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Review: Rose Contemporary blasts off

It's a sad thing to have an empty gallery in the center of Portland's Arts District. Whitney Art Works was a vital organ in Portland's arts community, and since it closed in January, the scene has missed it dearly.
Outer limits
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 08, 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

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

Art review: Four word-based artists at Whitney Art Works

Adriane Herman recategorizes our most ephemeral and disposable documents as relevant cultural artifacts.
Text messaging
By ANNIE LARMON  |  October 22, 2010

Fall Art Preview: Rising to the challenge

Last weekend’s Block Party was a charming and invigorating celebration of Portland’s art community. The interactive evening, spearheaded by SPACE Gallery, set an ambitious standard for what’s to come on the art front rounding out this year.
Museums, galleries, and artists ready for fall shows
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 17, 2010

Fascinating new discoveries at Whitney Art Works

It's quickly clear that something's off in Ethan Hayes-Chute's world.
Curiouser and curiouser
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 20, 2010


Wild animals

Showing the work of four bleakly conceptual visual artists in bold, animalistic explorations, Whitney Art Works's "Kingdom" is a weird dominion indeed.
Multi-artist menagerie at Whitney Art Works
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 16, 2010

"Kingdom" at Whitney Art Works

Stay more firmly rooted and step into Whitney Art Works to hear a free talk by the artists showing in the group exhibit "Kingdom," at...
By webteam  |  July 07, 2010

"Kingdom" opens at Whitney Art Works

One of the best for last: "Kingdom," an animal-centric group show opens at Whitney Art Works. Participating artists are Lisa Pixley, Andy Rosen, Justin Richel,...
By webteam  |  June 30, 2010

Toys are us

Stepping into Randy Regier’s occupation of Whitney Art Works is like entering a parallel-universe 1950s FAO Schwartz showroom gone awry.
Randy Regier’s alternative histories at Whitney Art Works
By ANNIE LARMON  |  May 14, 2010

Randy Regier's toy exhibit at Whitney Art Works

An exhibit created from toys artist Randy Regier found on the peninsula, or was compelled to buy in the flea markets of Madrid, ought to...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010

Kenneth Helphand Reading

After Whitney Art Works's latest theatrical endeavor, Dual Site, wraps up this evening, writer Kenneth Helphand appears at the venue (in conjunction with Rabelais Books)...
By webteam  |  January 27, 2010

What is this place?

Bertolt Brecht asks, "In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes," he answers, "there will be singing. About the dark times."
Participatory performance art at Whitney Art Works
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 15, 2010

Dual Site + Blue Hammer at Whitney Art Works

Accompanying a month of Dual Site at Whitney Art Works is a one-night revival of the project that began this gallery dinner theater trend, Blue...
By webteam  |  January 06, 2010

Nomadic dinner theatre

Leon Johnson and company’s second experiment in “long-term nomadic dinner theatre,” DUAL SITE, begins at Whitney Art Works. It follows last year’s much-discussed avant-garde engagement,...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  January 06, 2010

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


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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Found, and created

While aesthetically there is little to compare between Rebecca FitzPatrick's "Thread" show and "Multiples" by Owen F. Smith, together on view at Whitney Art Works this month, both artists appropriate found materials, are impressively prolific, and iden
Rebecca FitzPatrick and Owen F. Smith illustrate the present
By ANNIE LARMON  |  August 14, 2009

"Thread" & "Multiples"

Whitney Art Works presents concurrent shows by two artists who find the sublime in juxtaposition, with Rebecca FitzPatrick's surreal collages and Owen F. Smith's arrangements...
By webteam  |  August 05, 2009
First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk

  FRIDAY 3 ART & PLAY Unlike the rest of the local scene, the First Friday Art Walk finds itself running on full steam on...
By webteam  |  July 01, 2009
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Weight + measure

The centerpiece, conceptually and physically, of Aaron Stephan's show at Whitney Art Works is "Flat World/Round Map," a cast-iron sphere about six feet in diameter. While not exactly the largest ( "18 Columns" covers more ground and "The Burden Crates"
Aaron Stephan's sculpture takes center stage
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 19, 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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Structural integrity

The five artists featured in "Stratum," now on view at Whitney Art Works, are diverse in background, medium, and scale, but they comfortably crowd the gallery's two rooms with sculptures, paintings, and drawings that respond to the relationships exposed
A group show at the Whitney
By ANNIE LARMON  |  May 29, 2009

Conversation piece

Leon Johnson explains his trans-historical-post-colonial-dinner-wait-what?!
Leon Johnson explains his trans-historical-post-colonial-dinner-wait-what?!
By IAN PAIGE  |  May 01, 2009

Story telling

The three artists whose work is currently on view at Whitney Art Works in Portland have a taste for narratives, real or invented.
Whitney's latest show has quiet power
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  April 17, 2009

Letters to the Portland Editor: March 13, 2009

We are two Maine natives, who attended the True/False Film Festival in Missouri, couldn't agree more with Christopher Gray's account of the festival and the festival experience.
Report on True/False Film Fest was so true

The sad ghost of postmodernism

It sticks around, but doesn't always work.

By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 26, 2009

Easy on the eyes

"The Funnies" at Whitney Art Works is a sprawling show of upwards of 150 pieces by 25 artists, all of whom have been brought together by local artist — Jeff Badger.
At Whitney Art Works, "The Funnies" directly engage viewers with 150 pieces by 25 artists.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 25, 2009

Groups + solos

First on the list of this year's points of interest is the anticipated Portland Museum of Art Biennial, which opens in early April.
Looking forward to 2009
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 31, 2008
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Family affair

“New Work,” a collaboration at Whitney Art Works between mother Judith Allen and daughter Eirene Efstathiou, is a joy to unpack.
Judith Allen and Eirene Efstathiou at Portland's Whitney Art Works
By IAN PAIGE  |  March 15, 2006