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Defining Sex

Two shows confront masculine and queer identity.

Visual Arts
There are as many masculinities as there are men, and as many queernesses as there are queers—but that hasn’t stopped two local curators from trying to pin down the essences of gender and ...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

The End of the Affair

The Affair at the Jupiter says goodbye...for now.

Visual Arts
On the heels of last week’s announcement that the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel art fair has been indefinitely canceled, the Jupiter Hotel co-owners Kelsey Bunker and Tod Breslau report that they ...   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Westward ho!

Two photographers find gold—and brothels—in them thar hills.

Visual Arts
Leave it to the Europeans to find the essence of the American West. The Italians, with their spaghetti westerns, left us whistling Morricone long after Autry and Rogers rode into the sunset, and now, ...   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Reaching for the APEX

Jenene Nagy dons myriad artistic hats—and wears them well.

Visual Arts
People who wear a lot of hats tend to have big heads. Not so with artist-curator-gallery owner Jenene Nagy, who has made a name for herself through a refreshingly earnest mix of thoughtfully deployed ...   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Hap Tivey and Gregg Renfrow at Elizabeth Leach

Can SoCal Light and Space cure the Portland winter blues?

Visual Arts
If you’re prone to SAD (and who among us doesn’t get a little seasonally affected during a soggy Portland January?), then run, don’t walk, to Elizabeth Leach’s dream-team doubl ...   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Portland Art Center, R.I.P.

The Portland Art Center closes—who is to blame?

Visual Arts
You know what they say about things that seem too good to be true. When I first walked into Portland Art Center’s gargantuan 10,000-square-foot space in the Goldsmith Building 2 1/2 years ago, I ...   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Alicia J. Rose at Grass Hut

Alicia J. Rose charges into the woods in her genderfucked Fairytales.

Visual Arts
In 1812, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published what has become the world’s best-known collection of adapted European and Middle Eastern fairy tales. Three of these tales—Snow White and the Sev ...   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Mark Rupert at Quality Pictures

Photographer Mark Rupert explores the midpoint between city and nature.

Visual Arts
Weird, intriguing creatures dwell in the estuary, the neither-here-nor-there zone where rivers flow into the sea, freshwater mingles with salt, and alligators swim side-by-side with sharks. Wherever t ...   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Best of 2007

Raves and raptures from the year that was.

Visual Arts
In a year when the national media couldn’t get enough of Portland’s creative-class utopia, local visual arts venues experienced a dearth of challenging group shows and a wave of staggering ...   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Welcome to Miami: Art Basel Miami Beach

Richard Speer reports (and cavorts) at Miami’s biggest art weekend.

Visual Arts
You may as well have called Miami, Fla.,“Portland South” last week, as dozens upon dozens of Stumptown artists, gallery owners, curators, collectors and other sundry denizens descended on ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 RICHARD SPEER
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