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Your Steps Were Lost in the Landscape

A photojournalist makes art of death.

Visual Arts
The sun is setting through a line of trees, casting a golden glow upon a man who lies sleeping alongside a dirt road. Except he’s not sleeping—he’s dead. That chilling revelation hits yo   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

The Best Things I Saw

Richard Speer’s picks for the year’s best visual art.

Visual Arts
When you look back over the year, it’s kind of like that segment on the Academy Awards where they flash pictures of all the movie people who died. That’s the way Portland gallerygoers feel   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Dispatch From Art Basel

Bienvenidos a Miami.

Visual Arts
One could be forgiven, especially after a mojito or two, for mistaking Miami Beach’s Collins Drive for Portland’s Northwest Everett Street during the annual mega-art fair known as Art Basel    More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Lucinda Parker, All Clouds Choose the Loftiest Peak...

The many moods of Mount Hood.

Visual Arts
I never bought into the cult of Lucinda Parker. Sure, the veteran painter is respected, she’s been in a jillion biennials, and there are more paintings by her in West Hills mansions than there   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Joshua Lutz, Hesitating Beauty

Lend me your eyes...

Visual Arts
Childhood memories often play through the 8 mm lens of The Wonder Years, set on a Slip ’N Slide behind a picket fence on a sunny day. Think harder, though, and you’ll remember more bogeyman-fi   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Tom Cramer and Sherrie Wolf

With art like this, who needs porn?

Visual Arts
Rainy autumn skies have arrived in Portland, but inside the Laura Russo Gallery, spring is still in full bloom. In Tom Cramer’s Continuum and Sherrie Wolf’s Stills, flowers take center stage.    More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

Four states, one giant room.

Visual Arts
Over the spring and summer, I went on art-related trips to New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and in none of those cities did I encounter a museum show that breathed as expansively as the    More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Eva Speer, Alone Together

A virtuoso with too much to say.

Visual Arts
Eva Speer (no relation to Richard Speer) is a virtuoso with materials. That’s her strength and weakness. She can paint up a storm in realism or abstraction, makes ravishing screen prints and is    More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Sage Sohier, About Face

Gazing at the wrapping paper of the soul.

Visual Arts
Cultural anthropologists have long held that facial symmetry is one of the prime criteria by which we judge other people’s attractiveness. So where does that leave people with asymmetrical faces   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Off Black

A big, spooky tumor.

Visual Arts
When you think of crumpled paper, you tend to think of creative screw-ups: the proverbial novelist, frustrated at not conjuring the right words, wadding up a sheet of paper and chucking it in th   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

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