Nothing against the NCECA conference (I've collected ceramics myself since college) but like many arts people I crave variety. That said I am looking for a new coffee mug, which shouldn't be impossible in Mudtopia Portland. Take all that into account and here are my weekend picks:
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Disjecta (behind Bunyan) reboots The interesting news in Portland today is that
No, we don't need celebs to give context to art coverage. It seems harmless but considering the sensational nature of most every other art damage event story it just seems supercilious. Yes thi
It is a strange fact but Wikipedia editors tend to be men and the site tends to under represent women. For example, it is
The Torpedo Factory Art Center has an interesting call for digital and internet based art in their Target Gallery for an exhibition called Glitch. There is a cost of $35 but unlike most of these sorts it seems pro
Sorry, I've been under the weather with the virus that has been going around Portland and plan to get out to the galleries asasp. Till then here are some links to get March kicked off. Here's an interesting
The Director of the Metropolitan Museum, Thomas Campbell, has resigned. Partly this is interesting because the Met has been slowly losing its "expertise quotient" on the curatorial front and the fact that most
2016 was a difficult year institutionally for the Portland art scene but it seems like a new guard is rising... one which acknowledges the importance of new media as craft oriented and worthy of r
Altcade is doing great things and tonight you can play more than 20 unconventional video games created by artists and game designers at Open Signal (formerly Portland Community Media... they will have their reop
Peter Plagens on Raymond Pettibon is a must read. Pettibon the godfather of contemporary art punk drawing and I fondly remember his band playing an opening at Gallery 500 downtown b
A mini survey of Mary Henry's abstract greatness at the Archer GalleryI'd argue it was the best show of 2016 and today is your last to see it, with Henry "Practice" makes perfect. Mary Hen
We live in far too interesting of times and artists act somewhat like canaries in the coal mine for the rest of civilization. Often existing right on the brink, they find the tensions of the age and the unsettling of the ways our daily routines become furrowed into ruts. They also uncover new paths and understandings thr
Artnet explores the issues 7 artists face with the new travel ban.
Apologies for being quiet, it is because I've been traveling and preparing a major piece, which should be out shortly. That said February is typically a good month for art shows and this one keeps up the tradition so brave the cold.
Old fashioned dead tree media art coverage worth reading: Oregoniian, NYT's, a Judd telegraph, GQ? really? It has been a very long time since the Oregonian has done something worth reading, but their piece
Mother with Julia Oldham and Roxanne Jackson What could be better the day after the Women's March on Washington DC (and round the country) than a sh
Well, the more you know about Disjecta and its founder (two different things btw) the less surprised one is that things had to go this way. Long ago PORT published this article... in many ways its founder never changed
It is a new year and that means new artist opportunities... besides with Portland's current 13.5 inches of snow you gotta be getting a bit fidgity in the cabin. Start your planning, here are some good opportunities. The annual
Jerry Saltz discusses what the Art World needs to do in 2017. Right now art has become a bit too pleased with itself and isnt challenging itself or its audiences enough. As Robert Hughes once wrote art had become t
January is always an odd month in the Portland art scene, usually just a lot of group shows and holdovers with one or two big exhibitions by top shelf local artists that everyone follows very closely. Well we have the group shows and holdovers. Here are my picks:
Alanna Risse Overall, Portland's best cultural cards are generally not its major institutions but rather its alternative spaces and artist enclaves... the very things that are threatened by rapid
As a year end exercise let's look at PORT's most read posts of 2016. It says a lot about Portland and the international audience that PORT reaches. [About PORT] Recently I was reminded that PORT needs to remind people how and why we do what we do because PORT is innovative (forgive us if Ive repea
It is mid December, which means the typical year end lists are making their rounds (Ill do a list of our most viewed posts soon and then a more substantial post as a look back later). Christopher Knight's pi
Blake Byrne is one of the greatest art collectors in the the country but its his approach and wonderful attitude towards collecting that makes his Open This End exhibition at Lewis and Clark College so invigorating. Speaking with him I got a s
Grace Kook-Anderson The Portland Art Museum has announced that Grace Kook-Anderson will be the n
Just received word that the University of Oregon plans to close its wonderful White Box exhibition space in Portland after this school year. Curator Cris Moss will carry out programming through June 2017. Another institutional change is that the John Yeon Center will be directed by core faculty members and not Randy Gragg
Cauleen Smith at PNCA's 511 gallery Recently the list of Whitney Biennial artists came out and Cauleen Smith, whose show Asterisms..
It is time for Portlander's to envy The Couv as the Archer gallery kills it with two great programmatic choices. A mini survey of Mary Henry's abstract greatness at the Archer Gallery
Well, the feasting holiday is over, leading to the post holiday/family need to exit the house and exercise the mind's eye and take in new contexts. Art can be great for this and here are my picks for some great shows to feed/sustain the mind.
Well there has been a political shift, it is not a slight one and this will affect art. PORT was one of the first to write about post election art. A week later there are now some more voices discussing what this might mean: