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Paul Dahlquist at Gallery 114

This 80-year-old photographer shows he’s about more than boobs, butts and schlongs.


Visual Arts
That Paul Dahlquist, spry and feisty and flirty, has just turned 80 years old is the least of his surprises. Among the others: He is known for his sensual male nudes and has been appropriated as a &ld ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Warlord Sun King, Art Gym

Northwest artists herald the age of “eco-baroque.”


Visual Arts
The trek down to the Marylhurst Art Gym gallery has never been more worth your time and gasoline. Two complementary shows throw into luscious relief the wryly romantic Northwest attitude toward nature ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Old Man Art

Sculptor Mel Katz makes art for the ages.


Headout
Youth is overrated. Mel Katz turns 77 this month, but his new sculptures are so fresh and spontaneous, they look like they were made by a 25-year-old wunderkind. For his 13th solo show at Laura Russo, ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

John Sisley & Jesse Durost At Fourteen30 Contemporary

Think Lincoln Logs in outer space.


Visual Arts
Contemporary art goes through periods when artists frantically search for new ideas, hoping to be proclaimed the aesthetic innovators du jour. Arguably, we are just now coming out of such a period and ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Breedlove The Beautiful Boy

It’s an affair, but is it art?


Visual Arts
Read a much longer version of this story here. In the wake of Sam Adams’ star-crossed affair with hunky Beau Breedlove, a group of arts leaders, including PICA’s Victoria Frey and RACC&rs ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Breedlove the Beautiful Boy: WW art critic Richard Speer weighs in.




The local arts community is throwing considerable support behind Mayor Sam Adams in the wake of revelations about his star-crossed affair with hunk-a-licious Beau Breedlove. A group of arts leaders includin...   More
 
Friday, January 30, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

Artapocalypse: Quality Pictures closes.




Two years and one month after its grand opening, Quality Pictures Contemporary Art, the gallery is closing, reportedly due to the economic downturn.

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Monday, January 19, 2009 by RICHARD SPEER

Evident Laura Fritz At Naau

She always leaves us wanting more—bugs and pretty lights.


Visual Arts
Laura Fritz is a mistress of the arcane. With her creepily clinical work, the Portland artist leaves you disoriented, curious, perhaps even repulsed, and above all scratching your head, saying, &ldquo ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Visual Arts Best of 2008

Bright spots in a challenging year for the arts.


Visual Arts
No need to mince words: 2008 kicked the Portland art scene in the nuts. The Portland Art Center folded. Affair at the Jupiter Hotel canceled indefinitely. Tilt and Rake galleries closed. At the Portla ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 RICHARD SPEER

Letter from South Beach: PDX at Art Basel Miami Beach 2008



SOUTH BEACH, MIAMI, FLORIDA

Last year at this time, you couldn't turn a corner in Miami Beach without running into a Portland artist or gallery owner (read my report, here). This year's Portland presence at the   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2008 by RICHARD SPEER
 

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