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Bringing out the fall’s art endeavors

Fall art shows not to miss
 Let's get visual
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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.
 Digging deep
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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
By BRITTA KONAU  |  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
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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
Coming Home(r)
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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
Artistic invasion
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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.
Private showing
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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.
Friend quest
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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.
Fine lines
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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.
Honoring simplicity
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  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
By BRIAN DUFF  |  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.
Drawing conclusions
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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.
Solid engagement
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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

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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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.
City walls
By JEFF INGLIS  |  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
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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.
Conceptual reality
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  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
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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.
Big words
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 03, 2010