• May 23, 2008
    By Ken Greenleaf
    Two shows I recently reviewed have, on reflection, something in common. It’s hard to think of two more dissimilar artists than George Bellows and Lois Dodd. Bellows was the wide-ranging social critic chronicling life in the early American century, and Dodd paints contemporary landscapes with cool passion and remarkable pictorial intelligence.

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  • May 13, 2008
    By webteam
    By Ken Greenleaf

    The art world has lost a familiar presence with the recent death of Ed Groome. Ed and his wife, the painter Martha Groome, were always present at every art opening of note, and many that were pretty obscure. They would travel sometimes enormous distances to be part of an opening. It was not unusual to go to see a friend’s show at some little gallery at the end of the last road on a peninsula and find Ed and Martha already there.

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  • May 02, 2008
    By webteam

    Today we introduce a new beginning - a new thread on this blog that we're calling "Innocent Bystander," in which Portland Phoenix art reviewer Ken Greenleaf will muse on various aspects of the local art scene and, as in this entry, meditate more deeply on particular aspects.

    On the painting Pont St. Michel by Henri Matisse at the Portland Museum of Art

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