I think Alden Mason’s “Montezuma” should be the cover of a PNW punk band’s EP. Bellevue Arts Museum/Emilie Smith
If you look at Alden Mason’s “Montezuma” (1985) from a distance, it’s like looking at a different painting. Far away, the colors are overwhelmingly red and white, with a few black and yellow scribbles rounding it out. But when you step closer, the painting reveals so much more texture and color. There are lavenders, sky blues, sunset oranges. A little puke green.
“Montezuma” is a perfect example of the visual grammar Washington painter Alden Mason used throughout his decades-long career. The painter was known for layering bright pops of color to
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