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

"Speak, Thou Vast and Venerable Head" (video animation still) Julia Oldham, 2016 The Fifth Wheel is a multimedia exploration of the arg

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James Archer The Archer gallery is celebrating its namesake James Archer on the occassion of his donating 129 artworks to the college. 40 of the artworks are on display at the gallery and you can read a

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MoCC Exhibition view: Laurie Herrick Weaving, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2011) Photo Jeff Jahn Yesterday PNCA announced that it will s

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February has always been a good month for art exhibitions in the Portland art scene and everyone seems ready to get out and meet each other once again. Here are my picks: The Histology of the Diffe

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Hans Ulrich Obrist on the future of Contemporary Art. One of the things that distinguishes him from most big name curators is the way he readily admits their cultural cache supersedes that of cur

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Littman Gallery (

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Rafael Villares Portland has had its typical sleepy January start but Intersecciones: Havana/Portland at Lewis and Clark College's excellent Hoffman gallery looks l

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2015 was a year when a lot of what we love about Portland was put under pressure by the years of success in tourism and certain types of job creation. Though we hate the word "creative

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Centennial Mills (before partial demolition) The remaining Centennial M

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David Bowie died just over a week ago and frankly I waspretty busted up about it. From 1999-2003 I wrote for Modern Painters magazine, during the London era when he sat on its advisory board... I know a lot of people who actually knew the man and it is pretty plain that most people know the art more than the person. He was

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"Hero" (2015), Marc Matchak It was sad when HQ Objective left their Oak St. space in 2015 but they are back... on East Burnside now with Fortune Gallery and Press. Their latest exhibition, Folded Object Ins

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There are two especially interesting exhibitions opening this week: Guestwork Sometimes the strongest art makes us question what we want and require and the parsing of those two becomes a kind

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2016 still isn't extremely active with no major statement solo show in the elite venues. To be fair only Portland's elite artists ever do a big January show... remember this statement maker anyone? Still, things are waking up and

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Like many January First Thursdays this one isn't firing on all cylinders with holdovers and some galleries opening a week or more later. Still, after the ice storm in Portland earlier this week many will want to get out and there are some good things to see (I'll publish the extensive rumination on 2015's Portland art scen

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The Tacoma Art Museum is rebranding its Northwest Biennial as Northwest Now and like previous iterations it has a theme. This one, "seeks to illuminate how Northwest artists are actively responding to forces shaping our regiona

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Cynthia Lahti, Frau (2012) photo Jeff Jahn Congratulations to

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Art criticism is becoming rarer and rarer because most outlets dont take the time to develop space and expectations for strong critical voices. PORT turns 10 June 1 and we have always taken the long view as well as the immediate taking both with a grain of salt. What little visual arts writing there is tends to be aimed a

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This February two solo shows in Portland seem to capture the current zeitgeist of the city and beyond. The micro survey of folk art icon Howard Finster, Space Is My Future at the Portland Museum of Modern Art and

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David Salle discusses the much disliked The Forever Now at MoMA. He is right that forever and now are two terrible words in show titles but I still feel that much of the ire stems from the use of "Atemporal". Look, pai

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Marie Watt is juror for the 2015 Artworks NW, deadline 3/6/15 I'm not wild about the entry fee (neither is Watt)... to me it is better t

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Vicky Lynn Wilson at CCC Vicky Lynn Wilson is one of those artists we here at PORT track. Partially, it is because she always puts such exhaustive effort into her exhibitions. Her previous

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Christopher Knight on low tech frottage art at the Hammer. Lucy Li

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Area view Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art's inaugural show (photo Jeff Jahn) We

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Artcritical does an critic's roundtable on the much maligned The Forever Now painting exhibition at MoMA. Generally I think it is the lack of these sorts of polymorphous discussions amongst critics that has been kee

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Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 opens today at the Portland Art Museum. I can't tell you how many times longtime P

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Portland Building (photo Jeff Jahn) The Oregonian is

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The big art news to start off the week is the attribution of two bronzes to Michelangelo. It's a good old fashioned art historical detective story of works that have been hidden in plain sight. The

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Subtitles by Victoria Haven at PDX Contemporary (photos Jeff Jahn) Everyone, left to his own devices, forms an idea about what goes on in language which is very far from

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To keep it brief, former Soho gallerist Jeffrey Thomas returns to the art business with a new gallery model in the form of Jeffrey

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