Kara Walker is an American Artist known for her bold exploration into race, culture and gender and identity issues. You might not have remembered her name, but surely I can recall you to her work once I show you those explosive black silhouettes resembling paper cut-outs that she’s most known for. Continue Reading



As you approach Twelve Gates Gallery, your eyes immediately fall upon dolls clothed in shards of mirrored glass, suspended from the ceiling of the big picture window. Dolls that represent female icons (Beyonce, Frida Kahlo, PJ Harvey) often seen as other-worldly entities capable of astounding creative feats. Continue Reading

Spotlight: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

We start off our Black History Month Spotlight Series with a look at the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat. His genius trapped in a burgeoning art movement set on ‘crazed’ did nothing to help slow down the excesses he became victim of. At 27, he was dead of a drug overdose in his Great Jones loft…the radiant child had left his canvassed works behind screaming at the world, their many faces torturing and riveting are not unlike his legacy.

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Shepard Fairey Plays Jaded Art Store Clerk on Portlandia


Shepard Fairey cameos as a jaded sales clerk in their art supply shop. The store is called Shocking Art Supplies, and it’s got all those anti-corporate art school project trappings – pre-smashed TVs, upside down flags, doll parts, and mannequins. Continue Reading