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Yoshihiro Kitai at Pulliam Deffenbaugh

With his stylized clouds, Yoshihiro Kitai blends East and West.

Visual Arts
Last December, Yoshihiro Kitai burst upon the local scene with a dazzling show at Portland Art Center, full of gold and silver leaf upon swaths of oversized paper. In their imagery, the works evoked c ...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Updated: Washington artists stack new PAM art awards

Jennifer Gately, the Portland Art Museum's Schnitzer-endowed curator for Northwest art, has announced the five winners of the 2008 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards:

Dan Attoe of W...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 by RICHARD SPEER

Pecha Kucha: PDX’s creative class gives itself a blowjob

Pecha Kucha Night

8:20 pm, Monday, November 1, 2007

Pecha Kucha Night. Sort of sounds like some nocturnal luau, doesn't it? Some kind of ukelele grass-skirt coconut-bra soiree with apple-mouthed roast...   More
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 by RICHARD SPEER

Harvest Henderson, Ogle

Stitching shopping, femininity, and the human heart.

Visual Arts
Much has been made of Gen X/Y’s post-ironic use of craft under the auspices of fine art. Installation artist Harvest Henderson shares her take on this phenomenon at Ogle this month in Never a St ...   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Tom Cramer at Laura Russo

The artist treads familiar and unfamiliar ground at Laura Russo.

Visual Arts
Tom Cramer’s painted and carved wooden panels at Laura Russo are a jumble of maddening, fascinating paradoxes: Hyperkinetic yet serene, intricate yet cryptic, they show a midcareer artist taking ...   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Mapping Time

Visual Arts
One of the most thoughtful and obsessive conceptual artists working on the West Coast today, Matthew Picton debuts a new body of work this month at Pulliam Deffenbaugh . The London-born artist, who n ...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Fire Burns More Than One Local Artist

In the aftermath of a Sunday, Sept. 23 fire that left painter Michael Brophy's studio severely damaged, the arts community has mobilized to support the artist, who shows with the prestigious Laura Russo Gallery and was featured in the Portland Art Mus...   More
Thursday, September 27, 2007 by RICHARD SPEER

You Say You Want an Evolution

Visual Arts
Michael L. Wilson has made a metaphoric jump across the Willamette River, evolving his painting from a lowbrow, Last Thursday sensibility to an elegant First Thursday polish. Caustic: 3rd Definition ...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

A Less-Than-Torrid Affair

Affair at the Jupiter Hotel titillates but misses the big O.

For the past four years, the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel has been one of the most enjoyable events on Portland’s visual-arts calendar. Organized by former PICA visual-arts curator Stuart Horodne ...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 RICHARD SPEER


Reviewed: Affair at the Jupiter

Friday-Sunday Sept. 14-16

Affairs you had four years ago are inevitably hotter than the affair you are having today—there is a blush and burnish in hindsight, a patina that makes the grass seem greener on the other side of the ...   More
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 by RICHARD SPEER

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