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Pulp fixation

A distant culture of comic art at the PPL
The largest assemblage of original pulp illustrations in the world, this showcase of over 20 pulp artists comes sweating, scantily clad, and guns blazing.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  November 03, 2014


Critique the hand that feeds you

Aaron T Stephan plays with the space of the PMA
The problem of the art museum and how it adapts with the progress of art has been an issue since before the Conceptualist movement, before Dada brought the weird and Situationists took to the streets.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  October 06, 2014


The pull of the earth

The arc of Bernard Langlais at Colby's Museum of Art
Langlais found an authenticity of life on the Maine coast, as well as a lumber yard full of raw material.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  September 04, 2014


Methods from madness

Dancers from Portland and New York bring compelling performance to the ICA
“No one listens if you just tell them what’s wrong,” explains Jack Ferver, a New York-based dancer, choreographer, actor, teacher, and writer, as we sit in the large back gallery space of the ICA at MECA. “Everyone knows what’s wrong, but how do people feel it?”  
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  July 30, 2014


Man is the sum of his arts

Marc Swanson sets stage for Rehearsal Space
Rehearsal Space has an atmosphere of sneaking into an abandoned house, a domestic arrangement of personal effects that contains nothing more, nothing less, than prescribed.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  July 14, 2014


Getting off and getting it right

Fruit Punch Productions makes smart local smut
Fruit Punch Productions, owned and operated by trans couple Jules and Erin Purnell, is Portland’s premier queer porn film company.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  June 19, 2014


The existential artist

Self-portraiture at the height of selfie culture
Oneself is often the most ready model, but subjectively the most complicated muse.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  June 11, 2014


To build a more perfect shape

'Install 4’ draws lines between three Maine artists
Thematically clean-lined and tension-fraught, the contemplation of shape readily beams out of each painting and sculptural element.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  May 22, 2014


Mansion crashers

Contemporary artists sneak mischief into Victoria Mansion
In the smartly curated "Mansion as Muse: Contemporary Art at Victoria Mansion," the cutting-edge sprouts up around the antique with an invasion of five contemporary artists’ clever site-specific installations.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  April 17, 2014


Prime meridian musings

Kentridge collaborates on the concept of time
South African artist William Kentridge’s draws from this historical imperialism and expands into a wide-reaching ode to time and our inability to harness its power, in an exhibit at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  March 19, 2014


A high-res Arab Spring

Artists from Cairo digitalize the revolution
The Colby College Museum of Art continues to foster the contemporary, now with an eye to international context, as the walls hum and glow with digital video from some of Egypt’s most pioneering artists.
By: MARIAH BERGERON  |  February 19, 2014

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