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Hayley Barker, Apparition Hill

Beautification, all I ever wanted.


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In southern Herzegovina, there’s a village called Medjugorje where religious pilgrims flock. Since 1981, people have claimed to see the Virgin Mary there, on top of Mount Podbrdo (“Apparitio   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Anonymous Women, Eva Lake

Independent women, part 3.


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Don’t you just love it when poetic men insist that women are stand-ins for something other than, well, women? Shakespeare famously compared his lady love to a summer’s day, while Lord Byron    More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Why Shit Balloons Shouldn't Float Around a Shopping Mall

Place PDX Gallery gets booted from Pioneer Place Mall, thanks to "shit balloons" and suicide celebrations

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Gallery-goers are hard to shock these days, but mall-goers may be a different story. As WW reported Wednesday, transgressive artwork appears to have gotten Place PDX Gallery kicked out of its space at Pioneer ...   More
 
Thursday, March 27, 2014 by RICHARD SPEER

Eye River

Supersize versions of old logging tools.


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If you’ve walked, biked or driven down Southeast Clay Street in recent weeks, you may have noticed Portland’s newest public art. They’re three sculptures by artist Linda Wysong, collective   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Portland2014

Oregon only, please.


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Where do you find the pulse of Portland? If you ask artsy types, they’re apt to direct you to Disjecta’s ambitious biennial exhibition, Portland2014. The nonprofit began mounting biennials i   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Deville Cohen, ZERO

There are heroes and there are zeros.


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When you enter Disjecta’s main exhibition space, you’re confronted with an 8-foot-high wall wrapping around something you can’t see. It’s dingy and cheap-looking, made out of white scree   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Snow Shuts Down First Thursday

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Today’s cold, snowy weather is affecting the First Thursday art walk in the Pearl District and Old Town. Most art galleries are closing early and will not be open during the 6-8:30pm window when they normally welcome First Thursday art-goers. 
Among the galleries that will not be open: Laura Russo Gallery, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Augen Gallery, Froelick Gallery, Charl...   More
 
Thursday, February 6, 2014 by RICHARD SPEER

Your Steps Were Lost in the Landscape

A photojournalist makes art of death.


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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.


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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.


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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
 

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