Portland Art Museum's New Contemporary Art Curator is a Globetrotting Ex-Seattleite


Arts & Books
Replacing 14-year veteran curator Bruce Guenther as Portland Art Museum's new Modern and Contemporary Art curator, Sara Krajewski has big plans for community outreach at PAM when she starts work in August. When Guenther retired in 2014, WW's visual arts expert Richard Speer wrote of the alternating crusty and charming curator: "Curatorially, he was formidable, and PAM would do well ...   More
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Enid Spitz

It Used To Be Better

What went wrong in Portland’s visual arts scene, and what we can do to fix it.

Cover Story
Udders hang from the rafters. They’re fake, fashioned from rubber molds, but the long-haired calf grazing in the corner of the gallery is real, and it’s pissing on the hay covering the hardw   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 RICHARD SPEER



The Enclave: Richard Mosse, now on view at the Portland Art Museum, has been eliciting powerful responses since its opening in November. The video installation with its disorienting multiple screens and visceral soundtrack, accompanied by the contemplative gallery of still photography, is an immersion into the conflict in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo."My intention with this work was to ...   More
Saturday, December 13, 2014 Portland Art Museum

Blue Sky Gallery Celebrated at Portland Art Museum

Portland gallery that helped spark a national fine art photography movement turns 40.


Over the past four decades, Portland’s Blue Sky Gallery has risen from an upstart artists’ collective to a mature, nationally recognized nonprofit photographic space. This major Portland Art Museum exhibition of more than 120 works by artists shown at Blue Sky demonstrates the critical role that the gallery has played in the reconsideration and establishment of photography as a fine art medium. ...   More
Saturday, December 6, 2014 Portland Art Museum


The Stunning Beauty and Devastating Conflict in The Enclave


THE EXHIBITIONThe Portland Art Museum is honored and thrilled to be the first U.S. museum to present Richard Mosse’s powerful video and photo installation The Enclave (2013).The exhibition explores the intersection between contemporary art and photojournalism as it documents aspects of the ongoing conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This humanitarian disaster—in which 5.4 ...   More
Saturday, November 15, 2014 Portland Art Museum

New York Times Says Elaine Wynn Bought the $142.4 Million Dollar Francis Bacon Painting Hanging in Portland

Piece cites art world insiders as source.


Arts & Books
Apparently what's bought in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn, was named by the New York Times as the buyer of the $142.4 million Francis Bacon painting, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, currently on display at the Portland Art Museum.Steve Wynn had been suspected early of being the owner of the painting. He denied these rumors explicitly. ...   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Shaking Out The Bacon

The world’s most expensive publicly auctioned painting arrived in Portland on Dec. 20. But who owns it?

News Stories
The most famous Pacific Northwest mysteries have often involved serial killers. But our city’s current whodunit is about something we’re much less known for: a great deal of money. Three Stu   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

Four states, one giant room.

Visual Arts
Over the spring and summer, I went on art-related trips to New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and in none of those cities did I encounter a museum show that breathed as expansively as the    More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Seattle sculptor John Grade wins Contemporary Northwest Art Awards


Arts & Books
Seattle-based sculptor and conceptual artist John Grade took home the $10,000 Arlene Schnitzer Prize at the culmination of the opening ceremonies for Portland Art Museum’s second Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. PAM executive director Brian Ferriso announced the award to a packed crowd in PAM’s sunken ballrom shortly after 7:30 pm on Saturday, June 18.  Arlene Schnitzer herself was to have ...   More
Monday, June 20, 2011 RICHARD SPEER


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