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Mary Henry & Ellen George PDX Contemporary

A one-two punch of transcendental abstraction and elegant sculpture.

Visual Arts
In four years, painter Mary Henry will be 100. The California native, who now lives on Whidbey Island, Wash., only recently stopped making art as a concession to her age, but her work on display at PD ...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Mark Woolley Gallery Says Goodbye

The longtime outsider gallery calls it quits.

Visual Arts
After 15 years in business, the Mark Woolley Gallery will close May 30, becoming the third major PDX gallery to close this year. Woolley says the closure is only partly due to the recession, and that ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Mark Woolley Gallery to Close May 30

After 15 years in business, the Mark Woolley Gallery will close on May 30th, after a final group show. The gallery becomes the third major Portland gallery to close this year, after Quality Pictures foundered in January...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

Matt King Fourteen30 Contemporary

Sizing up contemporary life.

Visual Arts
What’s your IQ? How much money did you make last year? What’s your waist size, your bra cup, your dick length? Richmond, Va.-based artist Matt King wants to know. And while we’re at ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Paul Dahlquist at Gallery 114

This 80-year-old photographer shows he’s about more than boobs, butts and schlongs.

Visual Arts
That Paul Dahlquist, spry and feisty and flirty, has just turned 80 years old is the least of his surprises. Among the others: He is known for his sensual male nudes and has been appropriated as a &ld ...   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Warlord Sun King, Art Gym

Northwest artists herald the age of “eco-baroque.”

Visual Arts
The trek down to the Marylhurst Art Gym gallery has never been more worth your time and gasoline. Two complementary shows throw into luscious relief the wryly romantic Northwest attitude toward nature ...   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Old Man Art

Sculptor Mel Katz makes art for the ages.

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
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