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  • Marie Watt | Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

    Marie Watt's piece "Companion Species (Speech Bubble) 2019" is now a part of the permanent collection at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
    The museum has new acquisitions from several contemporary female artists as part of their commitment to developing a more inclusive American art collection.
    Congratulations, Marie!
    View Marie's piece and more information here:
    https://crystalbridges.org/blog/crystal-bridges-museum-of-american-art-a...

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  • HOLIDAY HOURS

    Happy holidays from everyone at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART!

    We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day and have altered hours:

    Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - CLOSED
    Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Friday, December 27, 2019 - 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday, December 28, 2019 - 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sunday, December 29, 2019 - CLOSED
    Monday, December 30, 2019 - CLOSED
    Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 11:00am - 3:00 pm
    Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - CLOSED

    We will return to our regular business hours of Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00am - 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020.

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  • Adam Sorensen in Juxtapoz Magazine

    Adam Sorensen was recently interviewed in the Winter Issue of Juxtapoz magazine by Gabe Scott. In the interview, Scott discusses the inspiration and framework around creating Sorensen's lively and mysterious landscape paintings. Of the work, Scott writes, “These expansive vignettes are influenced by Adam’s interaction with the natural world, as well as his enthusiasm for old reference books. Ambiguity is an important aspect of Sorensen’s earthly allusions, and at their core, his paintings are built on abstract emotion, rather than an explicit narrative. Bathed in vibrant energy and soaked in sumptuous chromatics, these environments are energy fields of density and optical resonance…” (Scott, Gabe. “Adam Sorensen: The Electric Light Landscape,” Juxtapoz, Winter Edition 2020: Page 108)

    Congratulations, Adam!
    Be sure to get a copy of the magazine to check out the full interview featuring Adam Sorensen.
    https://shop.juxtapoz.com/current-issue-winter-2020-212.html

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  • Iván Carmona Interview with David Schell

    Iván Carmona was recently interviewed, ahead of his solo show at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, in his studio by Portland-based artist David Schell on his blog Semi Finalist.

    Iván talks about his minimalistic style, the inspiration he finds in nature, culture, and childhood memories from his time spent in Puerto Rico, and the influences he draws from as he creates his sculptural works.

    Check out the interview here: https://www.davidscottschell.com/semi-finalist/semi-finalist-presents-iv...

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  • Joe Rudko: Interview in In the In-Between

    Joe Rudko was recently interviewed in the In the In-Between: Journal of New and New Media Photography by Bree Lamb- artist, educator, and editor based in New Mexico. Lamb’s interview gives an in depth look into Rudko’s studio, aesthetic, process, materials, and experiences.

    Take a look at the interview online here:
    https://www.inthein-between.com/find-cut-paste-bree-lamb-interviews-joe-...

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  • Marie Watt: Whitney Museum of American Art

    Marie Watt's work is on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 'Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019.' Skywalker/Skyscraper (Axis Mundi) was made in Brooklyn, New York, and references the Iroquois iron workers who were known as 'Skywalkers', and built many of the skyscrapers in the city.

    This exhibition remains on view through January 2021.
    Congratulations, Marie!

    https://whitney.org/exhibitions/making-knowing#exhibition-artists

    Listen to Marie talk about her work in the show here:
    https://whitney.org/audio-guides/2276?language=english&type=general&nigh...

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  • Marie Watt at Yale University Art Gallery

    Marie Watt will be a visiting artist at Yale University Art Gallery on Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd. Marie Watt's two pieces "First Teachers Balance the Universe, Part I: Things That Fly (Predator)" and "First Teachers Balance the Universe, Part II: Things That Fly (Prey)" were recently accepted into the permanent collection of Yale University Art Gallery and are currently on view.

    On Saturday, November 2nd at 3:00 pm, Marie Watt will give a lecture celebrating the opening of the exhibition "Place, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art" at Yale University Art Gallery. Having received her M.F.A. from Yale University in 1996, Watt will discuss her cross-disciplinary practice, time spent at Yale, and the works in the exhibition.

    On Sunday, November 3rd from 12:00 - 3:00 pm, Marie Watt and Yale University Art Gallery will host a community sewing circle. Both events are free and open to the public. People are invited to come as they are; no sewing experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Exclusively at this event, in exchange for stitches, Watt will offer a small-scale, limited-edition print.

    https://artgallery.yale.edu/calendar/events/opening-lecture-first-teache...
    https://artgallery.yale.edu/calendar/events/studio-program-sewing-circle

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  • Jenene Nagy: Interview on KBOO

    Jenene Nagy's recent interview with KBOO's Joseph Gallivan is up on their website. Take a listen and learn more about Jenene's handsome show, box breathing.

    https://kboo.fm/media/76008-joseph-gallivan-interviews-painter-jenene-na...

