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Well, Ive been enjoying running around to so many thesis group shows (I prefer no to see the solos because Im more interested in the work they make after art school). Though expectedly a bit wobbly on their new legs its nice to see some real resolve and sometimes outright anger in the work this year. The times demand it. Ive got some review and some other longer form content coming but till then here are some interesting stories.

Agnes Gund is the gold standard when it comes to patronage in this country and this interview by artnet partially explains why. What is important is her focus on follow-through not simply funding vanity art space projects that just advertise her activities. I wonder about most younger collectors… they seem far more fickle. They start spaces or exhibition programs, then they let them go fallow. In a city like Portland where things are rapidly becoming more complicated for artists (studio and living space) as well as rent pressure on experimental spaces that foster careers and create a ladder to build a career/life upon.

Art F City did a nice job of taking down the Venice Biennale this year. The entire art world isnt completely out of touch (Mark Bradford at least made an effort to stay in touch… his paintings are good but his sculpture and installation isn’t really his strength) but it is important to point out art that is too far up its own “artist statement”…. AFC did that.

Whether you like her work or not this piece on Phyllida Barlow in the Telegraph is a moving look into one artist’s journey to the Venice Biennale.