Welcome to the website of American author, art critic, and curator Richard Speer. Richard's book projects include the biography of Outsider artist Matt Lamb, Matt Lamb: The Art of Success (John Wiley & Sons, 2005, revised edition 2013); Henry Hillman: Illuminating the Fourth Dimension (Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 2008); HALLEY/MENDINI (Mary Boone Gallery, 2013); Peter Halley: Boats Figures Trees Crosses 1977-78 (Karma NYC, 2017); Eric Wert (Pomegranate Books, 2018); and All Was Whiteness Floating: Sam Francis in Japan (forthcoming, LACMA), supported by a grant from the Sam Francis Foundation.
As contributing critic for ARTnews, Artpulse, Visual Art Source, and Art, Ltd., 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. From 2002 to 2015 he was visual-arts critic at Willamette Week, Portland's Pulitzer Prize-winning alternative newsweekly. He has penned catalogue essays about some of the world's leading contemporary artists. As a curator, he is helming several projects involving major artists, museums, and nonprofits in the United States and abroad, among them the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon, Eugene). Click here for curriculum vitae.
Richard's articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, The Oregonian, Newsweek, Salon, Opera News, The Huffington Post, 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).
If these achievements leave you cold and you would rather ogle Richard and his out-of-control friends disturbing the peace in Portland, Oregon, then click here, you shameless philistine. For photos of Richard ensconced with celebrities, politicians, and the one and only Richard Simmons, click here. To see photographs taken by Richard, click here. To email Richard, click here.