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Andy Verzosa’s re-thinking at Aucocisco

Owner and director Andres Verzosa is showing 13 three-day two-person shows this season. Verzosa is perfectly aware of the disappearance of hierarchy and authority that I would maintain is not only taking place in the art world, but has already happened
Changing parameters
By BRITTA KONAU  |  May 04, 2013
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Two fantastic new painters at Aucocisco

The hardest thing about starting an art career is finding your own voice.
Just getting started
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 14, 2012
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Catch the summer art buzz

Some parts of Portland may get quiet in the summer, but there's plenty action in the art biz. And lots of cruise-ship visitors this year to quicken the streets a bit.
Onward and upward
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 08, 2012
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Aucocisco shows early works from Bernard Langlais and Jean Cohen

A long time ago in a galaxy . . . well, it was just New York and it may seem like ancient history, but it was real life and what happened is part of who we are. We do like our stories about those days, and they quickly accrete the patina, and lack of de
Very fine years indeed
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 20, 2012
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A peek at Portland art shows in 2012

Degas and the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART headline the news for early next year. We're so used to Degas and his point of view it's easy to overlook what a difficult and radical artist he really was.
Radicals and friends
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 30, 2011
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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.
Fine lines
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 23, 2011


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Abstract artists look at craft

Abstraction is currently getting a lot of attention in Portland.
A show of hands
By BRITTA KONAU  |  September 30, 2011
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Review: A cornucopia of local art at Aucocisco

Ignore the title: this is less of an "audition" than a cabaret.
Eight is enough
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: A two-artist show at Aucocisco explores the human form

Like a sort of late-winter Frankenstein, Aucocisco's "Corporeal" exhibition is assembled from work both new and old from two distinct artists in their prime, each offering a grand centerpiece and detailed thematic series in a thoughtful investigation of
Work of body
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 25, 2011
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Review: Light and heavy connections 'Between' Gail Spaien and Ahmed Alsoudani

Gravity, of course, is relative. The weight of a thing is meaningless without its pull toward another. This is especially evident at Aucocisco's November exhibition, where multiple thoughtful takes on the theme of gravity bind the works by Gail Spaien
In grave detail
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 19, 2010
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Deep blue

If you’re going to explore the cosmos, better do it at night.
Grace DeGennaro’s ‘Indigo’ at Aucocisco
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 02, 2010


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A special Maine feel

This may be remembered as the year that the Center for Maine Contemporary Art smashed headlong into a fiscal brick wall, and at this writing it is not clear if, after its current show closes this week, it will open again in the spring.
Exhibitions to remember from 2009
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 25, 2009
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Summer people

Ever wonder why there is so much professional-level art made and shown in Maine, a state with a total population less than that of many minor cities? One answer is that following the fame of people like Winslow Homer, creative types flocked to Maine, o
Artists have long visited Maine, too
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 12, 2009
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Poetic sense

For the last end-of-the-year review I had to rely on the kindness and opinions of others, having just started reviewing again after a long hiatus.
Age of art
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 23, 2008