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Clifford Still, PH-405 (1967), private collection

My first pick is easy, the Portland Art Museum is participating in the National Free Museum Day today. There’s lots of good stuff like the John Yeon show and Sam Hamilton in the Apex Series but its some of the special guests that are soo absolutely worth a visit. In particular this absolutely fantastic Clifford Still PH-405 from 1967 is an absolute stunner. The painting envelops the viewer like walking into a furnace and the heartwood of a tree at the same time. The surface also has the delicacy of scales on a butterfly’s wings. It is sublime and since you have to go through that much dreaded tunnel to get to it the crowds likely wont follow you… The museum really does need to fix that floorplan problem with the Rothko pavilion (City Council members get it together, the Rothkos alone will be the crown jewel of Portland’s cultural offerings so it needs to happen somehow).

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park

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