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Now is your chance to see Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen’s private art collection. Debuting at the Portland Art Museum, in Oregon, “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” will be on view through January 10, 2016.

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The Portland Art Museum has hired one-time Seattleite Sara Krajewski as its new curator of modern and contemporary art, museum leaders announced this week. She replaces longtime curator Bruce Guenther, who retired in October 2014 after 14 years at the museum.

Krajewski comes to Portland after serving for three years as the director of the INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) galleries at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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The Portland Art Museum announced this morning that Bruce Guenther, the chief curator and Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will retire on October 20.

Since joining in 2000, Guenther has been a driving force in the art museum's artistic mission, growth, exhibition curation, and role in the regional (and sometimes international) art scene.

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This past November, Francis Bacon’s triptych portrait Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969) sold for $142.4 million at Christie’s, setting an artist’s record and becoming the most expensive work ever sold at auction. Less than a month later, the massive contemporary masterpiece turned up on loan, not at a modern-day art mecca like New York’s Museum of Modern Art (as Edvard Munch’s The Scream did), but on the opposite end of the US, at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. The painting, which remained on view there through early April, was loaned by its new owner Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of casino mogul and top collector Steve Wynn. Mrs. Wynn, a resident of Nevada, was reportedly entitled to save more than $10 million in taxes by first parking the painting at the Portland Art Museum before bringing it to her home state.

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The Portland Art Museum has acquired 69 photographs by Robert Adams of western Oregon. Taken between 1992 and 2012, the photographs explore the impact of clear-cutting in Oregon’s Coast Range and the hope of recovery along the Pacific Ocean; they were included in the museum’s recent exhibition The Question of Hope: Robert Adams in Western Oregon.

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The Portland Art Museum in Oregon has announced a monumental exhibition that will present masterpieces from the collection of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” will feature approximately 40 paintings by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, J.M.W. Turner, Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others.

The exhibition, which spans five centuries of European and American landscape painting, was organized by the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Allen Family Collection. It will debut at the Portland Art Museum in October 2015. It will then travel to The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art before closing at the Seattle Art Museum in early 2017.

The exhibition explores the evolution of landscape painting from the early Impressionists’ direct observations of nature to the more subjective works of the Post-Impressionists and the individualized perspectives that 20th-century artists brought to traditional landscape subjects.

Brian Ferriso, the Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, said, “Paul Allen is one of the Northwest’s most significant art collectors and philanthropists. His willingness to share his landscape masterpieces with our visitors continues his exceptional generosity and is a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by works of art that reflect his personal vision.”

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Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:54

Venetian Masterpieces Go on View in Oregon

The Portland Art Museum in Oregon is the only U.S. venue for "Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music." The show focuses on La Serenissima" or "the most serene," the period between the early 16th century and the fall of the Venetian Republic at the end of the 18th century that was defined by a surge in artistic innovation. During this time, music and art flourished thanks to painters such as Tintoretto, Canaletto, and Guardi, as well as composers such as Willaert, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, and Vivaldi.

Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition is the first to explore the important interrelationships of the visual arts and music in Venice's civic ceremonies, festivals, and culture. The show will present 108 objects from 38 lenders including paintings, prints, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, original period instruments, and early music texts. Period music will be audible in the galleries to create a more comprehensive visitor experience.

 "Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music" will be organized by theme. Sections will include -- Basilica of San Marco, which will explore Venice's center of religious devotion; Civic Pageantry, which will look at the many festivities and processions held throughout the year in Venice; The Scuole and The Ospedali, which will explore the impact that schools and hospital orphanages had on art and music in Venice; Musicians and Concerts, which will look at the impact and importance of music in the city; Popular Music; and Mythology and Opera.  

 "Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music" will be on view at the Portland Art Museum through May 11, 2014.

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The Portland Art Museum in Oregon will exhibit Francis Bacon’s ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud,’ the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. The triptych, which sold for $142 million at Christie’s in November, will go on view beginning December 21.

The presentation of the Bacon painting will be part of the museum’s Masterworks / Portland series, which is now in its fifth year and provides an opportunity to study a single object and artist in depth. Previous works that have been featured in the series include Raphael’s ‘La Velata,’ Titian’s ‘La Bella,’ and Thomas Moran’s ‘Shoshone Falls on the Snake River.’

While the painting’s owner has not been publicly announced, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation helped make the Portland Art Museum’s presentation of the Bacon triptych possible. Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, is a major art collector, leading many to believe that he purchased ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ from Christie’s.

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The Portland Art Museum presents Maine Moderns: Art in Seguinland, 1900-1940 on view June 4, 2011 – September 11, 2011.

This exhibition of 65 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs will examine the personal and professional relationships of a small group of American modernists who worked in Maine in the first half of the 20th century. Although much of their artistic activity was centered in New York, along with their mentor the photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz, these artists all chose to summer in the small mid-coast communities south of Bath, in a region that was then known as “Seguinland.” It was there that they developed a camaraderie and sense of place that strongly influenced their work. This exhibition will feature works by F. Holland Day, Clarence White, Marsden Hartley, Max Weber, Marguerite and William Zorach, and Gaston Lachaise, among others.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: Marsden Hartley (United States 1877–1943), Jotham’s Island (now Fox), Off Indian Point, Georgetown, Maine. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA.

Portland Museum of Art Seven Congress Square . Portland, Maine 04101 . (207) 775-6148

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