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Alison Saar

Alison Saar is considered one of the most important and sometimes controversial artists doing public art today. PORT interviewed here 7 years ago exploring race, idenity and the artist’s way. She is also a print maker and her exhibit in PNCA’s 511 gallery gives us another facet to consider in addition to the sculpture, which is also on display.

CREPUSCULAR BLUE: PRINTS AND SCULPTURE BY ALISON SAAR | September 7 – October 14, 2017
First Thursday: September 7, 6:00-8:00PM
Artist Talk: September 18, 6:30PM PNCA
511 NW Broadway

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Marie Watt has been on of the Pacific Northwest’s stalwart artists for decades but this new series combining the depictions of a dogs (like the Capitoline Wolf) on various fabrics as well as sculptures argues to be her strongest work to date. I like to see an artist actually hit a new stride after getting a lot of awards and museum attention… it is a mark of distinction.

Companion Species | August 31 – September 30
First Thursday Reception: September 7, 6-8PM
PDX Contemporary
925 NW Flanders

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Of course it is also the opening night of TBA (which has been pretty weak on visual art offerings the past few years). Still, it is a visual spectacle and hopefully Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will grace us with their challenging visual art in addition to performance? It is free at 8:30PM at 15 NE Hancock. Now that PICA owns full time home we hope the visual arts offerings will become less sporadic and more year-round? Ya know, throw it like you own it…

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