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Barry Johnson


Barry Johnson has written and edited arts and culture stories since 1978, when he started writing about dance for the Seattle Sun. He edited the arts section of Willamette Week before moving to The Oregonian, where he worked for 26 years. He is currently the executive editor of Oregon Arts Watch, a new arts and culture journalism project.

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Recent Articles

Arts | local

PICA and the Warhol Foundation Will Fund Edgy Art Projects

OPB | Jan. 23, 2013 7 a.m.

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art has received a two-year Warhol Foundation grant to seed artist-driven projects in Portland.

Arts | local

Susan Mach's 'A Noble Failure': The Limits of the Test

OPB | Jan. 16, 2013 7:15 a.m.

Oregon Arts Watch Editor Barry Johnson shares his thoughts about A Noble Failure, Susan Mach's smart, sharp and polished play, which recently premiered at Third Rail Repertory Theatre.

Arts

Weekend Wrap: Sacco, Blues & 'Jamb'

OPB | May 28, 2012 5 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, the editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, adds comics, musical theater and dance to his weekend of grilling.

Arts

Weekend Wrap: Architects, Writers & Artists

OPB | May 20, 2012 5 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, spent the weekend listening to other people talk.

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Weekend Wrap: Imago Theatre's 'The Black Lizard'

OPB | May 13, 2012 5 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, dropped into the surreal soup of Imago for "The Black Lizard."

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Weekend Wrap: 45th Parallel & Jazz

OPB | May 6, 2012 8 p.m.

Arts journalist Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, found himself surrounded by music this weekend.

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Weekend Wrap: 'Next to Normal' & 'Black Pearl Sings!'

OPB | April 29, 2012 5 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, finds some great singing at the theater this weekend.

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Weekend Wrap: Göteborg Ballet & 'Anna Karenina'

OPB | April 15, 2012 5 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, the editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, enjoyed the fruits of Europe's labors at the Göteborg Ballet and Anna Karenina.

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Weekend Wrap: Art Exercise

OPB | April 8, 2012 5 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, lolled in the sun in between his stops on a weekend gallery expedition.

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Weekend Wrap: Betty Feves & Portland Playhouse

OPB | April 1, 2012 5 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, took his lessons from the great Oregon artist Betty Feves and the Portland Playhouse's homecoming show.

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Weekend Wrap: Mark Rothko

OPB | March 18, 2012 5 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, goes hunting for Mark Rothkowitz.

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Weekend Wrap: Rothko & 'Race'

OPB | March 11, 2012 5 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, the editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, kept his Mark Rothko momentum going this weekend, and he encountered David Mamet's Race at Artists Rep.

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Weekend Wrap: Portland Playhouse

OPB | March 4, 2012 4 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, talks about Portland Playhouse and the repair of the city in this week's post.

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Weekend Wrap: 'Red,' Rothko & 'Giselle'

OPB | Feb. 26, 2012 4 p.m.

Arts journalist Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon Arts Watch, debated the meaning of art with Mark Rothko before following Giselle deep into a fairy tale.

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Weekend Wrap: John Cage & 'Day of the Docent'

OPB | Feb. 20, 2012 4 p.m.

Arts journalist Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, celebrated John Cage's centennial and caught Ebbe Roe Smith's satire of Hollywood, Day of the Docent.

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Weekend Wrap: Chamber Music Northwest & 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

OPB | Feb. 12, 2012 5 p.m.

Arts journalist Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon Arts Watch, finds that sometimes you guess right and it's better than you expected.

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Weekend Wrap: skinner/kirk & 'Cymbeline'

OPB | Feb. 5, 2012 6 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, the editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, saw the Giants defeat the Patriots Sunday, but his greater reward this weekend came in the theater.

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Weekend Wrap: Fertile Ground

OPB | Jan. 29, 2012 4 p.m.

Arts writer Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, finally found his way to Fertile Ground and enjoyed the blooming flowers.

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Weekend Wrap: '(I Am Still) The Duchess of Malfi' & 'The North Plan'

OPB | Jan. 15, 2012 4 p.m.

Barry Johnson spent the weekend with two great and gritty women characters.

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Weekend Wrap: Hunter Gatherers & Robert Hanson

OPB | Jan. 8, 2012 4 p.m.

Arts journalist Barry Johnson, editor of Oregon ArtsWatch, takes in the farce Hunter Gatherers and then checks out the Portland Art Museum's exhibition on the late Robert Hanson.