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Monet, "Waterlilies" - Courtest of Portland Art Museum

Five Monets in Portland

Now on display at the Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon) through August 5, 2012 are five works by Monet. The Museum has supplemented two of Monet’s paintings from its permanent collection, Waterlilies and River at Lavacourt, with three works from a private collection to stage this special showing entitled “Five Monets / 100 Days.”

The five paintings cover a 25-year period of Monet’s career and show his development as an artist …more…

Aaron Hockley 2011

Portland Photo Month

April is Portland Photo Month, an event which is not a product of any one organization, but rather a collaboration of art galleries, nonprofits and individual artists. Portland, Oregon is a city of artists and art enthusiasts and accordingly is home to a multitude of artists who express themselves through the medium of photography.

Numerous Portland art galleries specialize in photography. Among these are Black Box Gallery, Blue Sky Gallery, Camerawork …more…

Pam Mummy_Words_courtesy of Port of Portland

In Our Element

Passengers traveling through Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon this summer should allow extra time to enjoy the series of rotating art exhibits that grace its concourses. From April 1 through October 15, 2012, PDX is featuring an exhibit entitled “In Our Element.”

The display includes sculpture by eight Pacific Northwest artists—most are from Portland—that represent the elements of fire, water, earth, metal and wood. The contributing artists are: Richard Cawley, …more…

Image from the Denver Art Museum

Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective Opens in Denver

Image from the Denver Art Museum

Fashion fans are in for a treat: the Denver Art Museum has just opened its Yves Saint Laurent retrospective, which will be on display until July 8, 2012. Denver is the only US stop for this international tour, so hardcore American fans of the designer might have to schedule their summer vacation accordingly this year.

The retrospective follows Saint Laurent’s career for over 4 decades, …more…

Susie J. Lee. "Still Lives: Exposure," 2010. HD video portrait in framed, matted LED monitor. Courtesy of the artist and Lawrimore Project. Photo: Ryan K. Adams.

Susie J. Lee: A New Media Sensualist Reaches Out

Walk through new media artist Susie J. Lee’s Rain Shower (2007) at the Frye Art Museum, and you become a part of the piece.

As you cross the dark, seemingly empty gallery, patterns of light fall on you, and you are bathed in a subtle, sensual barrage of sound and soft color. Sometimes you hear whispers, sometimes singing, and at other times booming and crackling, overlaid with slow, tinkling piano music. ...more...

Beauty is Embarrassin'!  by Wayne White

Domy Books presents Beauty Is Embarrassing, The Art of Wayne White

For Wayne White, Pee-wee’s Playhouse was just the beginning.  As a designer and the voice of several characters on the show, White became practiced at the art the of the anthropomorphic and slightly subversive.  If you are of a certain age, you probably recall the slightly surreal slant of this Saturday morning classic that became a cult hit.  Two decades later, White is still creating vibrant and compelling works, albeit aimed at a slightly more mature audience. ...more...

Mark Rothko, Entrance to Subway, 1938, oil on canvas, Copyright © 1998, Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko

The Life and Work of Mark Rothko

For a limited time, Portlanders have the opportunity to not only view a retrospective of work by Mark Rothko (1903-1970) at the Portland Art Museum, but also to see a theatrical presentation at Portland Center Stage that allows a glimpse into his life.

Considered to be one of the foremost American painters of the 20th Century, Rothko spent his early years in Portland, Oregon. Immigrating from Russia in 1913 at the …more…

Axle Contemporary

Axle Contemporary (Santa Fe Gallery on Wheels)

Axle is what happens when you remix the art gallery concept and create an experience that is approachable to the masses.  Instead of ice cream treats and crazy melodies being streamed from a scratchy blow horn, you get a mobile exhibition space filled with contemporary art, rolling through the streets of Santa Fe.  The accessibility of art (it comes to you) without the artsy fartsy attitude (often times exhibits can be …more…

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Moments in Time: the Landscape and Wildlife Photography of Gero Verheyen

(Credit: Nfutvol of Wikimedia Commons)

Gero Verheyen’s travel and nature photographs are on display at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in downtown Baltimore.  The exhibit is on display in both the Fine Arts Reading Room and the Maryland Reading Room. Both black and white and color photographs are included. Moments in Time: the Landscape and Wildlife Photography of Gero Verheyen will be at the Central branch of the Enoch Pratt …more…

Daniel Luna at work, image from the Denver Post

Daniel Luna at Museo De Las Americas

The prolific Dan Luna, a local Denver artist, is the feature of a retrospective exhibit now showing at the Museo De Las Americas in the Santa Fe Arts district. Despite being burdened with a rare eye disease, this talented artist has managed to become a Denver fixture, known for his colorful, often humorous, paintings. His art adorns many local restaurants and coffee shops in the city, and hundreds of people’s personal collections. ...more...

Diane Lewis "Party's Over" courtesy of the Attic Gallery

Still Life Is Alive And Well

The genre of still life painting is alive and well in Portland, Oregon and will be showcased at the Attic Gallery at their upcoming First Thursday opening on March 1, 2012.  Works by Bill Baily, Diane Lewis and Gail Larson Joseph, three of the artists represented by the Gallery, will be presented.

