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A Quartet of Suits

Oct 7 2008 – Feb 14 2011

Seattle Art Museum

Fourth Floor Galleries

This installation of four suits from the SAM collection features the work of contemporary artists Walter Oltmann and Nick Cave. Suits can be pin-striped, double-breasted, designed by Armani or Chanel. They can also sprout human hair or razor wire, or be full of stripes that were once worn on a multitude of feet. See how these two artists redefine this fashion icon and stage an encounter that defies convention. How much a man has in common with a caterpillar or second-hand clothes is illustrated in this unique quartet, on view in the Fourth Floor gallery adjacent to the Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries at SAM Downtown.

Educational Resources
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Caterpillar Suit I, 2007, Walter Oltmann, South African, b. 1960, anodized aluminum and brass wire, 47 7/16 x 23 1/4 x 19 9/16 in., Promised gift of the Vascovitz Family, T2008.114.1, © Walter Oltmann