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Miami Art, Miami Vice

Portland art stars take the beach.

Visual Arts
There's nothing like a jaunt to Miami to revivify sun-starved Stumptowners. Happily, the third annual Art Basel Miami Beach (Dec. 2-5) afforded a cadre of Portland's art trendsetters the opportunity t ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

Going for Gold

Nancy Azara conjures a gilded world.

Visual Arts
In some respects, what you look for in art is the same thing you look for in a good massage. You don't go for a massage in the mindset that some white-robed clinician is going to dispassionately manip ...   More
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

An AFFAIR to Remember

Stuart Horodner reinvents the concept of hotel art.

Visual Arts
Wonderfully executed if poorly publicized by former PICA visual arts curator Stuart Horodner, AFFAIR at the Jupiter Hotel brought Portland's art scenesters out of the woodwork last Friday night and di ...   More
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

Something from Nothing

Painter Lauren Mantecón tours the void--and finds its silver lining.

Visual Arts
Lauren Mantecón is in her studio, sipping rum and talking very intensely about the things she likes to talk about--art, gender, feminism, beauty--when, at the end of a phrase, as if to punctuat ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

The Mark of the Arrow

An enigmatic street artist makes his statements from...above.

Visual Arts
A few weeks ago, Portland quietly acquired its very own Zorro: a self-proclaimed "street activist" who revels in anonymity and leaves a telltale mark. In this case, it's not a slashed "Z," but a brigh ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Mary Ann Albright

Snore Ample

A new catalog chronicles one of the most important art extravaganzas ever to anesthetize Portland.

Visual Arts
In case you slept through it, Core Sample was an art happening last October that packed two dozen exhibitions, featuring work by 140 regional artists, into a 10-day festival. Oregonian architecture cr ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

The Doyenne's New Digs

Elizabeth Leach takes a small step across Burnside and a giant leap into the Pearl's future.

Visual Arts
When Elizabeth Leach talks, people listen. But when she walks--with her entire operation across Burnside and into the Pearl--people really listen. After 23 years as the reigning queen of Portland's "b ...   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday Impressions

Stephanie Snyder injects some spunk into Reed College.

Visual Arts
Stephanie Snyder's ambitions are big. When she took over as director of Reed College's Cooley Gallery in April 2003, she set her sights on nothing short of an infusion of pizzazz. For Snyder, taking R ...   More
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

First Thursday Impressions

Angels' wings, Phishhead roosters and naked-woman toothbrushes in the Pearl.

Visual Arts
Beware if you have a sensitive gag reflex: Lisa Elorriaga Czysz's cloying paintings of angels and fairies at Alysia Duckler skirt dangerously close to Lawrence Gallery-level hokum, especially the gian ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

Thursday Interview

Hyperkinetic painter James Boulton kicks out the jams.

Visual Arts
James Boulton won't stand still. I meet him at his studio at Northwest 14th Avenue and Pettygrove Street, but he wants to head downtown and swill Syrah on top of Big Pink, so we do--and then, scarcely ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 RICHARD SPEER

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