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Frida and Diego Are Here: The Life and Work of IDEAL PDX Mural Artists

Although the exhibition, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism highlights a specific moment in history, many of the artists working in partnership with this show offer dynamic reflections on the current presence of Mexican Modernism’s legacy, resisting static and linear interpretations. IDEAL PDX, a collaborative group of Latino artists established in 2010, is in partnership…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Shao Yuting

The city of Yixing in China’s Yangtze River Delta is known for its rich clay deposits and millenia-old tradition of hand-made pottery. This small teapot carries so much intricate design and detail, from the inscriptions on one side to the landscape depicted on the other to the hexagonal shape and x-shaped spout—there is so much…  Read more

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In Memoriam: Lee Kelly (American, 1932–2022)

On Monday, artist Lee Kelly passed away at age 89. An artist who helped define Northwest sculpture through his monumental public works, his COR-TEN and hand-polished steel sculptures are focal points in gathering spaces across Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Vancouver, Eugene, and as far as Houston. Kelly’s influences were as varied as sculptors Frederic Littman,…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Robert Goodnough, Grey Development, 1969

Robert Goodnough was an American abstract expressionist painter and part of the New York School of artists in the 1950s and ‘60s. “Goodnough’s gatherings of floating, overlapping planes fluctuate between suggestive figuration and abstraction, between tight-knit clusters of crisp, geometric shapes and loose accumulations of gestural swipes,” wrote former curator, Bruce Guenther, in the catalogue…  Read more

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Collective Process: The Artists Behind the Metamorphosis Mural

“The focus on the collective within art and art-making has shaped and inspired the community partnership work for this exhibition.” Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection is an exhibition rich with layers of communal and artistic camaraderie that helped build the vision for the formation of post…  Read more