Wall Street Journal: Museum of Art Portrait Exhibition a ‘Valuable Learning Experience’

Marsden Hartley (1877–1943), "One Portrait of One Woman," 1916, oil on composition board. Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, bequest of Hudson D. Walker from the Ione and Hudson

Marsden Hartley (1877–1943), “One Portrait of One Woman,” 1916, oil on composition board.
Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, Minnesota, bequest of Hudson D. Walker from the Ione and Hudson.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today comprising more than sixty abstract, symbolic, and conceptual portraits is a “valuable learning experience,” according to a review in The Wall Street Journal.

Reviewer Judith H. Dobrzynski writes, “Bowdoin deserves credit for being the first museum to focus solely on the evolution of these works in the U.S., especially in a populist era in which museums are aiming for large attendance rather than large ideas.” Read the review.

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