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Museum Closure Shocks Northwest's Art Community

In 2001, Washington's Bellevue Art Museum relocated to a bold glass, aluminum, and concrete building designed by Steven Holl and announced its intent to position itself “at the center of the region’s cultural scene.” News that the museum will close this Tuesday has left people in Northwest art circles sad, shocked, and ready to criticize, Regina Hackett writes in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Many blame the museum's closure on the building itself. As Bruce Guenther, senior curator of contemporary art at the Portland Art Museum and former chief curator at the Seattle Art Museum, puts it: “It's an artful place but no place for art.”

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