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Daily Art Moment: Marie Watt

In her practice, Marie Watt maintains these inquiries that guide her work: “There are two questions that are an ongoing part of my work. One is asking people to reflect on a special blanket or piece of cloth and consider sharing the story with another. I am also interested in the question, ‘What would the…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Rick Bartow

“In these recent weeks, I have been thinking about the idea of shedding: such as, the peeling away and casting off of what is no longer useful or functional, but also shedding as in shedding light to illuminate and make clear. Rick Bartow’s After the Fall III is a wonderfully unguarded study in the artist’s…  Read more

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Isaka Shamsud-Din Walk-through

Join Grace Kook-Anderson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, for a deeper look into Rock of Ages, an exhibition highlighting the work of Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din. Even though the Museum has reopened, this exhibition is in a gallery that is still temporarily closed. However, you have likely seen Shamsud-Din’s work around…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Isaka Shamsud-Din

“For several years I sketched at a bar next door to my studio with the idea to capture some of that life, the meshing of figures/shapes, personalities, and my reflections. The painting is named after a Black motorcycle club whose members sometimes relaxed there. Contrary to stereotype, no violent incidents occurred there in the nine…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Joe Feddersen

“Coming upon Joe Feddersen’s Blue Horizon, from the series Rainscape feels like the perfect embodiment of our elongated spring in the Pacific Northwest, and much like the very weather we are having this week. Blue Horizon captures the opulent layers of the dawn sky as indirect sunlight scatters the soft hues to layers of delicate…  Read more

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Art and Race Matters Walk-through

Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott opened at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati (CAC) on September 20, 2019, and opened at the Portland Art Museum on February 15, 2020. This exhibition is the first full retrospective of one of America’s most compelling and controversial artists. Grace Kook-Anderson, the Arlene and Harold…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Bue Kee

“Bue Kee’s ‘Self-Portrait’ is currently a part of the exhibit, Portraiture from the Collection of Northwest Art, and it is a work I am eager to see again in person. Kee worked in a variety of mediums including painting, ceramics, and photography. Born and raised on a farm outside of Portland, Kee was Chinese-American. Despite…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Drex Brooks

“Longtime Oregon photographer Drex Brooks captured intimate moments of people, rural life, and the arid landscape of Eastern Oregon where he lived. In this photograph, a young girl sits in a pond, listening to water as its gentle undulations radiate outward from where she sits. As the recent pandemic has turned down the volume of…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Henk Pander

“In this watercolor painting, Henk Pander captures the volume of love letters written daily by his parents from 1932 until they married in 1937. As the eldest of ten children, Pander kept the letters intact. He recalled how they filled up an entire suitcase, and earlier efforts to organize and collate the letters led him…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Sally Haley

“Artist Sally Haley shows us the common yet simple elegance of a red mesh bag of yellow onions. Typical of Haley’s work, detailed and simple still-lifes are set against minimal and flat backgrounds. Onions are a common presence in most kitchens, they are a base for many cuisines around the world, building up rich flavors…  Read more