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Jeff Badger looks up, down, and all around

The show is largely works on paper, and mostly funny and sometimes a little creepy, and often both.
 Aerial boundaries
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 06, 2013

Are you a voyeur? This show’s for you

For many years, the art of Adriane Herman has dealt with the mundane tasks of daily life, specifically handwritten notes and to-do lists of the quotidian events of others.
Check yourself
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 22, 2013

Wallace Shawn’s dialogue in Lorem Ipsum's mouth

Pedestrians passing the window of Rose Contemporary gallery last weekend might have wondered what several leering, expensively dressed people were up to inside.
You keep using that word
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 18, 2013

The year ahead in visual arts

While the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART is about to wrap its wildly successful Winslow Homer exhibit, something tells me we'll be feeling the various expressions of "Weatherbeaten" for awhile.
See and be seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 28, 2012

Six artists take on reality at Rose

The search for meaning can lead to some pretty weird places. Into a minotaur's lair, for instance, or the hollowed insides of a horse.
Let’s get mythical
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 27, 2012

Catch the summer art buzz

Some parts of Portland may get quiet in the summer, but there's plenty action in the art biz. And lots of cruise-ship visitors this year to quicken the streets a bit.
Onward and upward
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 08, 2012


Printmaking continues to matter

Essential to printmaking, and non-digital photography, is the frustrating, annoying time lapse between the creation of the matrix and the final image.
Paper, ink, and pressure
By BRITTA KONAU  |  May 18, 2012

A peek at Portland art shows in 2012

Degas and the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART headline the news for early next year. We're so used to Degas and his point of view it's easy to overlook what a difficult and radical artist he really was.
Radicals and friends
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 30, 2011

Memories from a year in art shows

It was a year when the best shows weren't often the most memorable, and the most memorable weren't often the best.
Fine lines
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 23, 2011

Rose Contemporary's 'Abstraction' show is more than enough

Abstraction is the process of moving from the particular to the general, from the thing itself to an idea about the thing that can thus be considered or communicated. All art is, in this sense, an abstraction. The soup-can painting requires no spoon.
The thing itself
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 07, 2011

Review: Rose Contemporary blasts off

It's a sad thing to have an empty gallery in the center of Portland's Arts District. Whitney Art Works was a vital organ in Portland's arts community, and since it closed in January, the scene has missed it dearly.
Outer limits
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 08, 2011