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Sydney Blue wants to crash your kaffeeklatsch.

Visual Arts
The painting shows a faceless priest pulling a boy's head towards his crotch. "My child," reads the text beside the image, "kneel before the altar and serve your God." The work, titled God Has Lef ...   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 RICHARD SPEER


WW's new Visual Arts writer, Richard Speer, lays out what he'll be looking for.

Visual Arts
When I was 18, my Baptist grandmother gave me this morsel of advice: "Don't go to college. It will turn you into an atheist." She was wrong--I already was one. Actually, like my erstwhile hero, Os ...   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 RICHARD SPEER


A gallery on Southwest Alder offers a twist on old ideas about art and outreach.

Visual Arts
For two years, I worked at the Oregon Symphony's outreach department and often polled the department's volunteers and staff on why arts outreach should exist. Answers were varied, from helping imp ...   More
Tuesday, June 25, 2002 Lisa Lambert

Thoroughly Modern Meiji

Silk, ivory and gold make up most of Imperial Japan's splendor in PAM's new exhibit.

Visual Arts
Amid the trappings of 20th-century Japan, samurai-born Baroness Shidzue Ishimoto would remember the wholesale exhumation of ancient ritual for the 1912 funeral of Emperor Meiji. By a tradition two ...   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2002 Grant Menzies

Pacific Pursuits

Japanese culture extends beyond Japan, as the latest PAM exhibit reminds us.

Visual Arts
Art heals.That may sound like some starry-eyed maxim from the herbs-and-crystals '80s, but in a very real sense, art does just that. Unlike religion, it unconditionally binds up the wounds of old ...   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 Grant Menzies

Fun with the Executive Branch

Martin Van Buren is a lamp! Jimmy Carter is a cartoon character! Don't even ask about Lincoln.

Visual Arts
Call it the power of quirk. As the world's avant garde wrestles with technology, biology or other heady ideas, Portland's underground has recently tackled the stuff of junior-year history class: U ...   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2002 Lisa Lambert


What is it about paper crowns and bee boxes that makes Melody Owen's work so haunting?

Visual Arts
One year ago this week, artist Melody Owen stood smiling amid a swarm of people at the Oregon Biennial's opening party. Her red dress echoed the bowls of red ink she'd placed on a table covered in ...   More
Wednesday, May 1, 2002 Lisa Lambert


The life of Anne Frank inspires a communitywide examination of human rights.

Visual Arts
Ten years ago the First United Methodist Church and the Oregon Historical Society hosted a monthlong exhibit of photographs depicting the circumstances and horrors of the Holocaust called Anne Fra ...   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2002 Kim Colton


Each Last Thursday, the Cell Project throbs and pulses with the spirit of original art and fear. Lots of fear.

Visual Arts
It's called the Cell Project--as in prison cell, monastery cell, cell of political radicals, battery cell or an isolated unit of life. The gloomy power-transfer station on Northeast Alberta Street ...   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2002 Lisa Lambert

Night Gallery

The Portland Art Museum becomes a French dreamscape with the Matieres de Reves exhibition.

Visual Arts
The Portland Art Museum's latest exhibition, Matieres de Reves: Stuff of Dreams, has some of Paris' Musee des Arts Decoratifs' best decorated objects gathered under the loose concept of dreams (op ...   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 Lisa Lambert

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