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Summer at the Portland Art Museum

Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955

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There are several exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum this summer that echo our class lessons this year. I didn't plan it but is is one of those happy accidents we often speak of . It is a great opportunity to see a large body of the work in person and for fans of Richard Diebenkorn, this is a rare opportunity to see an exhibition that chronicles the history of his work. In addition to considering his early thematic and stylistic evolution, the exhibition also examines his technical origins in oil, watercolor, gouache, ink, crayon, and collage.

" Featuring 100 paintings and drawings from the collection of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955 traces the Portland-born artist’s evolution from representational landscape, to Surrealist-inspired work, to his Abstract Expressionist paintings. This exhibition brings together seldom seen works to illustrate the breadth and depth of this preeminent American artist’s early years. " ( from the catalog)

Japanese Print Maker - Suzuki Harunobu 1725-1770

JUN 23 – SEP 16, 2018

Young lovers, fashionable beauties, parodies of classical themes, and sweet scenes of everyday life: these were the chosen subjects of Suzuki Harunobu. His short but prolific career made a lasting mark on the history of Japanese prints.

Northwest Coast and Native American Art Collection / New Aquisitions

The Museum’s collection of Native American art is housed in the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Center for Native American Art, located on the second and third floors of the Hoffman Wing in the Museum’s Main Building. The collection, remarkable for both its depth and diversity, consists of more than 5,000 prehistoric and historic objects created by some 200 cultural groups from throughout North America. Each gallery is devoted to art from a specific cultural region.

Free admission for children under 17

 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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