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Contemporary Northwest Art Award Finalists


Visual Arts
What would you do with $10,000? That’s a question 29 artists are asking themselves after being named finalists in the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards. This will be the s   More
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Mark Zirpel At Bullseye

Bells and whistles make for a brilliantly bizarro installation.


Visual Arts
It’s been six years since Seattle artist Mark Zirpel’s brilliantly creepy Celestial/Terrestrial at Bullseye, but the artist has clearly been busy concocting new nightmares and comedic riff ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Hirsute Heaven

Photographing Portland’s most beloved natural wonder.


Headout Picks
IMAGE: Dave MeadAs if Portland weren’t already in the running for honors as the Beard Capital of the U.S.A., Texas-based photographer Dave Mead brings his ode to the beard, Magnificent Specimens ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 RICHARD SPEER

Best Of 2010

Our picks for the best locally exhibited visual art this year.


Visual Arts
The Portland art scene in 2010 had a Dickensian “best of times, worst of times” duality. Among the setbacks and sadnesses were veteran gallerist Laura Russo’s death in February from ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Fish-Work Europe At Charles A. Hartman

Photographer Corey Arnold finds death in them thar waves.


Visual Arts
Photographer Corey Arnold regularly leaves his Portland home and hops aboard commercial fishing boats bound for icy northern waters. The photos he brings back capture life on the seas, as crew members ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Ansel Adams/Vanessa Renwick

Two artists set their sights on the Great American West.


Visual Arts
When an artist with an exceptional eye finds something exceptional to look at and interpret with that eye, watch out. In the 16th century, Leonardo had his Mona Lisa; in the 19th century, John Singer ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Bruce Conkle at Worksound

Of beauty and bedevilments.


Visual Arts
Worksound is a cavernous gallery that normally shows two or three artists at a time, so for a single artist to take on the entire space is a tall order. Happily, conceptual artist Bruce Conkle is up t ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

TBA 2010: The People's Biennial




Sunday, Sept. 12 at The Works at Washington High School:

Sometimes in the art world, a duet becomes a duel. Such has often been the case between the forces of elitism and the voices for populism in modern and contemporary art. Do y...   More
 
Monday, September 13, 2010 by RICHARD SPEER

Rusting Away

Visual Arts


Special Section Stories
STAIN ART: Rio Wrenn works with rust and fabric in her Portland workshop. IMAGE: mikelarremore.comOnly in Portland would pre-soiled panties be considered a good idea. But that’s what artist and ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 RICHARD SPEER

Sherrie Wolf At Laura Russo

Zooming in on painting’s most famous faces.


Visual Arts
The great faces of historical portrait painting are embedded in our collective unconscious like ghosts in a psychic family album: Titian’s Man With a Glove, Thomas Gainsborough’s dewy The ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 RICHARD SPEER
 

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