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Memories from a year in art shows

It was a year when the best shows weren't often the most memorable, and the most memorable weren't often the best.
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By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 23, 2011
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Review: Two promising young artists at Corey Daniels Gallery

One of the joys of a Maine summer is discovering great shows in unlikely places.
Solid engagement
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 03, 2011
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Touring the PMA's Biennial

The Portland Museum of Art 2011 Biennial features 65 works from 47 artists in an effort to showcase the best from today's local art scene.
The Phoenix's art writers discuss the pros and cons of the year's biggest show
By ANNIE LARMON AND NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 15, 2011
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Something borrowed

"Bride" stands tall as the leading lady at the Institute of Contemporary Art's current two-woman exhibit "A Meticulous Ferment," a five-tiered pastry of sculpture glittering with as much opulence, self-importance, and fragility as the title might suggest
Beth Lipman and Kirsten Hassenfeld at MECA's ICA
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 02, 2010
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Endless inquiry

Mikael Kennedy’s portraits of his maunderings through the American landscape harness a transcendental concurrence of vastness and intimacy.
Ghostly shapes and images at 37-A Gallery
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 11, 2010
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Moving forward

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is back in full swing after an unexpected winter hiatus.
The CMCA Biennial balances past and present
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 04, 2010


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Toys are us

Stepping into Randy Regier’s occupation of Whitney Art Works is like entering a parallel-universe 1950s FAO Schwartz showroom gone awry.
Randy Regier’s alternative histories at Whitney Art Works
By ANNIE LARMON  |  May 14, 2010
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An expanding world

Housed in two galleries at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, “Methods for Modernism: Form and Color in American Art, 1900 to 1925” presents a healthy survey of works by artists featured in the two most definitive venues for introducing European modernis
Americans look at European modernism
By ANNIE LARMON  |  May 07, 2010
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Printing matters

An aged poster hangs framed in Patricia Nick’s apartment bearing a handwritten mantra. In faded blue marker, the author scripted “An original print is NOT a reproduction. It is an original work of art conceived and drawn or cut on the plate, block or st
Vinalhaven Press artifacts at June Fitzpatrick
By ANNIE LARMON  |  April 16, 2010
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Infrastructure bias

“Experimental Geography” surveys the recent work of 19 international contemporary artists and artist collectives seeking to provide new frameworks for understanding various aspects of human interaction with the environment.  
Exploring humans + landscapes at Colby
By ANNIE LARMON  |  April 09, 2010
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Re-structuring

Three large oil paintings overwhelm the lobby at the Portland Museum of Art, introducing the show "Division and Discovery: Recent Works by Frederick Lynch," a beautiful and meditative collection found on the fourth floor of the museum.
A Frederick Lynch introspective at the PMA
By ANNIE LARMON  |  March 19, 2010


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Self design

"The Process Show" is neither a recreation of Pope.L's studio, nor an explanation of his practice; rather, its aim is to be a portrait of the artist's headspace.
William Pope.L is very present at 37-A
By ANNIE LARMON  |  March 12, 2010
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Interplay

Caitlin Berrigan’s 2009 video Transfer is simple and elemental.
The ICA’s concept-driven show
By ANNIE LARMON  |  February 19, 2010
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010
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Community building

"This is the vestibule," Blainor McGough says, gesturing at the entryway as she welcomes me into the former St. Ansgar's church on Mayo Street. She then explains that the purpose of the vestibule was to heighten people's experience as they enter the ch
Mayo Street Arts opens the doors
By ANNIE LARMON  |  February 12, 2010

4th Annual Dead of Winter with Darien Brahms, Jacob Augustine and more


At SPACE, Dead of Winter enters its fourth year as Portland's premier showcase of singer-songwriter talents. The event gets extra points for diversity, with the...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010


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Site-specificity

Wharf Street is quickly becoming a hotbed for the esoterically minded. Building on early pioneers such as clothier Rogues Gallery and smart seafood at Street and Company, the original waterfront is being bolstered with the recent opening of Brook There,
37-A Gallery opens with Hannah Barnes
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 22, 2010
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What is this place?

Bertolt Brecht asks, "In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes," he answers, "there will be singing. About the dark times."
Participatory performance art at Whitney Art Works
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 15, 2010
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Hope and energy

As we launch into the next decade with a collapsing economy and apocalyptic themes bleeding into every facet of culture, it's particularly hard to be optimistic about the arts, as yes, they are often the first to go.
Looking ahead to Maine's art scene in 2010
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 01, 2010
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Jack of all trades

Ken Greenleaf is a pretty familiar name around here. His byline has accompanied art reviews for this paper and others dating back to the late '70s. Among other things, I have heard him touted as an "authority on modernism."
Ken Greenleaf moves from the word to the walls
By ANNIE LARMON  |  December 18, 2009
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Hot for teacher

MECA faculty re-imagine the natural world and play with nostalgia
MECA faculty re-imagine the natural world and play with nostalgia
By ANNIE LARMON  |  December 04, 2009


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Deep cuts

The beauty of Kara Walker's silhouettes lies in their concurrent brutality and daintiness, and in her unabashed exploration cutting to the meat of the black-and-white binary in American contemporary culture.
Kara Walker's emotional film at Bowdoin College Museum of Art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 27, 2009
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Behind the walls

Museum L-A is sequestered in the far end of the Bates Mill Complex in downtown Lewiston, with a bold red and yellow awning announcing its presence and trumping its otherwise unassuming facade, which might otherwise be lost in the sea of industrial brick
Museum L-A synthesizes history and art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 06, 2009
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They’re crafty

While each of the artists exhibiting at ICON this month is stylistically distinct and refined, the relationships between the work of Joe Kievitt, Meghan Brady, and Andrea Sulzer provide a welcome cohesion, and a unique peek into the practice of three ind
 A bright three-person show at ICON
By ANNIE LARMON  |  October 30, 2009
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Plotting experience

Kendra Ferguson and Noa Warren are deftly paired at June Fitzpatrick’s Congress Street gallery this month, as an established and emerging artist each compulsive explore the subjective and human potential of minimalism.
Kendra Ferguson and Noa Warren at June Fitzpatrick
By ANNIE LARMON  |  October 16, 2009

A mill grows in Biddeford

'We're responding every step of the way to our environment. And to each other.'
Six artists wax hyper-real at the North Dam Mill
By ANNIE LARMON  |  October 02, 2009


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Topographic musings

"Aggregate" is Maine College of Art's second themed Alumni Biennial at the Institute of Contemporary Art, showing work chosen by a jury from among recent work by BFA and MFA graduates. While the artists represent a range of mediums, graduating class ('
MECA's second Alumni Biennial
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 11, 2009
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Revisionist whims

The story of Johann Christian Woyzeck goes like this: A German man born into poverty in the late 18th century tries his hand in several professions. Handicapped by a schizophrenia unrecognized by most at the time, he eventually becomes a soldier.
Karen Lewis purges her obsession at the CMCA in Rockport
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 04, 2009
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Found, and created

While aesthetically there is little to compare between Rebecca FitzPatrick's "Thread" show and "Multiples" by Owen F. Smith, together on view at Whitney Art Works this month, both artists appropriate found materials, are impressively prolific, and iden
Rebecca FitzPatrick and Owen F. Smith illustrate the present
By ANNIE LARMON  |  August 14, 2009
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Everybody poops

Recently selected as one of 17 regional artists to exhibit at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park's Biennial in January 2010 (alongside fellow Mainer Randy Regier), and awarded a grant from the Maine Arts Commission in support of her interactive sc
Greta Bank talks priorities and realities
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 31, 2009