The Shape of the Problem

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What is the Shape of This Problem? (detail), 1999 Lithography, Text: Letter Press, Series Of Nine Images & Nine Text Panels 12 X 17" Each, Edition Of 25, 8 Ap © Courtesy of Galerie Lelong
The Shape of the Problem

417 N.W. 9th Avenue
97209 Portland
August 4th, 2011 - August 27th, 2011
Opening: August 4th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

United States
Tue-Sat 10:30-5:30 and by appointment.


The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is thrilled to present our 30th Anniversary Exhibition. Launched in 1981, the gallery has focused on presenting prominent Northwest and internationally established artists working in a wide variety of contemporary media, bolstering a dynamic dialogue between the local community and the global art  world. The Shape of the Problem aims to examine these relationships, as well as issues that have faced  artists throughout the decades, from exploration of self-expression, to formal concerns, questions about identity,  optimism, accumulation, exuberance, and deconstruction. This exhibition seeks connections between the past and the present. What do the artists of the 1950s and 60s have in common with the artists of today. What endures? What is the shape of this problem?

The Shape of the Problem will include nearly 70 artists who have exhibited at the gallery over the last three decades, and will feature three components, celebrating the past, present, and future of the gallery, the Portland art community, and their relationship to the art world at large. 

Opening August 4, with a First Thursday reception from 6 - 9 pm, the Elizabeth Leach Gallery will host a group  exhibition highlighting prominent historical artists of the last century. Featuring work by Henri Matisse, important abstract expressionists Helen Frankenthaler and Hans Hofmann, as well as crucial conceptual artists Sol Lewitt and Fred Sandback, this portion of the exhibition illustrates the gallery’s three decade-long focus on relationships between historical and contemporary art. Emerging artists, such as Sarah Cain and Joseph Park, will have work on view alongside longtime gallery artists Stephen Hayes, Judy Cooke, Christopher Rauschenberg, Malia Jensen, and many others.