Portland Art Museum's "Constructing Identity" Asks Something Important Of Viewers It’s not enough to show work by underrepresented artists. We have to learn how to see it.
March 13, 2017 - Jennifer Rabin
Portland Art Museum's "Constructing Identity" Asks Something Important Of Viewers - Willamette Week
"In some cases, the pursuit of abstraction may mean that artists have been liberated from having to represent and define themselves to a culture that has ignored and misrepresented them, choosing to say, "I am here! I exist!" by rendering the pure forms that speak from the soul—an inherently defiant and hopeful act. These are things to consider when you see the lines of monochromatic ink dragged and feathered across the paper in Norman Lewis' minimal Untitled Abstract Composition, which reads like a map of possibilities. Or when you take in Sam Middleton's Love Day, with its nods to the ebullience of midcentury abstract expressionism and the restraint of Asian calligraphy." - Jennifer Rabin
Constructing Identity at the Portland Art Museum is open through June 18th
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