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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

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Different Thursdays

Tom Cramer takes his work from the Pearl to Alberta.


Books
The Willamette River divides Portland’s art scene. Tony galleries in the Pearl District and Northwest exude First Thursday hauteur, while street artists turn Northeast Alberta Street into a fr   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Collider

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

End Things

The challenge of visual arts at TBA.


Visual Arts
On this yearlong eve of the Mayan apocalypse, as we bury our faces in digital displays, what is the relevance of the old-fashioned objet d’art? Can it engage the mind and uplift the spirit? Kris   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Richard Cawley & Gustav Sculptor, Metal Mythos

Ashes of a burning man.


Visual Arts
Launch Pad Gallery, which opened in December 2005 and closes with its current show, has always staked out unique terrain within Portland’s visual-arts ecosphere. Its physical location is in So   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Maybe It Takes a Loud Noise

Hey hey, ho ho, protest signs gotta go.


Visual Arts
First came hieroglyphs, then epic poems, stage plays and operas. Then there were books, newspapers, movies, radios and televisions. Now, smartphones, iPads and Kindles. The methods by which we r   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Tom Hardy Closing His Studio, Selling His Stuff

Legendary 90-year-old Portland artist selling everything in his studio next week.

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At the age of 90, beloved Portland artist Tom Hardy has decided to shutter his studio and take life a little more slowly. Problem is, nine decades of life tends to leave one’s studio chock full of accumulated stuff.
What to do with it? 
Hardy is holding a sale, the goal of which is to liquidate everything in one fell swoop...   More
 
Friday, June 15, 2012 by RICHARD SPEER
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