photo: Michael Chase

The Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair today is one of the largest and most prominent festivals in the Pacific Northwest, featuring more than 300 leading artists and attracting an average of 320,000 art enthusiasts every year.

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