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Seattle sculptor John Grade wins Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

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Seattle-based sculptor and conceptual artist John Grade took home the $10,000 Arlene Schnitzer Prize at the culmination of the opening ceremonies for Portland Art Museum’s second    More
 
Monday, June 20, 2011 by RICHARD SPEER

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

Portland Art Museum scores a hit with this showcase of thought-provoking Northwest art.


Visual Arts
The Contemporary Northwest Art Awards live in the shadow of the Oregon Biennial, which, in a sense, it replaced. Like the Biennial, the Art Awards select a small pool of artists from hundreds of no   More
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Storm Tharp

Storm Tharp’s prints highlight a sexy group show at PDX Contemporary.


Visual Arts
There has always been an air of the arch epicene in Storm Tharp’s work: the perspective of a refined but warped dandy looking out at a beautiful world through dark-tinted spectacles   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

The Big Timers

Tony Bennett and Usher take vastly different approaches to wooing you.


Music Stories
Crooners—legitimate heavyweights who can elicit shrieks, tears and piles of ladies’ undergarments from their audiences—are few and far between these days.  But this week, two of the big   More
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 RICHARD SPEER, CASEY JARMAN

Tom Cramer Oregon Landmarks

Tom Cramer casts a quirky gaze on his native state.


Visual Arts
We spoke with Tom Cramer, an Oregon native and veritable Portland institution, about the sources of inspiration for his show Oregon Landmarks. WW: What drew you to the Northwest landscape this time?    More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Dante Marioni Variations

Sculptor Dante Marioni takes a risk and scores a hit.


Visual Arts
Varied, virtuosic and sumptuous beyond imagination, the work of Seattle-based sculptor Dante Marioni seems to come from another time—perhaps the Renaissance, when craftsmanship and invention were    More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Sean Healy Upstate

An artist learns you can never go home again.


Visual Arts
In Upstate, artist Sean Healy looks back at his childhood in the once-bustling upstate New York town of Brasher Falls. The town fell on hard times in the 1980s and ’90s, when its three main manuf   More
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Stage Sets

Three local shows ask where art ends and architecture begins.


Visual Arts
This month, three different shows tackle the same essential theme: the relationships between visual art and architecture. This is addressed most explicitly at the Art Institute of Portland’s Centr   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Road Trip

Matt McCormick takes a look in Oregon’s rear-view mirror.


Headout
These are golden days for local filmmaker and artist Matt McCormick. His first feature film, Some Days Are Better Than Others, debuted last week at the Portland International Film Festival, and than   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Christine Clark/Jay Steensma @ Nine Gallery/Pulliam Gallery

Two Portlanders confront impermanence.


Visual Arts
When you look at the bric-a-brac collecting dust at your pad—those tacky souvenirs from your trip to Mexico, family photos you inherited when Aunt Betty died, books you bought years ago but never    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 RICHARD SPEER
 

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