Upfor Gallery

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Upfor is an American contemporary art gallery based in Portland, Oregon, United States, presenting primary market artworks by early and mid-career artists.[1][2][3]


The gallery opened in 2013 in its present location at 929 NW Flanders Street in Portland.[4] In its single exhibition space of 1,700 square feet (160 m2), the gallery mounts eight to ten full-scale exhibitions per year.[5] The gallery also participates in art fairs in the United States.[6] and internationally[7] The gallery was founded by Theo Downes-Le Guin, a former high technology marketing executive with an academic background in art history and sociology.[8]


Upfor’s artistic program emphasizes artists who focus on contemporary media culture; exhibited artworks often include a technology or digital component in their making and presentation.[9] Artists that Upfor represents exclusively or in conjunction with other galleries are Brenna Murphy,[10] Ben Buswell,[11] and Rodrigo Valenzuela.[12] Other notable artists who have exhibited at Upfor include Frances Stark, who's feature-length video work My Best Thing was Upfor's inaugural exhibition in 2013 ,[13] and artist Ryan Trecartin, who in 2014 screened the video Center Jenny.[14]


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  2. ^ "That Capitalist Vision of Thomas Kinkade". Portland Mercury.
  3. ^ "Srijon Chowdhury: Remembering memory". Oregon Arts Watch.
  4. ^ "The 10 Best Art Galleries in Portland's Trendy Pearl District". Theculturetrip.com. Retrieved 2016-02-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Yellow Brick Roads… A Smart Economy Is an Art Economy". Corvallis Advocate.
  6. ^ "Untitled., Miami | Sfaq / Nyaq / Aq". Sfaq.us. Retrieved 2016-02-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Highlights From Art15". News.artnet.com. 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2016-02-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Breaking: New Gallery to Open in Pearl | Portland Monthly". Pdxmonthly.com. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2016-02-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Portland Art Dealers Association welcomes newest member: Upfor Gallery". OregonLive.com. 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2016-02-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2013/10/brenna_murphy_a.html
  11. ^ http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2013/12/ben_buswell_at.html
  12. ^ http://artforum.com/picks/id=50618
  13. ^ http://www.oregonlive.com/art/index.ssf/2013/09/review_frances_starks_my_best.html
  14. ^ http://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2014/9/18/upfor-gallery-turns-1-with-art-superstar-ryan-trecartin-september-2014

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