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Brian Libby
Brian Libby

Brian Libby

Brian Libby is a Portland-based freelance journalist and critic writing about architecture and design, visual art and film. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, The Atlantic, Dwell, CityLab and The Oregonian, among others. Brian’s Portland Architecture blog has explored the city’s architecture and city planning since 2005. He is also the author of “Tales From the Oregon Ducks Sideline,” a history of his lifelong favorite football team. A graduate of New York University, Brian is additionally an award-winning filmmaker and photographer whose work has been exhibited at the American Institute of Architects, the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Film Center, and venues throughout the US and Europe. For more information, visit www.brianlibby.com.

This is your brain on art

Portland psychobiographer William Todd Schultz’s book “The Mind of the Artist” demystifies the driving forces behind creative inspiration.

The Elk’s compromised return

Portland’s beloved Elk statue and accompanying fountain were removed after sustaining considerable damage in the protests of 2020. The city recently announced an imminent, yet imperfect, return.

At long last, the keys to it all

A pandemic piano acquisition a century in the making: After stops in Chicago, Sioux Falls, a school music room in Tigard & more, it feels like home.

Seeing Double

Double-exposure photographs by Mike Vos, Dinh Q. Lê and Gary Burnley speak to our polarized times.

Watershed moments

The Oregon Jewish Museum reopens with a deep dive into the story of the fountains that reshaped the city.

Spaces: Artists make room for the arts

Our series on artist spaces, which began before the pandemic, continues as artists try to figure out where to make art as resources dry up and Covid-19 continues.

River and Elliott: Remembering two troubled princes of 1990s Portland

There’s a name you keep repeating You’ve got nothing better to do — Elliott Smith, “Alphabet Town” From James Dean to Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain to Heath Ledger, we have immortalized a constellation of famous artists—especially musicians and actors—who died young and,