Four art mavens show their personal tastes


‘LOBSTER’ By Ted Davis, from the collection of John M. Day.  

Combine the flush of technology with several generations’ output of cultural objects, and it’s only a matter of time before having things would be considered an art of its own. That’s the focus of a curious and oddly lovely show at the Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery titled “The Art of Collecting,” which sidesteps traditional themes and, notably, the original contexts of the works shown in favor of highlighting the personal collections of four significant figures from the last generation of Maine art: Bruce Brown, John Day, Juris Ubans, and the late Carlene Ray Goldman.

This show wouldn’t exist if these people didn’t have well-refined and studious tastes, and if you’re the sort who considers the question of whether you’d hang a painting on your wall to be a good

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