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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: December 12, 2016

Before its five-week hiatus, head to the Portland Museum of Art

Written by: Bob Keyes
Rockwell Kent illustration from the 1930 limited edition of "Moby-Dick," from "Of Whales in Paint." Photo courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art

Rockwell Kent illustration from the 1930 limited edition of “Moby-Dick,” from “Of Whales in Paint.”
Photo courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art

A little more than two weeks remain before the Portland Museum of Art closes for five weeks. “Of Whales in Paint” explores Rockwell Kent’s long fascination with the Herman Melville novel “Moby-Dick.” He illustrated a limited-edition book in 1930. This exhibition features Kent’s illustrations from the book, as well as art from other artists who have turned to Melville’s brooding novel as a source for inspiration. Also on view are the art books of Henri Matisse, a collection of a dozen books Matisse illustrated beginning in the 1930s.

The museum closes Dec. 31 and reopens Feb. 3. It’s the second time in two years that the museum has closed in January for renovations and for a museum-wide reinstallation of art.

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