Richard Estes’ Realism
May 22, 2014 - September 7, 2014

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Co-organized by the PMA and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this exhibition is the most comprehensive survey since 1991 of the paintings of Richard Estes, the foremost practitioner of American photorealism who is renowned for his precise, crystalline style. Encompassing 50 works, the show spans from Estes’ first mature New York City facades and scenes of the late 1960s to panoramic views of Manhattan and numerous other cities and natural sites. The exhibition offers new perspectives onto Estes as a painter both of the urban and natural worlds, balancing his interest in the dense fabric of New York and other large cities with his close attention to the coast of Maine and the woods of Mount Desert Island, where he has spent part of each year since the late 1970s. Select examples of Estes’ rare portraits will also be included in the exhibition. This five-decade survey of his paintings reveals an artistic vision that is both deeply rooted in European and American art history, and consistently engaged with fundamental and contemporary questions of representation, form, and surface.


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Richard Estes’ Realism is organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The museums thank the following donors for their generous support of the exhibition: Gabrielle Bekink and the Honorable Rudolf Bekink, Isabelle and Scott Black, Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, Thelma and Melvin Lenkin, The Lunder Foundation —Peter and Paula Lunder, Debbie Frank Petersen, Walter and Lucille Rubin Foundation, Holly and Nick Ruffin, and John Wilmerding. Local corporate sponsorship is provided by Bank of America. Local media sponsorship is provided by WCSH 6, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Andrea Sulzer: throughoutsideways
April 26, 2014 - August 24, 2014

Part of the PMA’s Circa series of exhibitions showcasing contemporary art, this monographic exhibition will feature newly created work by the Brunswick-based artist Andrea Sulzer. After an early career working in plant sciences and botanical illustration, Sulzer has earned critical acclaim for a body of drawings and prints that investigate the material and conceptual concerns of graphic art. This exhibition will present a diverse range of Sulzer’s recent creations, including large, colored pencil drawings that plumb the relationship between the material marks and paper support, and representation and abstraction, as well as woodblock prints that create complex surface topographies through multiple layers of ink. Sulzer’s innovations continue with works that push the boundaries of two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional, sculptural forms.


Circa is a series of exhibitions featuring the work of living artists from Maine and beyond. Generously supported by S. Donald Sussman. Corporate sponsorship is provided by The VIA Agency, and media sponsorship is provided by The Portland Phoenix.



Home page image credit: Andrea Sulzer (United States, 1961), “beneath your wandering feet,” 2014, oil-based (printer’s ink), watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on tracing paper with pins and thread. Courtesy of the artist. ©the artist. Photo by Luc Demers.

Andrea Sulzer (United States, born 1961), green island (detail), oil-based ink (printer’s ink) on gampi paper, 12 1/4 x 8 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist. ©the artist.

George Daniell: Picturing Monhegan Island
March 1, 2014 - August 3, 2014

This spring, the PMA will showcase an intimate selection of photographs and drawings that George Daniell (United States, 1911-2002) created on Monhegan Island during the summer of 1936, at the advent of his artistic career. In search of adventure and escape from a sweltering August in New York City, Daniell sojourned to Maine, where he spent the month fervently documenting the island that captured his heart and imagination. Drawn from the PMA’s permanent collection, the featured works show the young artist honing his eye for composition and tonal value while depicting Monhegan’s distinctive topography and character with its shingled cottages, hardy people, and wistful afternoons.


Corporate sponsorship is provided by Bath Savings Institution.

George Daniell (United States, 1911-2002), Untitled, 1936, gelatin silver print, 13 7/8 x 11 15/16 inches. Gift of George Daniell and the Aucocisco Gallery, 2001.6.27.