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Stephen Scott Smith, Seeyouyousee

Grab your mother’s keys, we’re leaving.

Visual Arts
If you grew up in suburbia, the hairs on the back of your neck are apt to stand up as you make your way through the creepy Proustian labyrinth that is Stephen Scott Smith’s Seeyouyousee. The i   More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Kris Hargis, Vale la Pena

Inside, outside, inside...

Visual Arts
One of the basic questions artists face is whether to focus on social, political and spiritual concerns or the narrower purview of their own inner worlds. From antiquity to the Romantic period,    More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Mariana Tres, Celestial Clockwork

Who cares what makes it tick?

Visual Arts
On the face of it, Mariana Tres’ Celestial Clockwork isn’t much to look at. Upon further investigation, it also isn’t much to think about, despite a tedious trail of conceptual breadcrumbs t   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Art Fare: Photographer Andy Freeberg

Argh, the Koons figures are soft?

Visual Arts
Sun and sand, lean bodies and fat checkbooks: This is the chichi art fair known as Art Basel Miami Beach. It’s where art-world cognoscenti descend each December, hungry for wheeling and dealin   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 RICHARD SPEER

Best Portland Art of the Year 2012

Favorite shows and pieces from 2012.

Visual Arts
The Portland art scene lost some important venues in 2012. After mounting some of the strongest shows in recent memory, Victory Gallery closed its doors due to economic necessities. One of the P   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

G. Lewis Clevenger and Brenden Clenaghen

Visual Arts
Some artists spend years developing a distinctive style, only to walk away from it once they’ve found it. Think of the late Philip Guston, who infamously abandoned abstract expressionism in fa   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Sherrie Wolf, Looking Back

Dutch boys meet Portland woman.

Visual Arts
It’s a rare artist who invigorates not one but two fusty tropes—landscapes and floral still lifes—with jolts of fresh spunk. Sherrie Wolf can, and in Looking Back: New Paintings, she proves    More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Marianne Wex, An Exhibition

Gender, bended and re-bended.

Visual Arts
German artist Marianne Wex’s challenging show, An Exhibition, is a time capsule of the 1970s, but it retains the power to make us question assumptions about gender circa 2012. From 1972 to 1977,   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

The Gemini Series, Francis Celentano

Groovy colors, baby, yeah!

Visual Arts
There is a delicious solipsism in art whose only purpose is to boggle the eye, and nowhere is this self-pleasuring more flagrant than in op art. The movement...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 RICHARD SPEER


Is painting dead or alive?

Visual Arts
Since the advent of photography, when French painter Delaroche reportedly declared, “From today, painting is dead,” thinkers have been busy burying and exhuming the enduring art form. Curato   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

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