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Tattoo art graduates from bohemia to the blue-hairs.

Visual Arts
That tattooing has moved into the mainstream is hardly news, nor is the fact that tattoo artists can enjoy concurrent careers as fine artists (local inkers Dan Gilsdorf and Peter Archer spring to mind ...   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

The Shock of the New Butters Gallery

Butters introduces four new artists to its roster.

Visual Arts
With scores of local art spaces closing (Quality Pictures), cutting back (Pulliam) and going freelance (Woolley), it’s rare to see a gallery welcome new artists into its stable. But with New Dis ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Equivocation (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

Shakespeare in trouble.

Visual Arts
Oregon Shakespeare Festival accountants, rejoice: In his world-premiere production of Bill Cain’s magnificent Equivocation, artistic director Bill Rauch has found a work that pleases both OSF&rs ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Lesbian Art Show At Fontanelle

Two artists put up a mirror to sapphic identity.

Visual Arts
To title an exhibition Lesbian Art Show requires either temerity or naiveté. Azsa West and Mary McAllister, the lesbian couple behind this collaborative effort, have plenty of both. To mount a ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Jason Low Moon

Checkmate; bang-bang.

Visual Arts
It’s hard to think of a modern cartoonist with a more recognizable drawing style than Norway’s Jason. From his signature anthropomorphized characters—generally gaunt, straight-faced ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 CASEY JARMAN

Mary Henry & Ellen George PDX Contemporary

A one-two punch of transcendental abstraction and elegant sculpture.

Visual Arts
In four years, painter Mary Henry will be 100. The California native, who now lives on Whidbey Island, Wash., only recently stopped making art as a concession to her age, but her work on display at PD ...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Frost/Nixon (Portland Center Stage)

A power-hungry, white-guy cage match.

Visual Arts
If you count yourself among the many disappointed by Ron Howard’s Best Picture-nominated film, hear this: Peter Morgan’s 2006 stage play about British playboy and talk show host Peter Fros ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Michelle Goldberg The Means of Reproduction

Visual Arts
After extensive research, writer and journalism professor Michelle Goldberg has come to a big conclusion: The world’s most pressing problems can only be solved when women are finally given the f ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Megan Brescini

Mark Woolley Gallery Says Goodbye

The longtime outsider gallery calls it quits.

Visual Arts
After 15 years in business, the Mark Woolley Gallery will close May 30, becoming the third major PDX gallery to close this year. Woolley says the closure is only partly due to the recession, and that ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Matt King Fourteen30 Contemporary

Sizing up contemporary life.

Visual Arts
What’s your IQ? How much money did you make last year? What’s your waist size, your bra cup, your dick length? Richmond, Va.-based artist Matt King wants to know. And while we’re at ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

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