Top 5 Fall Visual Arts Shows

Fall Arts
We Were Singing Ellen Lesperance stole the show with her paintings and textiles paying tribute to direct action campaigns and feminist activism at the 2014 Biennial of Contemporary Ar   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

Visual Arts: Larry Yes, Positive Words

PDX Window Project will showcase exhibit 24/7.

Visual Arts
When an “epic windstorm” took down the fence at Larry Yes’ North Portland home in 2014, the local jack-of-all-trades decided not to rebuild. Instead, he painted the fence posts with bright color   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 ENID SPITZ

It Used To Be Better

What went wrong in Portland’s visual arts scene, and what we can do to fix it.

Cover Story
Udders hang from the rafters. They’re fake, fashioned from rubber molds, but the long-haired calf grazing in the corner of the gallery is real, and it’s pissing on the hay covering the hardw   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

PNCA’s New Digs

Look closely for the schooner…

Visual Arts
First Thursday’s must-see destination for March was the brand-flippin’-new campus of Pacific Northwest College of Art, which crowns the North Park Blocks at 511 NW Broadway. Although the b   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Art Review: Francine Fleischer, Swim

Off the beach, into the cenote.

Visual Arts
The landscape of Mexico, wrote D.H. Lawrence in The Plumed Serpent, “seems to emit a deep purring sound, too deep for the ear to hear, and yet audible on the blood.” Lawrence’s musings hin   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 RICHARD SPEER


Oregon only, please.

Visual Arts
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

Portlanders at Art Basel Miami Beach

PICA, Elizabeth Leach, Adam Sorensen and other art lights, in the sun


Arts & Books
Temperatures may have plummeted in Portland, but down in “Portland South” (that would be Miami, Florida) it’s 83 degrees. There’s a big Portland presence in Miami this week for the annual mega-art-festival known as Art Basel Miami Beach. On South Beach, Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road are crawling with Stumptowners. Artist Eugenia Pardue was spotted en route to the Context art fair; ...   More
Friday, December 6, 2013 by Richard Speer

Best Portland Art of the Year 2012

Favorite shows and pieces from 2012.

Visual Arts
The Portland art scene lost some important venues in 2012. After mounting some of the strongest shows in recent memory, Victory Gallery closed its doors due to economic necessities. One of the P   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Trashed @ 35 opening party tonight at Backspace.

Arts & Books
People do weird things with their copies of Willamette Week. We were so intrigued by the photos a local artist named Klutch sent us earlier this summer showing the artworks he created by doodling on his new copy of WW at Meat Cheese Bread each week that we decided to mount an entire gallery show devoted to trashing our newspaper covers. With help from Klutch and WW vis arts critic Richard Speer, ...   More
Thursday, November 5, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Closing: Fontanelle says goodbye at the end of January.

Arts & Books
Some crummy news on the visual arts front... The co-founders of Fontanelle Gallery announced earlier today they will close the gallery at the end of January. According to a bittersweet announcement by Jess Fogel and Leslie Miller, economic factors contributed to the closing: “Between the economy and our young, bustling, busy lives, we have had to make this difficult decision... We can't express ...   More
Thursday, January 14, 2010 RICHARD SPEER


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