Archives for the month of: December, 2013

Ring Out, Wild Bells

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

—Alfred Lord Tennyson

Pensive Moods

The end of the year often seems to summon pensive moods and thoughts which are both reflective on the year that has passed and prospective on the new year to come. “Seated Woman”—a beautiful figure by poet, painter and sculptor Nicolas Africano from the permanent collection of The Portland Art Museum—seems to perfectly personify these contemplative emotions.

Art For Art’s Sake [No. 3]

Art For Art’s Sake [No. 3]
Location: SE Water Avenue near the Eastbank Esplanade, Southeast Waterfront

See also:
Art For Art’s Sake [No. 1], December 5, 2013
Art For Art’s Sake [No. 1], December 11, 2013

Under Construction

The Portland–Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge is the working name for a bridge under construction across Portland’s Willamette River. Although it is being built as part of the MAX Orange Line light rail project, the bridge will carry MAX Light Rail, the Portland Streetcar, buses, bicycles, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles. Private cars and trucks will not be permitted on the bridge. The crossing is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015 and will be the first new bridge built across the Willamette River since 1973. A permanent name for the bridge has not yet been chosen, but a process for selecting a name has been announced, with the public invited to suggest names. The schedule calls for a final name to be chosen in spring 2014. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Portland Brings Home The Bacon

Not New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, or The Guggenheim. Not San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art or DeYoung. Not LACMA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, or The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The museum proudly exhibiting “Three Studies of Lucian Freud”, the 1969 figurative masterpiece by Francis Bacon, is our very own Portland Art Museum. The large, expressive triptych is recently famous for being the most expensive piece of artwork ever sold at auction: Just last month, on November 12, 2013 at Christie’s in New York, an anonymous collector paid $142.4 million for the three-panel series of figurative studies depicting the artist’s great friend and fellow artist, Lucian Freud (the grandson of Sigmund Freud).

A bit of backstory from the Portland Art Museum website: “Bacon and the younger Freud were introduced to each other by painter Graham Sutherland in 1945, and would become close friends and regular companions in post-war London. As they shared each other’s emotional trials and tribulations, their friendship provided a challenging aesthetic sounding board for their painterly exploration of figural expressionism. They painted each other on numerous occasions; Bacon realized more than a dozen different portraits of Freud during his lifetime. ”Three Studies of Lucian Freud” is considered a triumphal emotional and painterly summation of their friendship at its apex. Audaciously setting his portrait against a vibrant yellow ground, Bacon frames his friend and rival inside a crystalline space frame that defines an emotional as well as architectural space. Shifting viewpoints from left side to face to right side across the three panels, the artist renders his subject as a tightly coiled mass of energy, ready to spring from the caned bentwood chair positioned in front of a brass bedstead. The expressive, volatile brushwork that delineates the hands and face acts as a brilliant foil to the smooth rendering of the highly abstracted objects and space.”

This is the fourth installment in the Portland Art Museum’s ongoing series entitled MASTERWORKS | Portland, and will be on display for three months before it makes its way to the mysterious owner’s private collection. Thank you to the always innovative Portland Art Museum and chief curator Bruce Guenther for providing our great city with the opportunity to view this impressive and important work of art.

Industrial Abstract #6

Industrial Abstract #6
Location: Southwest Industrial District

See also:
Industrial Abstract #1 (November 10, 2013)
Industrial Abstract #2 (November 15, 2013)
Industrial Abstract #3 (November 21, 2013)
Industrial Abstract #4 (December 2, 2013)
Industrial Abstract #5 (December 9, 2013)

The 12 Days Of Christmas: Day 12/Merry Christmas!

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 12/Merry Christmas!

It’s here! Merry Christmas to all, and lots of holiday cheer to the followers and viewers of pdx|cept! Wishing you all much joy and a very Happy New Year!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 6
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 7
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 8
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 9
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 10
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 11/Christmas Eve!

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 11/Christmas Eve!

The classic Portland Oregon sign at the base of the Burnside Bridge, transformed for the holidays with Rudolph leading the way!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 6
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 7
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 8
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 9
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas! Favorite ornaments and decorations, Portland streets scenes all aglow with sparkling holiday lights, and an appearance or two by Santa himself. Cheers to all this holiday season!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 6
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 7
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 8
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas! Favorite ornaments and decorations, Portland streets scenes all aglow with sparkling holiday lights, and an appearance or two by Santa himself. Cheers to all this holiday season!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 6
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 7
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 8

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 8

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 8

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas! Favorite ornaments and decorations, Portland streets scenes all aglow with sparkling holiday lights, and an appearance or two by Santa himself. Cheers to all this holiday season!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 6
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 7

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 7

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 7

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas! Favorite ornaments and decorations, Portland streets scenes all aglow with sparkling holiday lights, and an appearance or two by Santa himself. Cheers to all this holiday season!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 6

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 6

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 6

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas! Favorite ornaments and decorations, Portland streets scenes all aglow with sparkling holiday lights, and an appearance or two by Santa himself. Cheers to all this holiday season!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 5

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas! Favorite ornaments and decorations, Portland streets scenes all aglow with sparkling holiday lights, and an appearance or two by Santa himself. Cheers to all this holiday season!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 4

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas! Favorite ornaments and decorations, Portland streets scenes all aglow with sparkling holiday lights, and an appearance or two by Santa himself. Cheers to all this holiday season!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas! Favorite ornaments and decorations, Portland streets scenes all aglow with sparkling holiday lights, and an appearance or two by Santa himself. Cheers to all this holiday season!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas! Favorite ornaments and decorations, Portland streets scenes all aglow with sparkling holiday lights, and an appearance or two by Santa himself. Cheers to all this holiday season!

See also:
The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1

The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 1

Brown paper packages tied up with strings; Star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright; City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style; Jack Frost nipping at your nose; You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why; In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas!

Welcome to the pdx|cept 12 Days of Christmas: Favorite ornaments and decorations, Portland streets scenes all aglow with sparkling holiday lights, and an appearance or two by Santa himself. Cheers to all this holiday season!

Paris In Portland: Aristide Maillol

The Jardin du Carrousel in Paris—part of the Jardin des Tuileries, the vast and beautiful series of gardens that stretch out between the Musée du Louvre and the Place de la Concorde—showcases a collection of twenty-one statues by French sculptor, painter and printmaker Aristide Maillol. We are fortunate to have our own bit of Paris in Portland with two Maillol sculptures situated along the Southwest Park Street entrance to the Portland Art Museum: On the left is Maillol’s 1943 La Rivière (The River), and on the right is his 1937 La Montagne (The Mountain), pictured above.

The ‘Paris In Portland’ theme continues with the exciting announcement of an upcoming exhibit at the Portland Art Museum: Opening in June, 2014, the museum will feature The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, which will “explore the art, design, and evolution of Paris’ beloved Tuileries Garden, featuring more than 100 works by artists including Cartier-Bresson, Pissarro, Hassam, and Maillol”.

See also:
Paris In Portland: Saint Joan of Laurelhurst (November 1, 2013)

The Edgefield Water Tower

Dating back to the 1930s, the old water tower at McMenamins Edgefield was originally constructed to supply a gravity-powered sprinkler system throughout the Main Lodge. Although the tower is now empty, it currently serves a different purpose: To support hop vines that grow during the summer and which are used in the many craft brews produced by McMenamins.