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A Bevy of Biennials: Disjecta announces Portland 2010 and PICA unveils The People’s Biennial




The season is so close you can smell it—no, not spring, but Biennial season. A duo of new biennial art exhibitions has been announced in the absence of a proper biennial such as the Portland Art Museum used to mount. Arts nonprofit    More
 
Friday, February 5, 2010 by RICHARD SPEER

Jenene Nagy At Disjecta

Portland’s Christo goes big.


Visual Arts
“Hello, my name is Jenene Nagy, and I’m here to invade your personal space.” That’s the subtext of this ambitious artist’s vertiginous, stomach-churning tsunami of an ins ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Closing: Fontanelle says goodbye at the end of January.




Some crummy news on the visual arts front... The co-founders of Fontanelle Gallery announced earlier today they will close the gallery at the end of January. According to a bittersweet announcement by Jess Fogel and Leslie Miller, e...   More
 
Thursday, January 14, 2010 by RICHARD SPEER

The Dregs Marylhurst Art Gym

Two artists sift through a dead man’s life.


Visual Arts
Most of us know a pack rat or two. The souvenirs of yesteryear that we leave behind for others to disperse and dispose of are the subject of Paul Middendorf and Brandy Cochrane’s affecting colla ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Best Of Visual Arts 2009

2009 kicked the Portland art scene’s ass—but it kicked back.


Visual Arts
Despite the recession, poor art sales, and the continued dearth of first-rate collectors, this was an astounding year for the Portland art scene. It was astounding because in the absence of any tangib ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Mel George At Bullseye, Reiner Riedler At Blue Sky

Wishing you were someplace—anyplace—else.


Visual Arts
I’ll never forget a photograph by artist Liz Obert of a man and woman lying on the sands of South Beach yakking away on their respective cell phones. No matter where we are, it would seem, it wo ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

In the altogether: Daniel Léveillé Danse at Leftbank Annex




First of all, the elephant in the room is pink and naked. That's because the hook, the gimmick that accounts for the lion's share of buzz surrounding Daniel Lév...   More
 
Thursday, December 3, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

China Design Now Portland Art Museum

PAM’s new show unwittingly plays into the worst stereotypes of Communist China.


Visual Arts
There is extraordinary design work being done in China, but it gets lost in the claustrophobic mess that is Portland Art Museum’s China Design Now. This show—which originated at the Victor ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Bryan Suereth

Older and wiser, Disjecta’s founder bets on a better arts future despite economic woes.


Q & A
More than a year after opening its splashy 12,000-square-foot exhibition space in NoPo’s Kenton neighborhood, plucky arts nonprofit Disjecta is surviving the economic meltdown and forging forwar ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

The Century Project At Bamboo Grove

Photographer Frank Cordelle wrestles with body acceptance.


Visual Arts
It’s hard to believe that in 2009, the sight of a naked body can still provoke such a spectacular gamut of feelings, from arousal to repulsion. But it can, especially when the bodies in question ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 RICHARD SPEER
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