Rothko at PAM.

RothkoSo after becoming a fan at Art School and a further fifteen years of hanging his [IKEA] prints at home I was suitably excited heading into Portland Art Museum to see Rothkos’ work up close and personal.

And it was worth the trip, just the sheer scale of his work adds so much presence. Those A3 framed prints just don’t cut-it anymore.

The exhibition runs for another month, until May 27th, and with ~30 pieces covering his entire career timeline it’s a relevant collection.

Running in parallel at the Museum the John Frame exhibition was an unexpected bonus.  Clearly influenced by Jan Švankmajer, the Brothers Quay, and any number of other 20th century East European animators, John Frames models are hauntingly beautiful and his animation expertly novice.  Yup, that sounded pretentious – but it’s true.  Take a look for yourself here, or at the Museum if you get the opportunity.

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