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Hap Tivey and Gregg Renfrow at Elizabeth Leach

Can SoCal Light and Space cure the Portland winter blues?

Visual Arts
If you’re prone to SAD (and who among us doesn’t get a little seasonally affected during a soggy Portland January?), then run, don’t walk, to Elizabeth Leach’s dream-team doubl ...   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Portland Art Center, R.I.P.

The Portland Art Center closes—who is to blame?

Visual Arts
You know what they say about things that seem too good to be true. When I first walked into Portland Art Center’s gargantuan 10,000-square-foot space in the Goldsmith Building 2 1/2 years ago, I ...   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Alicia J. Rose at Grass Hut

Alicia J. Rose charges into the woods in her genderfucked Fairytales.

Visual Arts
In 1812, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published what has become the world’s best-known collection of adapted European and Middle Eastern fairy tales. Three of these tales—Snow White and the Sev ...   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Mark Rupert at Quality Pictures

Photographer Mark Rupert explores the midpoint between city and nature.

Visual Arts
Weird, intriguing creatures dwell in the estuary, the neither-here-nor-there zone where rivers flow into the sea, freshwater mingles with salt, and alligators swim side-by-side with sharks. Wherever t ...   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Best of 2007

Raves and raptures from the year that was.

Visual Arts
In a year when the national media couldn’t get enough of Portland’s creative-class utopia, local visual arts venues experienced a dearth of challenging group shows and a wave of staggering ...   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

Welcome to Miami: Art Basel Miami Beach

Richard Speer reports (and cavorts) at Miami’s biggest art weekend.

Visual Arts
You may as well have called Miami, Fla.,“Portland South” last week, as dozens upon dozens of Stumptown artists, gallery owners, curators, collectors and other sundry denizens descended on ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 RICHARD SPEER

A Letter from (Art Basel) Miami, Part 2

Reporting from Art Basel Miami Beach

The sunny skies were blue, but the eyes were green with dollars as splashy Art Basel Miami Beach art fair careened to a close Sunday night (Dec. 9). A const...   More
Monday, December 10, 2007 by RICHARD SPEER

A Letter from Art Basel Miami Beach

You may as well call Miami “Portland South” this week, as dozens upon dozens of Stumptown artists, gallery owners, curators, collectors, and other sundry denizens have descended on South Beach for the annual    More
Friday, December 7, 2007 by RICHARD SPEER

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

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