Maine Print Project
Post #912 • November 27, 2006, 11:33 AM • 17 Comments
Portland, ME — It would be a great way to see Maine: twenty-five museums and art centers from Presque Island to York have been putting on exhibitions of print shows since August, as part of the Maine Print Project, billed as "largest collaborative arts project in Maine's history." I caught the Portland Museum of Art's entry into this effort, a show called "A Century of Maine Prints: 1880s-1980s," and it's great fun. Artists as far back as Winslow Homer retreated to Maine for the landscape and creative atmosphere, and the tradition of doing so continued with early Modernists like the Zorachs, high Modernists like Fairfield Porter (his image at the link above steals the show), and artists still working today. Other notable objects include keen works by Bellows and Hopper, a spirited, folky unicorn by Dahlov Ipcar, and a Marin landscape working its jaunty, yet tormented manner. Even the Alex Katz doesn't look half bad. As someone not native to the Pine Tree State, I appreciated seeing how it played into the lives of many luminaries and was home to many admirable locals.