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Plotting experience

Kendra Ferguson and Noa Warren at June Fitzpatrick
Kendra Ferguson and Noa Warren are deftly paired at June Fitzpatrick’s Congress Street gallery this month, as an established and emerging artist each compulsive explore the subjective and human potential of minimalism.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  October 14, 2009


People, unhid

A Robert Solotaire retrospective at Gleason
The late Bob Solotaire collected views the same way he collected friends, and he had a great many of both.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 07, 2009

A mill grows in Biddeford

Six artists wax hyper-real at the North Dam Mill
'We're responding every step of the way to our environment. And to each other.'
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 30, 2009


Deep layers

Mark Wethli's latest work is some of his best
Throughout his long career Mark Wethli's work has been studied, careful, and formally rigorous.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 23, 2009


Retro for fall

Major artists of Maine's past go on display
Leaves are turning, roads aren't crowded; it's time to look ahead for interest in the fall art season.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 16, 2009


Growth + maturity

Portland's art scene has changed quite a lot
The Phoenix 's first 10 years in Portland roughly bracket the period during which I stopped writing about art.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 16, 2009


Topographic musings

MECA's second Alumni Biennial
"Aggregate" is Maine College of Art's second themed Alumni Biennial at the Institute of Contemporary Art, showing work chosen by a jury from among recent work by BFA and MFA graduates. While the artists represent a range of mediums, graduating class ('97 to '08), and experience, the integrity of the selected works is consistently impressive.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 09, 2009


Revisionist whims

Karen Lewis purges her obsession at the CMCA in Rockport
The story of Johann Christian Woyzeck goes like this: A German man born into poverty in the late 18th century tries his hand in several professions. Handicapped by a schizophrenia unrecognized by most at the time, he eventually becomes a soldier.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 02, 2009

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Idealist views

Three shows at the PMA explore truth
The path through my various responsibilities has led me to the Portland Museum several times in recent weeks, and along most of the floors. While passing through the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibit of photography I was struck by thoughts about templates created by dominant illusions, and how a consistent sense of an ideal world flowed through Cameron's work.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 26, 2009

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Building up

Inspired modernists Cutler and Thon
In the current show at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at the Maine College of Art in Portland, we see two generations of 20th-century modernist painting.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 19, 2009

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Found, and created

Rebecca FitzPatrick and Owen F. Smith illustrate the present
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 identify with a post- or anti-war movement of the previous century.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  August 12, 2009

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Growing Maine art

PMA exhibit examines the influence of colonies
Long ago an art critic of my acquaintance remarked that New York was a border town to Europe, and until fairly recently that was true. Artistic ideas would be born in Europe, often France, and migrate slowly across the Atlantic and take root.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 05, 2009

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Everybody poops

Greta Bank talks priorities and realities
Recently selected as one of 17 regional artists to exhibit at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park's Biennial in January 2010 (alongside fellow Mainer Randy Regier), and awarded a grant from the Maine Arts Commission in support of her interactive sculpture "The Cashmere Iron Maiden," Greta Bank is struggling to find studio time on top of being a mother of two.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 29, 2009


Good vibrations

Kate Beck's abstract minimal drawings and paintings hum
As Rothko's color fields can absorb a viewer, and Lewitt's painstaking wall drawings entangle, Kate Beck's experiments with the emotional and abstract potential of line demand a certain amount of submission.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 22, 2009

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Lesson from a master

Legendary Met director will take your questions
Philippe de Montebello retired at the end of last year from his position as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York after 31 years. During his tenure, the museum nearly doubled in size to two million square feet and increased its collections by some 80,000 pieces.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  July 15, 2009

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Under scrutiny

MECA visiting faculty at the ICA
Portland summers can be a time of scarcity for art lovers seeking conceptually challenging artwork, or a selective sampling of widely exhibiting international artists. Cue the annual visiting-faculty lecture series and accompanying exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 01, 2009

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Your own personal Darwin

Dorothy and Elliott Schwartz meditate on the man behind the theory
Dorothy and Elliott Schwartz meditate on the man behind the theory
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 24, 2009

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Weight + measure

Aaron Stephan's sculpture takes center stage
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" is taller) it creates a center of gravity around itself.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 17, 2009

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Summer people

Artists have long visited Maine, too
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, often to artists' colonies.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 10, 2009


States of the art

New England museums worth traveling for
In New England, where you can't swing a sack of cranberries without hitting a venerable cultural institution, anyone with access to a car (or even a subway pass) can scope out these topnotch art museums.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 09, 2009
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