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Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR - To March 17, 2024, with a temporary closure Nov 26, 2023 through Jan 17, 2024 for construction
The groundbreaking show Black Artists of Oregon looks at over a century of Black artists who worked in Oregon. For a state whose founding document excluded Blacks from owning property or living here, this exhibition is a revelation. The walls are teeming with artworks from the museum's collection, many hung salon-style, and others sourced by elders in the community.
Guest curator Intisar Abioto was already researching Black artists of Oregon in 2018 when she got a grant to expand her ... Read More
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB - Nov 4, 2023 - Jan 28, 2024
Those alert to developments in contemporary figurative painting may have noticed Ally McIntyre’s Dethroned (2015) on social media in the later 2010s. The portrait depicts a white boy dressed in night clothes sitting in the lap of a stuffed and faded kitty, his face, hands and feet rendered in the realist style, with vertical clown-like strokes of green and black over his eyes and nose. Dethroned expresses what many knew was coming – an end to male privilege – while at ... Read More
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby, BC - Nov 7, 2023 - Jan 20, 2024
Under the supervision of Yuji Yamashita, art historian and professor at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo, The Superlative Artistry of Japan is a disparate collection of work by a group of artists and craftspeople, all of whom are extraordinarily skilled and who represent some of the very finest of Japanese art and craft. This exhibition from the Japan Foundation has been travelling the world since 2020, beginning at the Kočevje Regional Museum in Slovenia; other stops include ... Read More
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA - To Jan 7, 2024
This solo show, her first on the West Coast, features thought-provoking examples of multidisciplinary artist Clarissa Tossin’s sculpture, weaving, drawing, 3-D printed instruments and film works, including newly completed pieces as well as significant work developed over the past decade. To take root among the stars, a phrase borrowed from Octavia Butler’s science fiction novels, suggests that Tossin has a particular preoccupation with Earth’s ecological destruction and our inability ... Read More