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PORT is an online visual arts publication dedicated to critical discussion as lensed through Portland, Oregon.

The latest show at Grapefruits Post Analog featuring the work of Paloma Kop and Sara Goodman. Grapefruits is a space specializing in non digital programming so I've been looking forward to this as a si

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I've seen so many shows and there are some great reviews and a pretty massive article on the way but to tide you over here's what is new: Jeffrey Deitch returns to LA...

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People often ask me, is there anything new going on in the Portland art scene. Answer, a resounding yes and though the world really doesnt need another art fair the Utopian Visions

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I've been looking at so many shows and writing so much (+other things behind the scenes)that I havent had time to do many posts. Till then here are some links: The Tate is outsourcing its biographies to Wikipedia

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Unlike most art scenes Portland's Summers tend to bring extra activity. To that a bunch of new shows have arrived and a few worthy ones are entering their last days. Catch these shows and of course that Ann Hamilton is still up, I f

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Here is a fascinating look at the history of deaccessioning in Museums. It wasn't always a negative thing but today it always seems to be some money grab letting the 1% pilfer the public good for profit. The

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Wendy Given, Nighthawk True, I find a simple restatement of stereotypes like; trees, rain, and more trees to be a Northwest narrative that doesn't really require another show but a better way

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I am polishing off a pretty massive article but until then here are some good reads: A

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Grace Kook-Anderson Normally the skies of the Northwest shower us with constant rain but lately it has been stinging wildfire smoke. True the air is better today but perhaps your lungs ar

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I like the adventure and mental challenge that looking around an interesting art city like Portland can provide. There really is no substitute for experience. Ann

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This just in, Portland's Mayor Wheeler has reassigned the Arts and Culture Liaison to Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. Frankly, City Comissioner Nick Fish ha

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Jenny Holzer at PNCA Jenny Holzer's work couldnt be more releant at this moment in history so her Use What is Dominant in a Culture to Change it Quickly exhibition at PNCA's 511 gallery is especi

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Is it the End of July or the end of civilization? Just kidding but I have to ask it: Klaus Biesenbach will be the new Director of MoCA. Well he does like celebrities, which is something you need to em

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Borderland at Bluesky It is one of the best shows Portland has seen all year and today is your last day to see it at Bluesky Gallery. Alia Ali's Borderland exhibition doesnt sit nea

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David Pagel on Mary Heilmann. I saw the 2007 show at OCMA... what I like about her is the brazenly formal means to an ultimately informal end. Also, there are still tons of female artists who are far m

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Patricia Reser Arts Center at night (art gallery is at the far right and main lobby at left) Yesterday the Beaverton Arts Foundatio

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OCAC student using the Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting and Photography Building's custom locker/counter top built-ins (Photo Jeff Jahn) The Art Gym has announced that it is moving to the

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Portland has seen a lot of excellent private art openings and events this weekend but here is an artist organized event we can point you to. Organized by Christopher Russell and Bobbi Woo

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Picasso, The Death of Casagemas (1901) Paintings about death are tricky things. The artist has no free pass, no solid information to go on. Loss is not unique t

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It is summer time, the time that stronger artists are working and all the wannabes screw off. Here are a few things you might consider applying for: It is time again to apply for the annual Betty Bowen awards. What I like about it is it

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Summer Show Strut

Many art cities check out during the summer but Portland's summer weather is great and San Francisco and NYC residents vacation here in droves. The net result is summertime is a strong time for shows. Sure there are the ubiquitous summer group shows but these solo efforts are incredibly strong and relevant. Here are my

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We have been hard at work on reviews over here at PORT... till then: The brilliance of Ocasio-Cortez's design for her campaign.

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North Coast Seed Building The North Coast Seed Building is one of Portland's great artist work spaces (many have disappeared or have been threatened). Today it hosts its a

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Tablet has a very interesting article on cultural appropriation that everyone in creative fields can take something from. At a certain point culture cannot be a proprietary exercise... do I find the PSU Vikings mas

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As PORT readers already know Indivisible is one of the most interesting alternative spaces in Portland a

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It is with a heavy heart to report that Portland has lost one of its finest citizen's, Carol Yarrow. A prodigious and talented photographer who focused on the humanity of her subjects, she will

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Shocking news today that Marylhurst University's board h

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The new chief curator for The Henry Gallery is Shamim M. Momin of LAND and before that co curator of the 2004 and 2008 Whitney Biennials. A great hire since the Henry hasnt been the same since the El

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The weather is finally fantastic and there are a lot of thesis shows from new grads. Here are some adventures to have: Every year my favorite thesis show seems to be the OCAC BFA offering.

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DACA Lounge: A Dream Sanctuary at Archer Gallery (photos Jeff Jahn) Immigration policies for the United States of America have always been an impromptu patchwork

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