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Hoffman Gallery exhibition earns praise in Portland community

February 12, 2010

  • Donald Fels and his collaborators, Appetite, 2005. Oil enamel on aluminum, 8 × 12 feet. Courtesy of the artists and Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Washington

The Oregonian’s review of the spring exhibition at the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art praises the “gorgeous and curious paintings on display.”

What is a Trade? Donald Fels and Signboard Painters of South India exhibits 16 large-scale paintings that explore trade and globalization in India. The collection stems from Fels’ 2004 trip to Kerala, India. Fels worked with local commercial signboard painters, creating work in the style of traditional hand-painted billboards and Bollywood advertising. The bright colors and strong graphic narratives make visually arresting statements about the historic and contemporary effects of trade and globalization.

Director of the Hoffman Gallery Linda Tesner recently discussed the exhibition on KBOO’s Art Focus.

Learn more about What is a Trade? at the Hoffman Gallery site. The exhibition is on display through March 14.


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