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With “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the eyes of the world turned to Kurt Cobain, his band Nirvana and the city of Seattle. Cobain became the spokesperson for what folks called “grunge” music and now today, 16 years after his death, an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum entiteld Kurt will open its doors. The exhibit will celebrate his influence and the effect he had on the creative lives and thought processes of artists, according to the museum’s website.
“International in scope, the works on view in Kurt range from straightforward portraiture to pieces that show a more subtle assimilation of Cobain’s ethos and idealism in a broad range of media,” said Michael Darling, The Jon & Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art.
Pieces on display include a sculpture by Joe Mama-Nitzberg and Marc Swanson called “angel hair,” Gillian Wearing’s silent video featuring the artist dancing to Nirvana’s “Come as You Are” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and a colour photograph by Alice Wheeler of a scruffy homeless man with blond hair overlooking the city in the distance. [TheFader]