Inside the mind of an art critic

Inside the mind of an art critic

Richard Speer doesn’t spook easily. As art critic for Willamette Week, Portland’s highly regarded alternative weekly newspaper, Speer has strolled through galleries in and around the Oregon city for more than a decade. He’s seen unsettling creative work, including William Pope.L’s giant reverse image of the United States made out of 5,000 rotting hot dogs. He’s also seen an upscale-gallery show featuring the paintings of Rama—a 21-year-old Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo. Still, when Speer walked into Breeze Block Art Gallery in Portland’s Chinatown arts district last March, he felt as if he’d entered a haunted house … albeit one from someone’s bland, colorless childhood.

Bryan Ramey’s ‘Nectar’

Bryan Ramey’s ‘Nectar’

With a fluid combination of charcoal, ink and paints, Bryan Ramey infuses his work with the surreal. Inspiration for his illustrated dream worlds comes from “the darker, more primitive side of man: the superstitious, the imaginative, the unknown part of ourselves,” he says. Ramey attended the postbaccalaureate program at the School for the Museum of […]

Basel art fairs draw big names and big sales

Basel art fairs draw big names and big sales

All eyes turned to Basel, Switzerland as collectors and art lovers flocked to the Art Basel, SCOPE Basel and Volta9 art fairs. Art Basel, one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs, annually showcases work from over 300 international galleries. This year an estimated $2 billion worth of art is on sale and includes both […]

Xavier Rodés’s ‘Bay Watch’

Xavier Rodés’s ‘Bay Watch’

Barcelona-native Xavier Rodés has exhibited throughout Spain and internationally, including France, England, Argentina and the U.S. He completed his art studies degree at EINA College. According to the artist’s statement, “The ground-breaking treatment of light, precise drawing and thematic originality create Rodés’ distinguished and unique style. In spite of being a figurative artist, his paintings […]

Venice Biennale showcases art from 88 countries

Venice Biennale showcases art from 88 countries

The Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art fair, launched its 55th exhibition on June 1. This year’s fair represents work from 88 different countries and features renowned artists like Ai Weiwei, Ahmet Güneştekin and Jeremy Deller, as well as up-and-coming faces Marya Kazoun, Zanele Muholi and Tavares Strachan. At the June 1 awards […]