Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb

March 7 - June 15, 2014

"Brilliant... powerful... remarkable..." - The Seattle Times
"...a serious, definite, get-your-ass-to-Bellevue must-see of an exhibit." - City Arts
"Wow. Visual tour de force? Absolutely." - International Sculpture Center

Seattle artist Dan Webb returns to Bellevue Arts Museum with his first museum solo exhibition. In recent years, Webb has turned toward the unusual practice of wood carving, often at large scale. Featuring never-before-seen sculptures alongside some of the artist's most iconic pieces, Fragile Fortress provides a survey of 15 years of intense exploration and self-invention. In his mostly figurative work, the self-taught carver explores themes such as the fragility of life and human resilience, balancing this heady content with his characteristic, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Skillfully-chiseled carvings play against rough-hewn surfaces, revealing a tension between what was, what is, and what could be.

Honoring Webb's contribution to contemporary art, BAM has released a full-color catalogue available in the Museum Store.


Dan Webb, Splash, 2006
Carved fir, varnish. 33 x 15 x 13 in.
Collection of Jennifer and Christopher Roberts

Photo: Arthur Aubrey

Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb is organized by Bellevue Arts Museum, curated by Nora Atkinson and made possible with lead support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.