Today we begin a new arts writing series commissioned by The Ford Family Foundation’s Critics and Curators Program, with founding Editors Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College; and Sue Taylor, Associate Dean, College of the Arts and Professor of Art History, Portland State University.
The Foundation and its partners share a goal to strengthen the visual arts ecology in Oregon, and a key interest in increasing the volume of critical writing on art in our region. To that end, Stephanie Snyder brings a review by Portland writer Sam Hopple of Heather Watkins: Waiting Room, on view through June 2 at PDX Contemporary Art. Hopple finds, in Watkins’ newest work, the “softness of Agnes Martin… the geometry of Anni Albers… .” At our request, Snyder suggested pieces from the Visual Arts Ecology Project archive that shape an interesting conversation to this thread. She looked to “women artists, abstraction, the handmade and the politics of power.”
Snyder’s picks include writings by Amy Bernstein and Sarah Sentilles and essays by Lois Allan, Mathew Kangas and Terri Hopkins for the significant 2004 Art Gym exhibition Northwest Matriarchs of Modernism. After June 7, you can watch the 2013 OPB Art Beat special on Corvallis-based artist Julie Green before heading to see her exhibition Food, Fashion and Capital Punishment, at Upfor.