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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


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.

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

The Nines

Don’t just look at local art—sleep with it.

Visual Arts
What’s the artiest hotel in Portland? Competition just got stiffer thanks to the newly opened, fancy-schmancy Nines hotel, which occupies the top nine floors of the historic Meier & Frank Buildi ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Brenden Clenaghen at Pulliam Deffenbaugh

Portrait of an artist—in search of a new style.

Visual Arts
Sometimes an artist needs to step back before moving forward. This is the mode Brenden Clenaghen is in with his new show We Became. For many years, Clenaghen has been one of the Northwest’s most ...   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Juri Morioka At Butters

The New York painter transcends the prosaic.

Visual Arts
Juri Morioka’s paintings are hard to describe in prose. Try as we would to dissect the Zen influences that color this Japanese artist’s semi-abstract tableaux—strive though we ought ...   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Gate Closing

Why is Jennifer Gately leaving the Portland Art Museum?

Visual Arts
On Sept. 16, Jennifer Gately, the Portland Art Museum’s curator for Northwest art, announced she was resigning after only two years and nine months on the job. An outpouring of disappointment fr ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 RICHARD SPEER
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