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Recalling the year’s most notable shows

Looking back over this year's art exhibitions, some of the most exciting shows could be discovered at uncommon venues.
In the rearview mirror
By BRITTA KONAU  |  December 21, 2012
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Wegman’s world of lateral and literal logic

Wegman's World has taken over the hallowed halls of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Thinking sideways
By BRITTA KONAU  |  July 20, 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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Emily Nelligan inspires at Bowdoin

My friend the late Sidney Tillim has been much on my mind in recent weeks.
Seriously committed
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 11, 2012
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A contemporary artist shows one way forward

There are many different ways to talk about Lesley Vance's paintings, yet we don't really have the right words yet.
Painting past and future
By BRITTA KONAU  |  April 20, 2012
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Chinese bronzes from thousands of years ago at Bowdoin

Chinese bronzes are often felt, quite rightly, to fall within the purview of scholars and collectors who delight in detailed changes from one period or region to another.
Alive with the past
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 09, 2011


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Statewide exhibit series winds down; are photos next up?

The fall months of 2011 have much to share for contemporary art lovers.
Drawing conclusions
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 16, 2011
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Edward Hopper's early, formative works on display at Bowdoin

Edward Hopper (1882-1967) occupies a singular place in the history of American art in the 20th century.
Building mastery
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 12, 2011
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Slideshow: ''Edward Hopper’s Maine'' at Bowdoin College Museum of Art

''Edward Hopper’s Maine'' is on display at  Bowdoin College Museum of Art  through October 16, 2011. Read Ken Greenleaf's review  here .
"Edward Hopper’s Maine" | Through October 16, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: R. Crumb illuminates the Bible at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

The Book of Genesis seems like inherently good fodder for R. Crumb's satirical debasement.
Biblically speaking
By ANNIE LARMON  |  March 18, 2011
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Raymond Pettibon's 'Repeater Pencil'

"Was he a cynic, an enthusiast, or merely an aesthete of rough seas?" Rhetoric scratched across a cresting wave sets the dissonant tone of "Repeater Pencil," Raymond Pettibon's 14-minute single-screen animation, which wavers between a decorated apat
Last words
By ANNIE LARMON  |  December 10, 2010


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Take a seat and consider the chair

Richard Prince's 2008 "Nurse Hat Chair" sits next to a gothic French "Joined Chair" in the first gallery of the extensive "Sit Down!" — book-ending the six centuries of chairs represented in the exhibit.
Form + function
By ANNIE LARMON  |  December 10, 2010
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Stand-alone sketchbook

Widely considered to be one of the most influential sculptors in the formation of British and international modernism, Henry Moore (1898-1986) drew from classical traditions, surrealism, and primitivism in his obsession with capturing the female form in
Drawings illustrate Moore's varied influences
By ANNIE LARMON  |  August 06, 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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Little surprise

At the tag end of a dispiriting day of gallery visiting I happened into the Bowdoin College Museum to see their collection of Warhol Polaroids matched with a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting. That's a sure recipe for ongoing gloom, but it was on my way, so
American painters cross the pond
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 05, 2010

"Basquiat/Warhol" Exhibit at Bowdoin College Museum of Art


And, while it isn't actually open on Mondays, we suggest you take a peek at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art's current exhibition schedule. The...
By webteam  |  January 20, 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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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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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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Jazz on paper

A gem of a show, two shows really, has quietly appeared at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Romare Bearden's improv collage
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 23, 2009
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The power of 'Cool'

"New York Cool" is required viewing for anyone who has an interest in contemporary American art. Comprised of nearly 80 works, the show, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through July 19.
A contemporary-art show at Bowdoin is a must-see
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  April 24, 2009


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Forceful feelings

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was one of the greatest sculptors in history.
Rodin's solidity has staying power
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 04, 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
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A shadow world

The centerpiece of Lauren Fensterstock’s installation at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is what appears to be a large black pool with giant lily pads.  
Lauren Fensterstock’s unsettling installation
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 09, 2008
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Looking directly

OK, summer’s here and it’s time to please the visitors.
Seeing what summer has to offer
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 18, 2008
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Stillness

There’s a small jewel of a show nestled into a side gallery of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick.
Floating in the world of Japanese prints
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 26, 2008


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Expanded within

On the inside, though, it feels like a much larger museum has been magically folded into the fine old neo-classical structure.
A look at the newly re-opened Bowdoin College Museum of Art
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 06, 2008