Arthur Leipzig, Willy Ronis
Arthur Leipzig and Willy Ronis, two deep photographers exhibiting their work from the 1940s. You will be stunned at the fluidity and life captured in the works of these two fellows. They were seriously "on some next," as it were. SK Josefsberg, 403 NW 11 Ave, 241-9112, Through Jan 11
A frieze; painstaking rubber stamp, pencil, and print work on paper culminates in Francois Morelli's 137-foot long cross-section of contemporary society. In addition, Morelli will give a gallery talk on Thurs Jan 23, 5 pm. Lewis & Clark College Gallery of Contemporary Art, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, 768-7687, Jan 23-Mar 16
Paintings by Ernest Truely. Medusa Gallery and Tattoo, 420 SW Washington, 228-1008, Through Jan
Eckard will give an artist talk in the gallery on Tuesday, Jan 28, at noon. It is free. See Review. Marylhurst Art Gym, 17600 Pacific Hwy., 699-6243, Through Feb 20
Bavington makes stripe paintings--vertical bands of color that softly blur into one another and employ a decidedly cool, consumerist color palette. They belong to the Ultralounge aesthetic, as defined by Dave Hickey in the exhibit of the same name, and codified in last year's Site Santa Fe Biennial. In a nutshell, his abstractionists try to out-groovify one another, each making the slickest but tackiest, easy-on-the-eyes object or painting possible. To get an idea of what this work is like, eat a bunch of Pixie Sticks and stare at a lava lamp while listening to the American Idol CD. I guess the idea is to make art so polished and visually appealing that nobody will realize that there's nothing under the surface. I've seen black light posters more challenging than this shiny shit. CHAS BOWIE Pulliam Deffenbaugh, 522 NW 12th Ave, 228-6665, Through Feb 1
John E. Buchanan, Jr.
PAM's executive director lectures on Paris to Portland: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masters in Portland Collections. Joining him is Dr. Richard R. Brettell, "renowned Impressionist scholar," and Joachim and Lionel Pissarro, great-grandsons of Camille Pissarro. If you don't know who Camille Pissarro is, Dr. Richard R. Brettell can tell you. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, 226-2811, Sun Jan 26, 2 pm