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Walking like an Egyptian

Portland Art Museum showcases ancient Egyptian treasures.

Visual Arts
Twenty bucks is a lot to shell out to see an art show, but The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt is worth every penny. The touring mega-exhibition, now at Portland Art Museum, offers a ...   More
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Radiance Amid the Rain

A bright month in visual arts belies the dismal weather.

Visual Arts
Dreary weather notwithstanding, November has proved a radiant month in the local gallery scene. At PDX, Nancy Lorenz flexes her compositional and material muscles in showstoppers like Night Sky I and ...   More
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Critiquing The Uncritiquable

Two local art shows leave Richard Speer (gasp) at a loss for words.

Visual Arts
Sometimes art is uncriticizable even by a critic. This month at Pulliam Deffenbaugh, Baba Wagué Diakité offers folk-art ceramic sculptures that depict animals and spirit icongraphy from ...   More
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Fluorescent Fabulosity

Viktor Popovic illuminates the Portland Art Center.

Visual Arts
The Portland Art Center needed a showstopper to make up for last month's Catacombs, a labyrinth of low-grade performance art that would have undershot expectations even if a high-school drama troupe h ...   More
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Demons, Silks & Polar Bears

A jaunt through October's art highlights.

Visual Arts
Eighty-eight-year-old Jack McLarty has had a distinguished career, with an exhibition history stretching back to the 1940s and artworks housed in collections such as the Smithsonian Institution's. His ...   More
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Stumbling onto Beauty

Brad Adkins finds art in balloons—or are they sphincters?

Visual Arts
As Andy Warhol proved, banality does not equal boredom. Depictions of commonplace mass-produced objects like soup cans or Brillo pads needn't stultify the viewer, so long as there's flair in the execu ...   More
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Disjecta Rising

With Haunted, Disjecta pulls off its best show to date.

Visual Arts
There were Hollywood-style searchlights outside the Templeton Building on the opening night of Disjecta's Haunted, as if announcing that "Something Big" was going on inside. And it was. The most engag ...   More
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

A Fine Affair

AFFAIR @ The Jupiter Hotel provides some stellar room service.

Visual Arts
The third time was a charm for the annual AFFAIR @ the Jupiter Hotel (Sept. 29-Oct. 1), Portland's premier contemporary-art fair. Operating like a well-oiled machine, the AFFAIR filled more than 30 ro ...   More
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

The Oakland Invasion

Bay Area artists are kicking ass in Old Town.

Visual Arts
Seems lately that the best artists showing in Portland are from Oakland, Calif. Omar Chacon, whose vibrant, incendiary paintings this June at Motel practically set the Old Town gallery on fire, is a f ...   More
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

Too Cool For School

Sean Healy takes us back to high school—and leaves us stranded.

Visual Arts
Sean Healy tackles the ever-scary, still scarring phenomenon of high school in his show Supernormal at Elizabeth Leach. John Hughes had his way with high school, American Pie screwed it to the stickin ...   More
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 RICHARD SPEER

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