I can't really review the Noriko Sakanishi show at June
Fitzpatrick, partly because the schedule doesn't work out, but also because
I've written about her a lot over the years. I don't have much that's fresh to
Even so, when I got to the show recently, I got more than I
expected. I think Sakanishi is one of the best artists working in Maine today, and this is
one of the best shows I've seen by her. It's a mix of her large wall pieces, a
number of drawings and some collages.
The big drawings were new to me, and I found them riveting.
Her big wall pieces have her familiar authority. The little collages are as
good as any I have ever seen - if you allow them enough time, they give you
goosebumps. The Portland
Museum missed the mark by
not including them in their recent collage show. For that matter, they have not
collected any of Sakanishi's work thus far, a big hole in their collection of Maine art. She has been
working here for over forty years and is way overdue for a major museum show.
This is a show that anyone with a serious interest in art