Seattle’s Western Bridge art gallery to close for good

Western Bridge, the art gallery founded by Seattle art collectors/philanthropists Bill and Ruth True, will close on
Oct. 20, 2012.

By Robert Ayers

Saturday will be a sad day for the Seattle art scene — the last day of the last exhibition at Western Bridge.

Bill and Ruth True’s public space for contemporary art, Western Bridge has occupied a former warehouse just off Fourth Avenue in Sodo since May 2004, behind the family company, Gull Industries. From that somewhat unlikely location, it has presented a remarkable program of perennially provocative exhibitions, most drawn from the Trues’ personal collection.

There are some Seattleites who have seethed at the audacity of artists presenting a puddle of seawater or a couple of dogs as art. For most delighted visitors, though, works like these (by Emilie Halpern and Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, respectively) have taken on the single most important function of art — to challenge our preconceptions and change the ways we perceive the world around us.

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