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Daily Art Moment: David Park

While he was a young artist, David Park experimented with the predominant style of the day: abstract expressionism. However, he made a decisive turn toward representation and broke away from the fashion of the 1950s American art world. Park favored painting the figure either alone or in groups, using thick layers of paint and blocks…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Renée Sintenis

Happy New Year! Artists have long marked the occasion by sending original prints to their friends and family. In this example by German sculptor and printmaker Renée Sintenis (1888–1965), the pup looks exhausted by the festivities. The artist took advantage of drypoint’s ability to create a raised ragged edge to capture ink (known as the…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: William H. Walker

Curiously, this photograph is one of only two in the Museum’s permanent collection that includes “New Year” in its title. Made by Portland-based photographer Will Walker, it depicts people selling and purchasing copies of the New Year’s Day 1918 edition of The Oregonian. Thanks to @multnomahcountylibrary and its online research resources, I looked through the…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Maurice Denis

As many of us gather this weekend with our households, extended family and friends, or even just our furry companions, we will center time together, and may even take a moment to sing, play games, watch a movie, or go for a walk. This piece by Maurice Denis, featured in the current exhibition, Private Lives,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi’s polished bronze A Muse is one of the anchors of the Museum’s collection of European modern art. The sculpture is a refined distillation of a woman’s facial features. A muse is a person, or a personified force, that inspires artistic creation. Brancusi depicted this subject several times, making versions in marble, plaster, and…  Read more

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2021’s Top 5 Episodes of Art Unbound

Art Unbound has been the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center’s official podcast since March 2019. Originally launched as The Portland Art Museum Podcast, Art Unbound not only celebrates creative community members of Portland and its surrounding areas, but also those from around the world. 2021 has been a huge year for the podcast,…  Read more

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Year End Picks for What to Watch (and listen) To

By Amy Dotson, Northwest Film Center Director and PAM Curator, Film and New Media Out of the 12,000 films released in 2021, plus countless other cinematic works somewhat awkwardly pigeon-holed as “limited series,” “shows,” “anthology,” “premium content,” “same-day premieres,” “podcast” or “immersive storytelling,” these were not the “best” (because right now, who wants to rank…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Adolf Dehn

Are you ready for the holidays? In this lithograph, American artist Adolf Dehn (1895–1968) offers us a view of Christmas Eve in 1931. There are only a few small presents beneath the tree–perhaps a reference to the Great Depression that was seizing the country–but the little fir is covered with lights and ornaments. Two busy…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Anne Truitt

As we officially welcome winter with the solstice this week, we invite you to spend some time with Bonne by Anne Truitt. This sculpture carries the energy and colors of this season—the smooth blue of an ice-covered pond, the deep blues of a winter storm, the white blanket of freshly fallen snow. We encourage you…  Read more

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A Wonderful Gift from a Wonderful Team

This week was very special at our Museum. Not only did we celebrate the institution’s 129th anniversary, but today I was surprised by a wonderful gift from members of our facilities team—individuals who have gone above and beyond in securing, maintaining, and ultimately rescuing our Museum from the multiple crises we have faced over the…  Read more