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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

Bruce Conkle at Rocksbox

Visual Arts
Bruce Conkle has been in all kinds of group shows around town, and solo shows as far away as New York City and Iceland, but this is his first local solo show since 2004. As Portland’s preeminent ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Volume at Worksound

Portland artists explore space in curator-about-town Jeff Jahn’s latest show.

Visual Arts
Volume feels different—more cavernous and self-directed, less tour-guidey—than most Jeff Jahn-curated shows. Perhaps that’s because the show’s theme is space and the way Portla ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Sean Healy

An art wunderkind speaks on finally growing up, making aluminum tigers and turning fear into art.

Q & A
Being in your 30s is weird. You have more responsibilities than you had in your 20s but less money and self-assurance than you’ll (hopefully) have in your 40s. That’s kind of what artist S ...   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Walk Art

Hot design is everywhere. Here’s 11 places to spot it.

Featured Stories
Admit it: You’re a design whore. Your wedding registry was at Design Within Reach. Your mantra is “In Eames we trust.” When you watch TV or DVDs—even pornos—you’re ...   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

History Versus Nostalgia

Two shows offer differing takes on the swingin’ ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.

Visual Arts
Our endless fascination with celebrity and nostalgia takes center stage in two very different shows this month. First, at Augen’s DeSoto location, Bande à part: New York Underground time- ...   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Something To Believe In

With Immaterialized, Disjecta scores a direct hit.

Visual Arts
At the end of the Revolutionary War, when Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, it’s said that the Redcoats pulled out their fifes and cornets and played a song called &l ...   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 RICHARD SPEER
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