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Monday, June 16, 2008

Whiting Tennis Wins the Prize

posted by on June 16 at 9:35 AM

Saturday night in Portland, Whiting Tennis was given the first $10,000 Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the first Northwest Contemporary Art Awards competition and exhibition. (Portland Art Museum organized the awards, and intends to do them every two years.)

The show is a knockout. New work by every artist. Well worth the drive. A podcast with the five artistsóTennis, Dan Attoe, Cat Clifford, Jeffry Mitchell, and Marie Wattówill go up later this week, and later today, I’ll post more.

But for now, here’s a detail of an enormous new Tennis painting (6 by 14 feet) in the show, called Bitter Lake Compound. It’s based on a dilapidated backyard the artist came across.


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nothing is worth "the drive" anymore.

maybe hot sex. but art?

its worth The Train Ride.

Posted by max solomon | June 16, 2008 10:03 AM

Wrong, Solomon. I thought that too until I checked it out. Two round-trip Amtrak tickets from Seattle to Portland will run you substantially more than $100. Compare that to a $40 tank of gas and the reality that driving is an hour faster each way, and it's a no-brainer.

Posted by Superfurry Animal | June 16, 2008 11:34 AM

Always appreciated Tennis' art since first seeing some paintings in the late nineties at a Pioneer Square gallery. Nice to see good work rewarded.

Posted by Tom | June 16, 2008 8:06 PM

I met Tennis at the CNWAA reception. He's a very tall guy! So humble and deserving too. His 2008 piece, the large backyard one is personally my favorite in the show. Although Watt's large dual-installation is terrific too! Drive it!

Posted by Stephan | June 16, 2008 9:27 PM

Yes, he IS very tall, very humble, talented and deserving.

AND he used to have a band called "Big Tube Squeezer"! And they were awesome!!! (Dear God, am I the only person who remembers Big Tube Squeezer? gulp...)

Posted by merry | June 17, 2008 5:08 PM

For those of you who were at the reception, Whiting told me he actually meant to say a few words but wasn't motioned to do so. He didn't mean to just duck back into the crowd. (Apparently he was asked about this by a reporter.)

Posted by dvnms | June 19, 2008 7:58 AM

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