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  • Victoria Haven: Rauschenberg Residency

    Victoria Haven is an artist-in-residence at the Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island, Florida. Congratulations, Victoria!

    About the Residency: The Rauschenberg Residency is inspired by Rauschenberg's early years at Black Mountain College where an artistic community brought out elements central to his art, collaboration, and exploration. The residency advances new work, extends practices into new mediums, and serves as a research and development lab for performance-based projects. It fosters the ideal that artistic practice advances mutual understanding and engenders a focus on the conservation of a sensitive and pristine environment and integration with the local surroundings. Events designed to connect the local and regional community with the artists in residence may include an open studio of works in progress, outreaches by residents, and on-site activities/tours held in partnership with schools and arts and environmental organizations.

    The harmonious juxtaposition of natural landscape, modern and adaptable studios, and idyllic housing provides a perfect backdrop for the artistic process. The spirit of Robert Rauschenberg is everywhere.

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  • Exhibition Walkthrough with Jenene Nagy

    Please join us for an exhibition walkthrough of 'box breathing' with Los Angeles-based artist Jenene Nagy. Please RSVP to gallery@pdxcontemporaryart.com.

    Saturday, October 5, 2019
    11:30 am

    PDX CONTEMPORARY ART
    925 NW Flanders Street
    Portland, OR 97209

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  • Marie Watt: Lecture at Frye Art Museum

    Marie Watt will be giving a lecture at Frye Art Museum as a part of the "In Focus: Contemporary First Nations and Native American Women Artists and Curators Lecture Series.”

    Thursday, September 19, 2019
    7:00 pm

    Frye Art Museum
    704 Terry Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98104

    Lecture information: "What would the world look like if we thought of ourselves as companion species? Marie Watt doesn’t pretend to have the answer to this question, but her work does seek to forge relationships and reveal aspects of our connectedness to one another, to animals, and to the natural world. Rather than presenting her extensive body of work in chronological order, Watt will piece together themes in a way that might resemble sewing together a blanket.”

    https://fryemuseum.org/calendar/event/7245/

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  • Marie Watt: Artist-in-Residence at Tacoma Glass Museum

    Marie Watt will be an artist-in-residence at the Tacoma Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, from Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - Sunday, September 22, 2019.

    In addition to the residency, Marie Watt will be giving a lecture at the Tacoma Museum of Glass on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

    Tacoma Museum of Glass
    1801 Dock Street
    Tacoma, WA 98402

    Watch the work being made live: https://www.museumofglass.org/experiencemog

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  • Storm Tharp: "What Needs to Be Said" at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art

    Storm Tharp is exhibiting at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art as a part of the Hallie Ford Fellows in Visual Arts exhibition, "What Needs to Be Said," curated by Diana Nawi. Of Storm's work, Diana Nawi writes, "... Storm Tharp's 'Cadre' (2017) contains a quality of pathos, communicated through dynamic gesture and bodies and visages that make visible sentiment and sensation. For Tharp, seriality yields both juxtaposition and cohesion. While a breadth of gestures is contained in this suite of thirty-six works on paper, ranging from total abstraction to clear figuration, from grinding black lines to washy inks, together they form an expressive, almost linguistic set of images that holds contradiction and grace side-by-side." ('What Needs to Be Said,' Diana Nawi, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, 2019, Page 17)

    Congratulations, Storm, and thank you to The Ford Family Foundation for their generous support of Oregon Artists through the Hallie Ford Fellowship program!

    September 14 - December 20, 2019

    Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University
    700 State Street
    Salem, OR 97301

    Tuesday - Saturday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Sunday
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Gus Van Sant: Recent Paintings, Hollywood Boulevard at Vito Schnabel Projects

    Vito Schnable Gallery,
    43 Clarkson Street
    New York, NY 10014
    "Vito Schnabel Projects will present Gus Van Sant: Recent Paintings, Hollywood Boulevard, an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artist and auteur Gus Van Sant (b. 1952, Louisville, Kentucky). On view will be a series of large-scale watercolors on stretched linen that collapse dreamlike impressions of urban Los Angeles with specific narratives inspired by the people and events Van Sant has observed since establishing his home in the city in the 1970s.

    Recent Paintings, Hollywood Boulevard is Van Sant’s first solo painting exhibition in New York.

