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Old Man Art

Sculptor Mel Katz makes art for the ages.


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Youth is overrated. Mel Katz turns 77 this month, but his new sculptures are so fresh and spontaneous, they look like they were made by a 25-year-old wunderkind. For his 13th solo show at Laura Russo, ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

John Sisley & Jesse Durost At Fourteen30 Contemporary

Think Lincoln Logs in outer space.


Visual Arts
Contemporary art goes through periods when artists frantically search for new ideas, hoping to be proclaimed the aesthetic innovators du jour. Arguably, we are just now coming out of such a period and ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Breedlove The Beautiful Boy

It’s an affair, but is it art?


Visual Arts
Read a much longer version of this story here. In the wake of Sam Adams’ star-crossed affair with hunky Beau Breedlove, a group of arts leaders, including PICA’s Victoria Frey and RACC&rs ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Breedlove the Beautiful Boy: WW art critic Richard Speer weighs in.




The local arts community is throwing considerable support behind Mayor Sam Adams in the wake of revelations about his star-crossed affair with hunk-a-licious Beau Breedlove. A group of arts leaders includin...   More
 
Friday, January 30, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

Artapocalypse: Quality Pictures closes.




Two years and one month after its grand opening, Quality Pictures Contemporary Art, the gallery is closing, reportedly due to the economic downturn.

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Monday, January 19, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

Evident Laura Fritz At Naau

She always leaves us wanting more—bugs and pretty lights.


Visual Arts
Laura Fritz is a mistress of the arcane. With her creepily clinical work, the Portland artist leaves you disoriented, curious, perhaps even repulsed, and above all scratching your head, saying, &ldquo ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Visual Arts Best of 2008

Bright spots in a challenging year for the arts.


Visual Arts
No need to mince words: 2008 kicked the Portland art scene in the nuts. The Portland Art Center folded. Affair at the Jupiter Hotel canceled indefinitely. Tilt and Rake galleries closed. At the Portla ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Letter from South Beach: PDX at Art Basel Miami Beach 2008



SOUTH BEACH, MIAMI, FLORIDA

Last year at this time, you couldn't turn a corner in Miami Beach without running into a Portland artist or gallery owner (read my report, here). This year's Portland presence at the   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2008 by RICHARD SPEER

Dark Corners: Dan Gilsdorf/Horia Boboia

Two installations explore the spooky corridors of the creative mind.


Visual Arts
Dan Gilsdorf’s Interiotrope is a cross between Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and T.C. Boyle’s The Road to Wellville, with a smidgeon of Edgar Allan Poe thrown in. When you walk around each ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Jeanine Jablonski

Economy be damned, Fourteen30’s got bold ideas for our art scene.


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At age 30, gallery impresario Jeanine Jablonski is so poised, disciplined and single-mindedly ambitious, it’s hard to believe she used to be a wild child in Alaska, running around with a shaved ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 RICHARD SPEER
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