time again... and Portland has had someone in 3 of the last 4.
The 2008 show opens Thursday and even PNCA is doing an event in New York
This year the Portlander is MK
Guth, whom PORT interviewed in depth earlier this year
. Joseph Gallivan
just did a
nice piece on Guth for the Tribune
...we will surely miss Gallivan's contributions
to that paper. His accessible but engaging arts writing made most of the other newsprint in
town look tragic.
It's true some worship the WB as some sort of art career Deus ex Machina
while the show's overall importance has waned as of late. Still, some 2-5 artists
seem to emerge from each iteration and artists like David Altmejd, Forcefield,
Chris Johanson and Harrell Fletcher have all gone on to make more serious contributions
after the show. My point is the Whitney B in itself isn't as important as the
follow through after. In many ways Portlanders are simply over being excited
about The Whitney but we love the fact that MK gets to do her thing. I also
keep thinking that a west of the Mississippi Biennial might be in order some
day as well.
All I can say is "Go Guth!" She has busted her ass this year especially, and I can't think of anyone more deserving.
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