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Edgar Allen Beem

Biography:

Take a look at art in New England with Edgar Allen Beem. He’s been art critic for the Portland Independent, art critic and feature writer for Maine Times, and now is a freelance writer for Yankee, Down East, Boston Globe Magazine, The Forecaster, and Photo District News. He’s the author of Maine Art Now (1990) and Maine: The Spirit of America (2000). In 1988, he won the Manufacturers Hanover Art/World Award for Distinguished Newspaper Art Criticism for his coverage of the 1987 auction sale of Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises. Ed says, “My credo as an arts writer has long been: ‘The work of art is the search for meaning.’ I believe art is not only a form of personal expression but also a form of inquiry, every bit as much a quest for truth as scientific research.” Ed Beem’s newest book, Backyard Maine: Local Essays, has just been published by Tilbury House, Publishers, of Gardiner, Maine. It’s not about the meaning of art; it’s about the meaning of family, community, and life in general. Edgar Beem is currently at work on a new book about contemporary art in Maine to be published in the fall of 2012.

The Last Blog Post | Just Looking Signs Off

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This will be the final posting of Just Looking, the New England art blog I have been writing... Read More »

Nature Illustrations | You Can’t Beat the Beauty of the Natural World

Nature Illustrations | You Can’t Beat the Beauty of the Natural World

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As much as I love art, it is rarely possible for an artist to improve upon the beauty... Read More »

A George Nick Tribute in Duxbury

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Twenty-one years ago, back in March of 1991, I wrote a short profile of Boston painter George Nick... Read More »

Art and Artists of New England Islands | Drawn to Islands

Art and Artists of New England Islands | Drawn to Islands

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“The whole coast along here is iron bound– threatening crags, and dark caverns in which the sea thunders,”... Read More »

University Maine Museum of Art’s I-95 Triennial

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Though I don’t get to the University of Maine Museum of Art, two hours north of me in... Read More »

DeCordova’s Boston Biennial

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   Back in 1987, the then-DeCordova and Dana Museum and Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts, mounted New England Now:... Read More »

David Brooks Stess Blueberries for All

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A few years ago, I wrote a short profile of photographer David Brooks Stess for the pages of... Read More »

Colby College Museum of Art previews new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion

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At a press luncheon on Monday, Marsh 25, the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine previewed... Read More »

Of Porcelain, Postcards, Posters and Princes

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The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is something of a misnomer as New England’s premier all-purpose art museum... Read More »

Mural, Mural on the Wall

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In Rhode Island, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, that rarest of all political animals, a liberal Republican turned Independent, has... Read More »

David Becker and Prints at Bowdoin

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My youngest daughter is currently taking a printmaking class at Bowdoin College, in the course of which she... Read More »

Denatured Animals at Brown

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   The Simen Johan exhibition, “Until the Kingdom Comes,” at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University... Read More »

Maine Labor History Mural Restored

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On Monday, January 14, the Maine State Museum and Maine Department of Labor held a surprise news conference... Read More »

Lois Dodd, Maine Woman Pioneer

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Lois Dodd, one of America’s finest painters, is having her first museum career retrospective at 85. A case... Read More »

An Old Friend for the Holidays

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Before there was a young, hip Portland art scene, there was an older, darker Portland scene. Mr. Rossolowsky belongs to... Read More »

Joel Babb Beyond Nature and Culture

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   In the best of all possible world’s, every artist of significance would have their work collected and... Read More »

Boston ICA Celebrates the Excess of the 1980s

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   When I think of the 1980s, I think of an era of excess, indulgence and phoniness. When... Read More »

American Landscape Photography at RISD

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The Museum of Art Rhode Island School in Providence is currently (through January 13, 2013) featuring a tremendous survey... Read More »

Alan Bray’s Maine Magic

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   As we were driving up the coast and then inland to Bangor last week to see some... Read More »

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial UPDATE

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   The first Maine biennial exhibition I ever attended was held at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art... Read More »

Portland’s Year of Winslow Homer

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Some Western art history books do not mention an American artist until Winslow Homer. A case can be... Read More »

Ahmed Alsoudani at war with himself in Hartford

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   Ahmed Alsoudani is fortunate to have been born in Baghdad, Iraq. Had he been born in South... Read More »

Minimal Ferry Meets Maximal Foley

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In the interest of full disclosure, Portland gallerist Andres Verzosa is a close friend and my partner in a forthcoming... Read More »

Oh, Canada, Their New and Native Art

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Oh, Canada (not to be confused with the Canadian national anthem O Canada) is a survey of contemporary... Read More »

Hugh J. Gourley, III (1931-2012)

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Hugh J. Gourley, III, director of the Colby College Museum of Art from 1966 until 2002, passed away... Read More »

Eric Aho Breaks Down the New England Landscape

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Eric Aho gets around. Born and educated in Massachusetts, raised in New Hampshire, he lives in Vermont, summers... Read More »

William Wegman’s Weimaraners Go to Bowdoin

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   On Friday, July 13, I am planning to attend a press preview of the William Wegman retrospective... Read More »



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