Welcome to the website of Richard Speer, author of the biography Matt Lamb: The Art of Success (John Wiley & Sons), short fiction, a forthcoming novel, and catalogue essays about contemporary artists such as Peter Halley, Jun Kaneko, Eva Hild, Henry Hillman, Jr., and Joe Thurston.
As contributing critic for ARTnews, Richard has reviewed exhibitions in New York City, San Francisco, Palm Desert, Santa Fe, Miami, Saint Petersburg, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, covering artists such as Sam Gilliam, Roger Ballen, Janet Malcolm, and Peter Halley. As contributing editor for Art, Ltd. magazine, he has written about artists such as conceptual sculptor Matthew Picton and the late Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis. Since 2001 he has written for Willamette Week, Portland's Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative newsweekly, variously covering visual arts, books, film, and opera.
Richard's articles, essays, and reviews have also appeared in The New York Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Salon, Opera News, The Huffington Post, Visual Art Source, GLASS Quarterly, Surface Design, and Digital Photo Pro. He has won accolades from The Associated Press and The Society of Professional Journalists for his profiles of cultural figures such as Philip Glass, Luciano Pavarotti, Camille Paglia, E. Fay Jones, and Barbara Branden. He lectures on cultural issues and has appeared as a talk-radio guest on KRLA (Los Angeles), WJR (Detroit), KBOO (Portland), and WUCF (Orlando).
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