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Gate Closing

Why is Jennifer Gately leaving the Portland Art Museum?

Visual Arts
On Sept. 16, Jennifer Gately, the Portland Art Museum’s curator for Northwest art, announced she was resigning after only two years and nine months on the job. An outpouring of disappointment fr ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Bruce Conkle at Rocksbox

Visual Arts
Bruce Conkle has been in all kinds of group shows around town, and solo shows as far away as New York City and Iceland, but this is his first local solo show since 2004. As Portland’s preeminent ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Volume at Worksound

Portland artists explore space in curator-about-town Jeff Jahn’s latest show.

Visual Arts
Volume feels different—more cavernous and self-directed, less tour-guidey—than most Jeff Jahn-curated shows. Perhaps that’s because the show’s theme is space and the way Portla ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

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

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