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Life on the Sidelines

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Life on the Sidelines


Klara Glosova

Czech (active in the United States), born 1969

With hours and years spent on the sidelines watching the kids play soccer, this work turns the everyday into an artistic response. Instead of the game, the focus here is on the audience, the families and friends who cheer their children's performance, rain or shine.
Watercolor on paper
54 × 120 in. (137.2 × 304.8 cm)
(15 sheets each 18 x 24 in)
Gift of Matthew Offenbacher and Jennifer Nemhauser with funds from the 2013 Neddy Award in Painting
Provenance: The artist; purchased from the artist by Matthew Offenbacher, Seattle, March 2015
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Life on the Sidelines, June 5–July 12, 2014. No catalogue.

Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Rebel Rebel, Aug. 29, 2015–July 4, 2016. No catalogue.

Published ReferencesGraves, Jen. "The Most Unusual Art Gift Ever." The Stranger, May 6, 2015: reproduced.

Graves, Jen. “Klara Glosova, 2015 Stranger Genius Award Nominee in Visual Art.” The Stranger, June 10, 2015.

Manitach, Amanda. “The Rebels Among Us.” City Arts, September 4, 2015.

Demetre, Jim. “Rebel Rebel at SAM to Run through December 13.” Seattle Magazine, December 2015.

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