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Superficial surrealism

Bowdoin exhibit lacks context
For this show, the Museum’s already impressive holdings of surrealist and modernist photography are augmented by loans from galleries and major institutions.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  April 09, 2014

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Photography in many guises

Bryan Graf's protean vision
Bryan Graf's protean vision
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  March 14, 2014

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Piecing together meaning

At Bates, collage remains relevant
That collage can involve a lot more than bits of paper and glue is currently demonstrated at the Bates College Museum of Art.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  February 12, 2014

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Back to basics

Looking beyond landscapes at bowdoin
A smart show at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art reminds us that nature is more than green stuff.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  January 16, 2014

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Other cultures and times

For Alice Spencer and Heather Perry, inspiration comes from other art.
Aucocisco Galleries’ current show touches on highly problematic issues like aesthetic colonialism, unqualified homage, and cynical appropriation with Alice Spencer referencing ethnic textiles and Heather Perry Victorian mourning jewelry.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  December 12, 2013

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Viewing MECA’s faculty show

 Viewing MECA’s faculty show
ICA’s cavernous galleries are now dotted with pieces by current faculty members Sascha Braunig (painting), Samantha Haedrich (graphic design), Hilary Irons (foundation), and Peter Simensky (MFA), which, thanks to their strength, not their scale, can hold their own in the ample space around them.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  November 20, 2013



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Morris David Dorenfeld’s woven geometries

 From serene to boisterous
Icon Contemporary Art in Brunswick shows 15 of Dorenfeld’s tapestries illustrating this range from incremental repetition to all-encompassing composition, from eye-pleasing color harmonies to high-key contrasts, from serenity to vivacity.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  October 24, 2013

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A curator eyes the Portland museum of art’s new biennial approach

 Piecing and translating
What this Biennial has lost in liveliness and surprise, it has gained in depth.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  October 11, 2013

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Ahmed Alsoudani’s reckoning

 War, life, and art
The Portland Museum of Art now showcases one of the newest stars of the international art world, Ahmed Alsoudani.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  September 19, 2013

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Four decades of photographs by Olive Pierce

 An empathic look at children
Portland’s newest gallery is probably PhoPa, a collaboration between the Maine Media Workshops and College, curator Bruce Brown, and photographer Jon Edwards.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  August 30, 2013

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Paintings of dreamy and sublime awkwardness

 More Bradford, Please
With only eight paintings, “Katherine Bradford: August” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art leaves us wanting more.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  August 05, 2013



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A strong, solid finish to Maine Women Pioneers III

Women lead at UNE
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 viewer's experience.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  July 10, 2013

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Sophia Narrett’s update on the Romantics

Dreams in paint and thread
Sophia Narrett has created "embroidered paintings" since 2011.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  May 30, 2013

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Andy Verzosa’s re-thinking at Aucocisco

Changing parameters
Owner and director Andres Verzosa is showing 13 three-day two-person shows this season. Verzosa is perfectly aware of the disappearance of hierarchy and authority that I would maintain is not only taking place in the art world, but has already happened in art criticism and publishing.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  May 09, 2013

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Small scale yields big impact

Little drawings deliver deeper truths
Medieval towns, towers and turrets, flocks of birds, and blazing fires could easily be the subjects of fairytales or kitsch. Not so in the hands of Dozier Bell, who has plunged deeply into her imagination and masterfully realized what she found there in visual terms.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  April 18, 2013

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Small scale, big impact

Little drawings deliver deeper truths
Medieval towns, towers and turrets, flocks of birds, and blazing fires could easily be the subjects of fairytales or kitsch. Not so in the hands of Dozier Bell.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  April 10, 2013



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Exploring new and old landscapes

Having it all
The nature-inspired work of Lydia Badger, Hilary Irons, and Erik Weisenburger, on display at Rose Contemporary under the name "The New Landscape," is undoubtedly new — powerfully conceived, refreshingly innovative, and scrupulously executed — but the three are also happy to be part of a long tradition.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  March 13, 2013

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Natasha Mayers’s wide-ranging vision

Postcards from the conscience
For outspoken artist and activist Natasha Mayers, art, politics, and life are seamlessly interconnected for mutual benefit.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  February 13, 2013

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Cynthia Davis uses space, line, and the color of cartography

Mapping a trajectory
Geographical maps describe space — its qualities, boundaries, hierarchies, ownership, and ways of traversing it.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  January 16, 2013

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Recalling the year’s most notable shows

In the rearview mirror
Looking back over this year's art exhibitions, some of the most exciting shows could be discovered at uncommon venues.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  December 19, 2012
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