Frye Art Museum Publishes Beloved: Pictures at an Exhibition

SEATTLE, July 14, 2012

In 1915, Charles Frye, a philanthropist and art collector, had a visionary plan for an art museum in Seattle’s Volunteer Park that would bring together the finest art collections in the city under one roof.

Charles and Emma Frye developed their passion for art at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. By 1909, they began building a noteworthy collection of German art to be shown one day in a civic museum. The couple continued to acquire paintings until the 1930s, including works by the more experimental artists associated with the Munich Secession, who were distinguished by their insistence on excellence, extreme individualism, and stylistic diversity.

The paintings collected by the Fryes were subsequently gifted to the people of Seattle and are now in the collections of the Frye Art Museum. Many of them are reproduced in Beloved: Pictures at an Exhibition, a 112-page fully illustrated book published by the Frye Art Museum in celebration of the Museum’s 60th Anniversary. The story of Charles Frye’s early efforts to found a Seattle art museum are also recounted in Beloved, which contains new scholarship in two essays by Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Director of the Frye Art Museum.

Beloved: Pictures at an Exhibition also catalogues a popular exhibition of the same name, which was presented at the Frye Art Museum February 4, to April 15, 2012. The exhibition was co-curated by Frieda Sondland, a ninety-one year old resident of Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, who has visited the Frye Art Museum nearly every day for more than a decade. Mrs. Sondland, a citizen-curator who earned celebrity for her participation in the exhibition at the Frye, is profiled in the pages of Beloved. The book also includes her gallery labels for many of the artworks that were included in the exhibition.

In commemoration of the Frye Art Museum’s 60th Anniversary, Beloved: Pictures at an Exhibition contains the first-ever comprehensive record of exhibitions at the Museum, 1952-2012.

Beloved: Pictures at an Exhibition is edited by Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker and published by the Frye Art Museum with the support of the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation. The book is available for $25 per copy from the Museum Store of the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. Phone 206 432 8201.

Beloved: Pictures at an Exhibition

Editor: Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker Publication Coordinator: Eliot Fearey Editorial Coordinator: Laura Landau Copyeditors: Laura Iwasaki, Marie Weiler Archival Research: Jess Atkinson, Eliot Fearey, Cory Gooch, and Ashley Fejeran, Nancy Knox, Sofia Leung, Renato Rodriguez Photography: Spike Mafford

Design: Beth Koutsky Production Assistance: Laura O’Quin, Charla Reid

Color separations by iocolor, Seattle Printed and bound by Arton, China


The Frye Art Museum is a living legacy of visionary patronage and civic responsibility, committed to artistic inquiry and a rich visitor experience. A catalyst for our engagement with contemporary art and artists is the Founding Collection of Charles and Emma Frye, access to which shall always be free.

The Frye Art Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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