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Westward ho!

Two photographers find gold—and brothels—in them thar hills.


Visual Arts
Leave it to the Europeans to find the essence of the American West. The Italians, with their spaghetti westerns, left us whistling Morricone long after Autry and Rogers rode into the sunset, and now, ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Reaching for the APEX

Jenene Nagy dons myriad artistic hats—and wears them well.


Visual Arts
People who wear a lot of hats tend to have big heads. Not so with artist-curator-gallery owner Jenene Nagy, who has made a name for herself through a refreshingly earnest mix of thoughtfully deployed ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

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

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

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
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