Self-Portrait in Green Window, 1971; oil on linen, 53 1/2 x 36 inches; Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Museum purchase with support from the Contemporary Art Fund, in memory of Bernice McIlhenny Wintersteen.

"Lois Dodd: Catching the Light,” on view at the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, is a disarming show.1 The seemingly modest, straightforward paintings in this thoughtful survey (organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri and largely chosen by the artist herself) draw us to them initially because of their comforting sense of...


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