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Gus Van Sant PDX Contemporary Art

The director mashes up paradoxical states.

Visual Arts
In his photographs, as in his films, Gus Van Sant is a prince of indeterminacy. The computer-manipulated images that make up his art show Cut-ups at PDX Contemporary are suffused with a woozy, synesth ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Almost Live: Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction's New Digs a Hit

What a difference a venue makes. After a multi-year run in the oppressively cheesy Oregon Convention Center, the Cascade AIDS Project's annual fundraising e...   More
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 by RICHARD SPEER

Ply The Wood

The artist as mad scientist- lumberjack.

Visual Arts
In the intimate Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, Josh Smith’s architectonic sculpture, Working With Doubt, holds forth in blond Russian plywood, smooth and gently curved on one side, slotted and rectil ...   More
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Peep Show

Reed College unveils a collection of bare-naked art.

Andy Warhol’s PolaroidsSpring has sprung, and that means warmer weather and less clothes. If the prospect of ogling bared flesh at the neighborhood park creeps you out, take a more highbrow appr ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Lawrence Gallery Closes Pearl District Gallery

In a move that was not entirely unexpected, Lawrence Gallery has closed its Pearl District location at 903 NW Davis St. The gallery, once a cash cow...   More
Monday, March 29, 2010 by RICHARD SPEER

Portland 2010

Disjecta’s biennial takes the art scene’s pulse. And it’s stronger than ever.

Visual Arts
Disjecta scores a huge hit with the first of eight installments in its two-month, citywide exhibition series, Portland 2010: A Biennial of Contemporary Art. This invigorating show goes a long way towa ...   More
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Blakely Dadson At Chambers

A Portland newcomer stakes his claim on glitter.

Visual Arts
In the Old World there was candlelight, there were velvets and silks and halls of mirrors bedecked with gilded sconces and chandeliers. Today, alas, there is only glitter, and you find it at the mall, ...   More
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Laura Russo, Owner of Laura Russo Gallery, Dies

One of the Northwest's best-known gallery owners, Laura Russo, has died, at age 66, of esophageal cancer. Robert Kochs, a friend of Russo's and owner of Augen Gallery, confirms that Russo passed away last night after a relatively short bout with the cancer. She had been under hospice care in recent ...   More
Friday, February 12, 2010 by RICHARD SPEER

April Surgent at Bullseye, Alexis Mollomo at Ogle

Two new shows take on identity and demons.

Visual Arts
It takes guts to look into the mirror and regard your best and worst features with equanimity. In April Surgent’s Reflect at Bullseye, the artist alternately reflects and deflects her identity a ...   More
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

A Bevy of Biennials: Disjecta announces Portland 2010 and PICA unveils The People’s Biennial

The season is so close you can smell it—no, not spring, but Biennial season. A duo of new biennial art exhibitions has been announced in the absence of a proper biennial such as the Portland Art Museum used to mount. Arts nonprofit    More
Friday, February 5, 2010 by RICHARD SPEER
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