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Whoever said painting was dead?

Tom Hall and Joshua Ferry provide powerful counterarguments
What makes painting so special? In Maine this seems a superfluous question.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  October 16, 2014


Two artists at crossroads

New bodies of work at Susan Maasch Fine Art
Susan Maasch Fine Art is showing solos of two widely different artists: abstract painter Jessica Gandolf and photographer Jack Montgomery.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  September 19, 2014


Abstraction built on emptiness

David Raymond draws worlds with a minute vocabulary
David Raymond can make substantive art with very little actual substance.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  August 22, 2014


Inquiry under pressure

Richard Tuttle's experiments in printmaking
That said, “Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective” affords a fascinating opportunity to get a more complete picture of the artist, who, apparently, thinks like a sculptor engaging space even when paying his respects to the medium of printmaking, its practitioners, and its history.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  July 23, 2014


Gouge, break, and hammer

Katie Bell paints with building materials
The show is comprised of two sculptures and two site-specific installations. Collectively, they afford the excitement of seeing a young artist develop.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  June 25, 2014


Seas of eternity

Shoshannah White reveals and veils timeless currents 
Moody, romantic, luscious, fluid—words like these come to mind when viewing Shoshannah White’s atmospheric images of the sea.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  May 29, 2014


The space between things

Andrea Sulzer’s investigations into representation
Andrea Sulzer’s investigations into representation
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  May 08, 2014


Superficial surrealism

Bowdoin exhibit lacks context
For this show, the Museum’s already impressive holdings of surrealist and modernist photography are augmented by loans from galleries and major institutions.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  April 09, 2014


Photography in many guises

Bryan Graf's protean vision
Bryan Graf's protean vision
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  March 14, 2014


Piecing together meaning

At Bates, collage remains relevant
That collage can involve a lot more than bits of paper and glue is currently demonstrated at the Bates College Museum of Art.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  February 12, 2014


Back to basics

Looking beyond landscapes at bowdoin
A smart show at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art reminds us that nature is more than green stuff.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  January 16, 2014


Other cultures and times

For Alice Spencer and Heather Perry, inspiration comes from other art.
Aucocisco Galleries’ current show touches on highly problematic issues like aesthetic colonialism, unqualified homage, and cynical appropriation with Alice Spencer referencing ethnic textiles and Heather Perry Victorian mourning jewelry.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  December 12, 2013


Viewing MECA’s faculty show

 Viewing MECA’s faculty show
ICA’s cavernous galleries are now dotted with pieces by current faculty members Sascha Braunig (painting), Samantha Haedrich (graphic design), Hilary Irons (foundation), and Peter Simensky (MFA), which, thanks to their strength, not their scale, can hold their own in the ample space around them.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  November 20, 2013


Morris David Dorenfeld’s woven geometries

 From serene to boisterous
Icon Contemporary Art in Brunswick shows 15 of Dorenfeld’s tapestries illustrating this range from incremental repetition to all-encompassing composition, from eye-pleasing color harmonies to high-key contrasts, from serenity to vivacity.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  October 24, 2013


A curator eyes the Portland museum of art’s new biennial approach

 Piecing and translating
What this Biennial has lost in liveliness and surprise, it has gained in depth.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  October 11, 2013


Ahmed Alsoudani’s reckoning

 War, life, and art
The Portland Museum of Art now showcases one of the newest stars of the international art world, Ahmed Alsoudani.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  September 19, 2013


Four decades of photographs by Olive Pierce

 An empathic look at children
Portland’s newest gallery is probably PhoPa, a collaboration between the Maine Media Workshops and College, curator Bruce Brown, and photographer Jon Edwards.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  August 30, 2013


Paintings of dreamy and sublime awkwardness

 More Bradford, Please
With only eight paintings, “Katherine Bradford: August” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art leaves us wanting more.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  August 05, 2013


A strong, solid finish to Maine Women Pioneers III

Women lead at UNE
The 18 artists featured do not necessarily strike me as occupying the frontlines of contemporary art; however, their work is mature and confident. Gender and its societal associations only rarely come to the forefront of the artists' conception or the viewer's experience.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  July 10, 2013


Sophia Narrett’s update on the Romantics

Dreams in paint and thread
Sophia Narrett has created "embroidered paintings" since 2011.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  May 30, 2013
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