A “Still Life” is a style of painting depicting an artful arrangement of inanimate objects. Popular subjects include flowers, …more…

Claire Taylor, But It Was So Delicious Wasn’t It Though,, French-knot embroidery on crushed aluminum can, 5.5 x 1 x 5.5 inches

Gallery 110’s 2012 Juried Exhibition, Feb. 2-25

The First Thursday Art Walk in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood is a popular Seattle institution. The first Thursday of every month, museums and galleries downtown keep their doors open late, admission fees are waived and studios welcome throngs of art enthusiasts. It’s a popular time for shows to open, and last Thursday was no different. ...more...


The Art of Self Tracking: An Artist Talk with Laurie Frick

“I’m convinced the way we unconsciously slice our time reflects the underlying structure of our mind,” Frick says in a statement. “I began self-tracking as a way to measure and then reverse engineer the unique pattern of ourselves. I believe there is something comforting and compelling about human metrics and realized I was not alone. Many, many people measure something about themselves every day.” ...more...

Hearts-and-Love-collage_Penny Michelle Taylor

First, Last or All

Many cities set aside one day a month where art galleries are either open late or have a special event to encourage the public to come see their shows. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Portland, Oregon’s First Thursday, by now a venerable institution in Downtown and the Northwest Portland Pearl District.

When condominiums replaced dilapidated warehouse and industrial buildings in Northwest Portland, many artists and galleries were priced out …more…

Diana Al-Hadid, Gradiva’s Fourth Wall, 2011, polymer gypsum, wood, fiberglass, paint

The Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas Celebrates the New Year with an Open Invitation to the Public

Diana Al-Hadid, Gradiva’s Fourth Wall, 2011, polymer gypsum, wood, fiberglass, paint

On Friday, January 27th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, The University of Texas at Austin’s Visual Arts Center cordially invites the public to a free, spectacular reception honoring the first four exhibitions of the 2012 season. There will be plenty of refreshments, enticing art, and knowledgeable art folk there with which to mingle.

The first artist to be featured in the …more…

Isaac Layman. Untitled, 2011. Photographic construction, ink-jet on paper. 95" X 59".

An Interview with Isaac Layman: A Seattle Artist Finding Paradise in His Own Home

Isaac Layman. Untitled, 2011. Photographic construction, ink-jet on paper. 95" X 59".

Isaac Layman has taken the art world by storm with his evocative, large-scale photographic constructions, which transform the banal into the hyper-realistic, haunting and enigmatic. Drinking glasses, used tissues, heating vents: Any object in Layman’s Seattle home can become the object of an intense visual meditation, captured over and over from subtly different angles by the artist’s high-resolution, …more…

Costume and the Cinema

The Durham Museum Presents “Cut!”

Omaha’s Durham Museum does a great job of offering a wide range of temporary exhibits, and through April 29th you won’t want to miss Cut! Costume and the Cinema. This exhibit features costumes from movies -or “cinematic couture” if you prefer to make everything sound even more sophisticated- from a variety of films that were all period pieces.

If you don’t consider movie costumes to be a form of art, you …more…

The Walters Art Gallery

Walters to display large gift of Russian enamels

Baltimoreans will soon have a chance to view enameled Russian silver that dates from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. Art collector Jean Montgomery Riddell bequeathed over 250 pieces to the Walters Art Museum. This generous gift came to the museum after she died last year at age 100. ...more...

Ross Palmer Beecher, Hershey's Chocolate Quilt (1986), stitched tin with wire, bike tire tubing, auto tail-lights. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Five Hot Seattle Art Shows to Catch This Year End

Time is running out for 2011, as it is for a number of top-notch Seattle-area exhibitions. If you’re yearning for a little culture fix to fill your holiday leisure hours, here are five shows to catch in the next few weeks: ...more...

Photo courtesy of the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Through the Looking Glass

Once again the Portland Art Museum (PAM) in Oregon has delved into its permanent collection to mount an exhibition. This time, the Museum is mining its photographic print archive of approximately 5,000 images produced throughout the 19th and 20th century. The exhibit, titled “Through the Looking Glass: Photography’s Use of Windows, Doorways, and Mirrors,” runs through the end of February 2012 and includes over sixty photographs in which these objects play a dominant role. ...more...

_POP5693 Chuck Jones Resized

Beep! Beep!

Nearly everyone living in the United States during the last fifty years has seen this artist’s work, or at least is familiar with it. That is quite an audience; however, not many people could tell you the artist’s name.

An exhibit spanning the life’s work of animator Chuck Jones, who was born in Spokane, Washington, is now on display at Portland International Airport (PDX) through March 2012. Those of us who …more…

Portland Art Museum; Utagawa Toyohiro, Parlor Puppets: Act VI of The Treasury of Loyal Retainers, c. 1803, The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

The Artist’s Touch, The Craftsman’s Hand

Drawing from its extensive permanent collection of over 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints, the Portland Art Museum (PAM) has carefully selected about 250 of the most unique and historically significant items for a special exhibition, The Artist’s Touch, The Craftsman’s Hand: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints from the Portland Art Museum.

The permanent collection began in 1932 with a donation by Mary Andrews Ladd of over 750 traditional woodblock prints. Over the …more…