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

This month is Victember! Victor Maldonado's Liberation Stories at Froelick Gallery is one of the strongest painting shows Ive ever seen in Portland, which is inter

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Weve got a huge amount of stuff coming for you including reviews and Portlandageddon. But first lets look at some news:

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Even though every day in Portland is Halloween, October has some of the best shows of the year... because the bar has already been raised. Here are some short reviews I suggest you check out (yes the big essay is coming soon):

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photo: Joseph Gallivan The Portland art scene is due for a thorough physical and

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photo: Joseph Gallivan The Portland art scene is due for a thorough physical and

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I've been traveling for nearly a month but some big things are afoot. Time to catch up. The biggest story in Portland right now is the proposed merger of PNCA and OCAC,

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CNN is reporting that Paul Allen has died at age 65 and implies he was fighting cancer aggressively. For me he

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Midwest Surprising Art

Midwesterners are pragmatic folk and I grew up there. In the Midwest if there is a need for something one can go ahead and judge but you are also expected to go out and fix it if possible. That sort of what I call "initiative pragmatism" leads to a lot less armchair complaining and posturing. Also, though I visit ther

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Haunted October Picks

October is usually one of the premier months to see art in Portland's art scene, partly because every day in Portland is Halloween... so the bar for standing out is already pretty high. Here are my picks:

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It isnt so much the end of September but the beginning of Fall, that said there are some serious things afoot: Back in July PORT was the first to uncover the important involvement of Oregon's Attorney General in the transfer

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September review cluster

Some complain about the state of "New Portland" but the actual art being produced in the city right now is especially strong. In fact, the current lineup of exhibitions is remarkably sharp and is perhaps being catalyzed the greater pressures of the moment? Certainly artists in Portland have a lot to discuss. As I have trav

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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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