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SAM Expansion Unveils Art Stars

by Susan Emerling

CAI GUO QIANG, Inopportune: Stage One, 2004, cars and sequenced multi-channel light tubes.

Photo by Eduardo Calderon. Courtesy Seattle Art Museum

Founded in 1933 as a museum of Asian art, the Seattle Art Museum has reopened its downtown galleries in a new building designed by Portland-based Brad Cloepfil and his Allied Works Architecture studio, doubling the exhibition space of the museum's 1991 Venturi, Scott Brown building.

SAM is now a general museum, with the dedicated Seattle Asian Art Museum housing the 6,500-piece collection of traditional…

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