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Bringing out the fall’s art endeavors
Fall art shows not to miss
Let's get visual
| September 12, 2013
Ponder great art on Maine walls
Whether they seek beauty, progress, historical focus, or unconventional ideas, art lovers should have no problem plotting the summer.
| June 07, 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
| March 22, 2013
The year ahead in visual arts
While the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART is about to wrap its wildly successful Winslow Homer exhibit, something tells me we'll be feeling the various expressions of "Weatherbeaten" for awhile.
See and be seen
| December 28, 2012
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
| December 21, 2012
Bringing the exhibits to life at the PMA
This Friday, the Portland Museum of Art stages the last of this year's Artist Intervention series, a program launched in January 2012 in which local professional artists create on-site performances and installations to complement the visitor experience.
Inside the galleries
| December 07, 2012
Older pieces lend perspective to modern world
Events in the art business have been evoking the past for me these days, a function, I suppose, of accumulating high mileage.
Back and forward
| November 02, 2012
Melding classic with unconventional
If the stuff of the greatest magnitude in established art circles can usually be found at the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART , that truism is especially valid this fall, when the museum reveals a cluster of Winslow Homer retrospectives to celebrate the restorat
| September 14, 2012
Shows at two museums combine for a real lesson
The connections between Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) and Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and the Portland Art Society are pretty straightforward.
Three Maine masters
| August 17, 2012
PMA looks closely at Normandy
Walking across the first gallery at the Portland Museum of Art's fine exhibition, "The Draw of the Normandy Coast: 1860-1960," you encounter three paintings of the same subject that outline three of the different ways of thinking that were part of artist
| July 13, 2012
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
| June 08, 2012
The PMA offers a glimpse inside Degas’s world
The work of Edgar Degas has been getting much attention from museums in the past few years.
| March 02, 2012
Tanja Hollander takes Facebook to the PMA
If you've been buzzing about "Are You Really My Friend?" the new installation of Facebook-inspired portraits by local photographer and Bakery Photo Collective founder Tanja Alexia Hollander, you're not alone.
| February 10, 2012
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
| December 30, 2011
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.
| December 23, 2011
The Portland Museum of Art shows an exhibit of Shaker crafting skill
There's something fundamentally American about this very enjoyable show of Shaker work at the Portland Museum of Art.
| November 04, 2011
Photos: ''Gather Up the Pieces: The Andrews Shaker Collection'' at the Portland Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art hosts “Gather Up the Pieces: The Andrews Shaker Collection’’ through February 5, 2012.
Through February 5, 2012
| November 04, 2011
Review: Museum Café
In the long transition by which medieval mysticism gave way to modern rationality and bureaucratic efficiency, the placement of clocks on church steeples was a profound milestone.
Sampling the artistic institution's take on food
| October 07, 2011
Statewide exhibit series winds down; are photos next up?
The fall months of 2011 have much to share for contemporary art lovers.
| September 16, 2011
Review: PMA show highlights Marin's modernist excellence
For the first half of the 20th century John Marin (1870-1953) was considered one of the foremost American modernist painters, and this fine show of some 50 of his later works at the Portland Museum of Art gives us a good idea why.
Meeting a master
| July 15, 2011
Review: Two promising young artists at Corey Daniels Gallery
One of the joys of a Maine summer is discovering great shows in unlikely places.
| June 03, 2011
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
ANNIE LARMON AND NICHOLAS SCHROEDER
| April 15, 2011
Review: The Elephant In the Living Room
There are more tigers in Texas than in India, according to Michael Webber's award-wining documentary, The Elephant In the Living Room , which plays next weekend at Movies at the Museum at the Portland Museum of Art.
Documentary investigates the suburban animal kingdom
| April 15, 2011
A look at Portland's graffiti history
Back in the early '90s, Eli Cayer had just finished art school in Boston and headed to Maine, where he continued creating street art.
| April 01, 2011
Review: 'European Drawings' at the Portland Museum of Art
"European Drawings" is the Portland Museum of Art's contribution to "Where to Draw the Line: the Maine Drawing Project," a year-long series of historical and contemporary drawing exhibitions at 16 Maine galleries and art institutions.
Historic drawings sketch the way to greater art
| April 01, 2011
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
| February 25, 2011
A Rackstraw Downes retrospective at the PMA
The first thing you notice about the Rackstraw Downes exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art is how abstract these paintings are.
| January 21, 2011
Odd year ahead for museums and galleries
Remember, for every droopy tarp stalactite that makes it into a museum lobby installation, there are dozens of similar (and similarly impressive) creatures that never leave a studio wall.
2011 brings the Biennial and much more
| December 31, 2010
The year in Portland's art scene
For lovers of spectacle, 2010 offered a lot of feasts. A fine collection of installations and site-specific works graced the greater city in 2010, challenging our perceptions and changing our surroundings.
| December 24, 2010
Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings
Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
| December 03, 2010
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