Two Days of Art in Portland, ME

A Review of 'A New American Sculpture: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach'

When a friend suggested at the conclusion of a trip that I join her and two other art collectors touring Maine museums I thought first of lobsters, and said yes to two days in Portland. I sincerely did enjoy the art – and the lobsters.  Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman and Zorach is the main exhibition at the four-story Portland Museum, and it was worth the one-hour flight to see the work of the four sculptors, immigrants who became decades long friends. The photos tell their story. What I did miss were Zorach’s bronze animals. This show was about human forms, moving through space, dancing, and loving.

Dorthea & Leo Rabkin Foundation 

At the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation ( its Executive Director Susan Larsen showed us work by Leo that probably has never been exhibited before, prescient forms that predated a good deal of contemporary sculpture. This little-known foundation has produced a major coup in the art world by initiating a new grant program for visual art journalists, writers who don’t get a lot of publicity but who serve an important role in the arts. Grants of $50,000 each went to eight writers: Phong Bui, Charles Desmarais, Bob Keyes, Jason Farago, Jeff Huebner, Carolina Miranda, Christina Rees, and Chris Vitiello.

On View at the Maine College of Art: 

The last stop was to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art for a painting exhibition of both abstract and figurative works by artists from around the nation. And then we each independently revisited the Portland Museum – the exhibition was that good. I think I’d like to return to Portland very soon.