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Visceral Art

Grass Hut wants to do bad things with you.

IMAGE: Hellen JoSkeleton arms reaching out of a grave, fondling a terrified, half-naked woman; a ghostly geisha girl having sex with a freaked-out teenage boy; an innocent baby being spirited away by ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Farewell, Sugar Gallery, Hello PDX/LA/NY

"Nattefrost of Carpathian Forest" by Peter Beste at Sugar Gallery February 2007

When First Thursday gets underway tonight, the Everett Station Lofts will be one gallery lighter, and we art-walkers will be poorer for it.    More
Thursday, August 6, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

Marking Portland Portland Art Museum

Tattoo art graduates from bohemia to the blue-hairs.

Visual Arts
That tattooing has moved into the mainstream is hardly news, nor is the fact that tattoo artists can enjoy concurrent careers as fine artists (local inkers Dan Gilsdorf and Peter Archer spring to mind ...   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Live Review: Infected Mushroom, Thursday, July 16 @ Roseland Theater

Infected Mushroom didn't just take the Roseland by storm, they took it by force, took it hostage, and took it down. I've dug the Israeli-formed, L.A.-based DJ duo for years but had never seen them live until this performance, part of their tour promoting the September release of their new album, L...   More
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

The Shock of the New Butters Gallery

Butters introduces four new artists to its roster.

Visual Arts
With scores of local art spaces closing (Quality Pictures), cutting back (Pulliam) and going freelance (Woolley), it’s rare to see a gallery welcome new artists into its stable. But with New Dis ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Lesbian Art Show At Fontanelle

Two artists put up a mirror to sapphic identity.

Visual Arts
To title an exhibition Lesbian Art Show requires either temerity or naiveté. Azsa West and Mary McAllister, the lesbian couple behind this collaborative effort, have plenty of both. To mount a ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Store For A Month

Art bargains and food for thought—now available at a “store” near you.

What’s more prestigious: buying a fine-art print at a Pearl District gallery or picking up a poster from Urban Outfitters to match your living-room sofa? What if they’re both the same pric ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Mary Henry & Ellen George PDX Contemporary

A one-two punch of transcendental abstraction and elegant sculpture.

Visual Arts
In four years, painter Mary Henry will be 100. The California native, who now lives on Whidbey Island, Wash., only recently stopped making art as a concession to her age, but her work on display at PD ...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Mark Woolley Gallery Says Goodbye

The longtime outsider gallery calls it quits.

Visual Arts
After 15 years in business, the Mark Woolley Gallery will close May 30, becoming the third major PDX gallery to close this year. Woolley says the closure is only partly due to the recession, and that ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Mark Woolley Gallery to Close May 30

After 15 years in business, the Mark Woolley Gallery will close on May 30th, after a final group show. The gallery becomes the third major Portland gallery to close this year, after Quality Pictures foundered in January...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

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