The Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum’s annual, “Artists of Oregon, Painting and Sculpture,” 1962, was not so much an art show as it was a summation of the creative deterioration that has devastated this State.

The exhibition ended March 25. It is gone; but we must not forget it. There is house cleaning to be done and a general re-evaluation should be forthcoming. And this should be done before time rolls ’round for another gathering together of Oregon arts.

There are three words that describe this ’62 show: Redundant, Anemic, and Precocious . . . probably the weakest art exhibition Oregon has ever shown. The situation comes as no real surprise to the detached, yet vitally interested, observer . . . danger signs have been in evidence for a number of years; selections and special mentions seem to have been more politically inspired than creatively earned.

Oregon artists and administrators have been patting

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