Grotjahn's Dancing Black Butterflies originally installed at Gagosian
Definitely head over to the Portland Art Museum asap, we finally have a Marc
Grotjahn exhibition in town
. (fellow triangle enthusiasts ...triangulate?)
Now on view in the fourth-floor Miller-Meigs galleries of the Jubitz Center
for Modern and Contemporary Art, the exhibition of Mark Grotjahn's Untitled
(Dancing Black Butterflies) is presented in conjunction with the Museum's Summer
of Drawing (along with Sol
, works from the Crocker and R. Crumb). Exciting to have such programmatic
Grotjahn's work on view is a drawing in nine parts that takes his recurring preoccupation with "the butterfly" to its formal and historical limits.
It's an elegant work of subtly shifting abstract forms that showcases Grotjahn's
remarkable handling of colored pencil and his formal experimentation within
the history of abstraction and perception. The drawings' complex, skewed angles
carry the eye from sheet to sheet around the room in a manner suggestive of
musical notation, dance and deconstructionist architecture.
Frankly, I was becoming concerned about when the Miller-Meigs series of endowed
exhibitions would restart (after a short post Twombly breather) as it has been
the most consistently interesting program of exhibitions in Portland (Ed Ruscha,
Roxy Paine, Damien Hirst, Pierre
, Cy Twombly) since its inception in 2005. Needless to say it's back.
It is doubly nice to be able to see both Sol LeWitt and Grotjahn in one visit
to the Portland Art Museum.
On view through October 17th.
What about the APEX? Under Gately's direction the series introduced underserved regional art into the museum.
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