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Daily Art Moment: Vincent Hamel

“When the news becomes overwhelming, as it often has in 2020, I escape into pure color. Prussian Blue by Dutch artist Vincent Hamel offers a calming retreat. Hamel limits himself to a modest scale and materials, yet he produces captivating work that exhibits his deep love for color and tactility. In Prussian Blue, he used…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: George Johanson

“For the last week, thick yellow smoke from wildfires across the West Coast has choked the Portland skies. I am reminded of George Johanson’s evocative print City with Small Skull in which the swirling clouds suggest an unnamed menace. The ghostly silhouettes of fir trees sway in the night, bent by the strong wind that…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Gordon W. Gilkey

“Raise your hand if you love mountains! During this time of social distancing and sunny weather, Northwesterners are taking to the trails with alacrity. Here in Oregon and Washington, we are blessed with abundant hiking, backpacking, and alpine routes that provide exercise, solace, and stunning views of the vertiginous landscape. The mountains are also a…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Warja Honegger-Lavater

“Can you tell an entire story using only colored dots? Swiss artist Warja Honegger-Lavater was up for the task, unfurling the story of Little Red Riding Hood in just four scenes plus a key to the symbols. Anyone familiar with this classic tale can easily follow the wordless action as Honegger-Lavater translates the action into…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Claes Oldenburg

“We all deserve a treat during the dog days of August, and who better to serve it up than artworld prankster, Claes Oldenburg? Oldenburg humorously transforms familiar things through shifts in scale and media. In this work, the fleshy letters that form a melting ice cream bar recall his soft canvas sculptures from the previous…  Read more

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Art of Reading Walk-through

The artistic poster first flourished in the United States in the 1890s. Initially following design trends pioneered in Europe, American artists soon created their own unique style. Magazines were among the first to adopt this new form of advertising, employing outstanding designers such as Will Bradley, Edward Penfield, and Maxfield Parrish to advertise periodicals including…  Read more

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Art and Conversation: The Art of Reading

Tuesday, July 21 at 10 a.m. with Mary Weaver Chapin, Ph.D., Curator of Prints and Drawingsvia a live Zoom Webinar and Facebook Livestream Join the Curator of Prints and Drawings, Mary Weaver Chapin, Ph.D., in a discussion about the exhibition, The Art of Reading. Featuring original posters, magazine covers, and book covers, this exhibition explores the…  Read more

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Podcast: Private Lives—Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis

Co-curating an exhibition with another institution can be challenging, especially when a global pandemic prohibits travel, not only to other cities but even to your own Museum. It’s a little easier when you’ve known your co-curator for many decades. On this episode of Art Unbound, Mary Weaver Chapin, Portland Art Museum’s Curator of Prints and Drawings,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Elizabeth Catlett

“Not all art belongs on walls. Artists’ books are designed to be held by the viewer, creating an intimate and tactile relationship between the art and the onlooker. Often paired with text, artists’ books are a hybrid artform combining fine art, literature, and bookbinding. In ‘For My People,’ artist Elizabeth Catlett pairs six lithographs with…  Read more

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Daily Art Moments: Albert Besnard

“In late nineteenth-century Paris, morphine, a powerful opiate, was both legal and widespread. Although addiction afflicted all classes of society, artists were particularly fond of depicting fashionable women as part of the decadent underbelly of the city. In this etching, Besnard depicts two glassy-eyed morphinomanes (morphine addicts) relaxing into a stupor. The carafe on the…  Read more