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In the altogether: Daniel Léveillé Danse at Leftbank Annex




First of all, the elephant in the room is pink and naked. That's because the hook, the gimmick that accounts for the lion's share of buzz surrounding Daniel Lév...   More
 
Thursday, December 3, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

China Design Now Portland Art Museum

PAM’s new show unwittingly plays into the worst stereotypes of Communist China.


Visual Arts
There is extraordinary design work being done in China, but it gets lost in the claustrophobic mess that is Portland Art Museum’s China Design Now. This show—which originated at the Victor ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Bryan Suereth

Older and wiser, Disjecta’s founder bets on a better arts future despite economic woes.


Q & A
More than a year after opening its splashy 12,000-square-foot exhibition space in NoPo’s Kenton neighborhood, plucky arts nonprofit Disjecta is surviving the economic meltdown and forging forwar ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

The Century Project At Bamboo Grove

Photographer Frank Cordelle wrestles with body acceptance.


Visual Arts
It’s hard to believe that in 2009, the sight of a naked body can still provoke such a spectacular gamut of feelings, from arousal to repulsion. But it can, especially when the bodies in question ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

High Art

Tom Cramer resurrects the psychedelic ’60s.


Visual Arts
Sinuous tangles of vines, flowers, and lichen—dots of gold that gleam in the light, then suddenly congeal into stars and teem with insectlike forms...if Tom Cramer’s latest paintings seem ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Shits & Giggles At Launch Pad

Jeremy Okai Davis paints the halcyon days of summer.


Visual Arts
Every summer the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays a series of concerts, some of them in an outdoor band shell, under the moniker “The Boston Pops.” In lieu of heavy fare like Wagner and Mah ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Visual Arts: Going Solo

After two decades on the sidelines, painter Jeffrey Butters takes center stage.


Special Section Stories
THE ART, THE MAN: Jeffrey Butters. IMAGE: Christine TaylorIt’s hard to believe it took painter Jeffrey Butters 22 years to have a solo show in Portland. After all, he’s one of this town&rs ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Manor Of Art At Milepost Five

A hundred-plus artists turn a former nursing home into an aesthetic free-for-all.


Visual Arts
Gavin Shettler knows a thing or two about luring scenesters into the hinterlands to look at art. Back in 2003, he was one of the driving forces behind the Modern Zoo, a sprawling if polarizing mega-sh ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Visceral Art

Grass Hut wants to do bad things with you.


Headout
IMAGE: Hellen JoSkeleton arms reaching out of a grave, fondling a terrified, half-naked woman; a ghostly geisha girl having sex with a freaked-out teenage boy; an innocent baby being spirited away by ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Farewell, Sugar Gallery, Hello PDX/LA/NY




"Nattefrost of Carpathian Forest" by Peter Beste at Sugar Gallery February 2007

When First Thursday gets underway tonight, the Everett Station Lofts will be one gallery lighter, and we art-walkers will be poorer for it.    More
 
Thursday, August 6, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER
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