    Admired internationally as a filmmaker, painter, photographer, and musician, Van Sant received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence in 1975. Since that time his studio painting practice has moved in and out of the foreground of a multi-disciplinary career, becoming a priority again over recent years. Van Sant’s work in different mediums is united by a single overarching interest in portraying people on the fringes of society. In this exhibition, dreamlike hybridized scenes depict male nudes in shimmering, fractured cityscapes—obscure objects of desire whose presence suggests a mythological dimension hovering within the everyday world.

    Many of the paintings on view in the exhibition feature a solitary young man striding past, standing before, or slumping beside a driverless automobile. Roads, buildings, vehicles, and body parts dissolve into one another, yielding a persistent sense of displacement that is heightened by Van Sant’s palette of pale pastels punctuated by deftly placed lines and spots of vivid color. Defined brushstrokes and carefully rendered details give way to veils and washes on linen, resulting in a deceptively gentle mien that seduces and then confounds. The erotic and unsettling effects of these scenes recall the words of Van Sant’s multi-disciplinary predecessor, the filmmaker, painter, poet, novelist, designer, and playwright Jean Cocteau: “I’ve always preferred mythology to history. History is truth that becomes an illusion. Mythology is an illusion that becomes reality.”

    Van Sant’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, Le Case d’Arte in Milan, Italy, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene, among others. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions since the 1980s, presenting drawings, paintings, photographs, video works, and writing. Among Van Sant’s many internationally acclaimed feature films are Milk (2008); Elephant (2003); Good Will Hunting (1997); My Own Private Idaho (1991); and Drugstore Cowboy (1989)."

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  • Jeffry Mitchell exhibits at the Victoria and Albert Museum

    September 4 - May 10, 2020
    "Blanc de Chine, a Continuous Conversation"
    Featuring historic and contemporary ‘Blanc de Chine’ - white porcelains made in Dehua, China.

    
Thursday, September 5, 2019 – Sunday, May 10, 2020 

    
10.00 – 17.30 

    
Ceramics, Room 146 & China, Room 44 


    This display showcases historic pieces from the V&A’s Asian and European ceramics collections, as well as a selection of new works by contemporary makers including: Babs Haenen, Lucille Lewin, Liang Wanying, Jeffry Mitchell, Su Xianzhong, and Peter Ting. Retelling the story of porcelain-making in Dehua, this display will build a bridge between the past and the current, tradition and innovation, and breaking the boundary of Chinese and non-Chinese ceramic practices.

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  • Jeffry Mitchell: Snowflake Drawing #5 (Double Lotus Pod) Acquired by the Frye Art Museum

    This work by Jeffry Mitchell was recently accepted into the permanent collection of the Frye Art Museum through a two-year acquisition partnership between the Seattle Art Fair and the Frye Art Museum. Congratulations to Jeffry Mitchell and the three other artists selected!

    “To support not only local artists but also the galleries of our region that sustain their careers is a privilege.” —Joseph Rosa, Director and CEO of the Frye Art Museum

    https://seattleartfair.com/About/Announcements/2019_08_05_SAF-x-Frye-Art...

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  • Iván Carmona: Seattle Art Fair

    Iván Carmona's ceramics were a hit at the Seattle Art Fair. Established collectors and first time art buyers happily bought his brighly colored, expressive sculptures. Thank you to all who visited our booth.

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  • James Lavadour Awarded a Hallie Ford Fellowship by The Ford Family Foundation

    Congratulations to PDX CONTEMPORARY ART represented artist James Lavadour who was named a Hallie Ford Fellow alongside Corey Arnold, Niraja Cheryl Lorenz, Jess Perlitz, and Sharita Towne! Thank you to The Ford Family Foundation for their generous support of Oregon artist and our art ecology through important gifts like the Hallie Ford Fellowship.

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  • Jenene Nagy exhibits at The Santo Foundation

    PDX CONTEMPORARY ART is pleased to announce Jenene Nagy’s participation in The Santo Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition in St. Louis, MO, curated by Gretchen L. Wagner, Saint Louis Art Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

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  • Nancy Lorenz: Shimmering Flowers at Berkshire Botanical Garden

    Nancy Lorenz’s solo exhibition 'Shimmering Flowers' will be on view at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA, from June 1- September 30, 2019. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s lacquer boxes and works on panel, in addition to new works in bronze. The bronze pieces in the show will display ikebana arrangements in collaboration with floral designers at the garden throughout the exhibition.

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