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Ed Ruscha at the Portland Art Museum

An edgy elegy to youth from a pop art original.


Visual Arts
At 70, Ed Ruscha is a California classic still going strong, as his exhibition at the Portland Art Museum proves. In a small gallery on the fourth floor of the Mark Building, the exhibition addresses ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 Richard Speerv

History Versus Nostalgia

Two shows offer differing takes on the swingin’ ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.


Visual Arts
Our endless fascination with celebrity and nostalgia takes center stage in two very different shows this month. First, at Augen’s DeSoto location, Bande à part: New York Underground time- ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Something To Believe In

With Immaterialized, Disjecta scores a direct hit.


Visual Arts
At the end of the Revolutionary War, when Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, it’s said that the Redcoats pulled out their fifes and cornets and played a song called &l ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

From Seattle, with Gusto

Kinga Czerska and John Dempcy show Portlanders how it’s done.


Visual Arts
Kinga Czerska’s acrylic paintings look flat in reproduction. But in person they’re surprisingly present, owing to the knifepoint precision of their contours. The pieces, shown this month a ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

A Summer Serenade

At New American Art Union, Jacqueline Ehlis shines in one of the year’s best shows.


Visual Arts
It takes a certain worldliness to be droll and dead serious at the same time. Jacqueline Ehlis’ Serenade at New American Art Union excels at such cosmopolitan paradoxes, mixing minimalist and po ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Heart Of Glass

Henry Hillman Jr. explores Relationships—in art and life.


Visual Arts
Henry Hillman Jr.’s show, Relationships, at Elizabeth Leach is aptly titled, because so many of the artist’s glass sculptures are made up of two or more components, placed in precise relat ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Lowbrow Writ Large

The Contemporary Northwest Art Awards capture the zeitgeist—too well.


Visual Arts
The highbrow Portland Art Museum has gone lowbrow in its Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, which replaced the museum’s Oregon Biennial this year. For what it is and how it does it, CNAA is a su ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Divine Phantasmagoria

Tilt’s group show is simply...Divine.


Visual Arts
A wild collision between minimalism and maximalism, Tilt’s third annual juried exhibition, Divine, is one of the strongest group shows so far this year. In the past, guest curators such as artis ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

The Aftermath of Experience

Multimedia virtuoso TJ Norris conjures 1980s Manhattan, even as he embalms it.


Visual Arts
In his installation, INFINITUS, at New American Art Union, multimedia artist TJ Norris has pulled off an elegant, thought-provoking show in his hallmark aesthetic of clinical-yet-invigorating minimali ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

(Im)material World

Two artists break on through— the fourth wall.


Visual Arts
“Nature is a haunted house,” wrote Emily Dickinson, “but art is a house that tries to be haunted.” Art, then, can only approximate nature, showing us an alternate reality, a mo ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 RICHARD SPEER
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