Noriko Sakanishi

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A strong, solid finish to Maine Women Pioneers III

The 18 artists featured do not necessarily strike me as occupying the frontlines of contemporary art; however, their work is mature and confident. Gender and its societal associations only rarely come to the forefront of the artists' conception or the v
Women lead at UNE
By BRITTA KONAU  |  July 06, 2013

Marking mud time in Portland galleries

Galleries tend to hunker down for the annual Maine economic recession, and are more or less vamping until full spring. Which is OK, since they are often picking from gallery inventory, and they have some good things.
 An afternoon’s wander
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 22, 2013

Bill Manning's relationally intense paintings

Bill Manning has been a central figure in contemporary art hereabouts for something close to five decades.
No rules, just reasons
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 17, 2011

Bright lines

The task of abstraction is never complete. At the very least, there will always be less stuff to represent.
A group show of abstract art at the June Fitzpatrick
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 23, 2010

More than black and white

In “Drawing,” the spare, residential Icon gallery offers the work of 13 Maine artists on intimate display.
‘Drawing’ at Icon explores the power of line
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 21, 2010

Growth + maturity

The Phoenix 's first 10 years in Portland roughly bracket the period during which I stopped writing about art.
Portland's art scene has changed quite a lot
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 18, 2009


Growing up

In the early ’90s the sleepy little Downeast town of Belfast had its 15 minutes of fame.
The mature art of longtime Maine artists
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  April 09, 2008

Looking backward

Seems like it was a pretty good year.
Portland art: 2007 in review
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 19, 2007

Secretive process

Noriko Sakanishi’s work offers the viewer very little and delivers a great deal.
Noriko Sakanishi creates her own way
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 17, 2007