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Cambridge author Caleb Neelon traces graffiti's hidden history

It was written
'TAKI 183' SPAWNS PEN PALS, announced the headline in the July 21, 1971, New York Times .  
By: GREG COOK  |  April 04, 2011

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Review: Growing up fast in 'Dancing Your Bedroom'

Inner sanctum
"Dancing In Your Bedroom," at the Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School (228 Angell Street, Providence, through April 9), appears to have teleported stuffed animals, posters, bookbags, and the disheveled beds of teens right into the space.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 30, 2011

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Review: Jay Zehngebot's 'Our Sentry' blurs the boundaries

Virtual war games
On Saturday, the eighth anniversary of the start of our Iraq War passed mostly without notice except for some smallish protests in Providence, Washington, and elsewhere.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 22, 2011

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The proto-web utopian consciousness of Stan VanDerBeek

Psychadelic, man!
In April 1966, sheriff's deputies were hiding in bushes, peering into a mansion that had been turned into a headquarters and commune for LSD guru Timothy Leary and his pals at Millbrook, New York.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2011

Inauguration portrait by Catherine Opie

Too much of a good thing in museums and galleries this Spring

Big Three plus
This spring brings major exhibits by three of the biggest names in contemporary art.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 15, 2011

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Review: Wlodzimierz Ksiazek's abstract expressions at RIC

Energetic textures and surfaces
Wlodzimierz Ksiazek's exhibit of chunky, muscular abstract paintings at Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery (600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, through March 30) is a dose of the old-time religion.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 15, 2011



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Review: 'Crossing Currents: Feminism Now' at URI

Showcase sans statements
One of the cool developments of the past decade has been the reassessment and historical embrace of the founding feminist art of the 1960s and '70s.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 09, 2011

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The Van Otterloo collection at the Peabody Essex Museum

Solid gold
Some years back, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo began collecting horse carriages, until they completely filled their New Hampshire barn.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2011

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Imagine there's no culture

Voids
A Providence coalition of art organizations dubbed Culture Stops is calling for arts stoppages across the country on March 10 to model the potential effects of slashed government arts funding. Their slogan: "Witness a world devoid of creativity, imagination and thought."
By: GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2011

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Review: RISD's '2011 Faculty Biennial' impresses and inspires

A visual buffet
The Rhode Island School of Design's "2011 Faculty Biennial" at the RISD Museum (20 North Main Street, Providence, through March 20) features more than 200 teachers for a varied buffet ranging from tangled noodley junk sculpture to sleek architecture designs to loose abstract paintings.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2011

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Puppet Protestors: Free Bradley Manning!

Insecurity Theater
Bread and Puppet Theater arrived at MIT Monday night to premiere Manning , its show dedicated to Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old Army private who has been locked in a Virginia military prison since last year, accused of giving thousands of secret American war records and diplomatic files to WikiLeaks.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 23, 2011



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Review: The eye-popping vitality of 'Printed in Providence'

Lasting impressions
Providence printmaking continues to be the primary representative of the city's art in books from Street World (2007) to Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today (2009) to the Museum of Modern Art's Modern Women (2010). It's a printmaking of posters and zines, do-it-yourself art often operating underground, on the streets, outside the usual institutions.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 23, 2011

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Gabriel Kuri and Francis Alÿs look at the ordinary

Magical thinking
It feels a bit like the art-world version of some twins-separated-at-birth Disney comedy: one artist born in Mexico who lives in Belgium, and one born in Belgium who lives in Mexico.  
By: GREG COOK  |  February 22, 2011

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Review: Gorey at the Athenæum, animation at MassArt

Cartoon network
In Edward Gorey's old-timey illustrated books, parents leave on an excursion and never return, friends enter a tunnel and never come out, a mother falls ill and dies, a man driving around searching for his lost daughter runs over her with his car, a peculiar bird appears at a house and stays for 17 years.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2011

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Review: Striking work by Torsone, Sharlin, and Udvardy

Bold and beautiful
In her awesomely charming show "Mixed Messages" at Craftland (235 Westminster Street, Providence, through February 26), Providence artist Arley-Rose Torsone fills one wall with a grid of 72 letters, each hand-painted on its own square of wood.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 15, 2011

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Review: 'The 2011 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition'

The art of the state
For some years I've been looking forward to Lorelei Pepi's animated cartoon Happy & Gay .
By: GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2011



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Women and Welty

Giving women Pop artists their due, plus Rachel Perry Welty
"I was just compulsively doing these things when my son went to sleep," Martha Rosler recalls of her 1960s collages of photos and magazine clippings. "Having a child meant that you were not a serious person. It meant that you were willing to give up studio time for nappy time."
By: GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2011

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Louise Marianetti at Bert Gallery; plus, Brian Knep at RISD

Into the mystic
The starched woman in Louise Marianetti's 1942 painting holds a copy of the libretto to Verdi's Aida . Her blonde ringlets are decorated with flowers, a pair of blue birds, and a veil. But what sticks with you how she stares with her eerie blue eyes.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 01, 2011

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'Collision' showcases scatter art at the RISD Museum

Chaotic collection
"Collision," in which 17 artists were invited to install pretty much whatever they wanted in the RISD Museum of Art's Farago Gallery (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through June 19), typifies one of the major flavors of art of the past decade.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 25, 2011

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Scott Alario, Angela Ruo, and David Wojnarowicz at AS220

Realism and rituals
Two years ago, when his daughter Elska was born, Scott Alario of Providence began making her the star of a series of photos he calls Our Fable . "I wanted to tell her stories. I wanted to pass something down to her," he says. "It's my attempt to build a folk tale for my daughter."
By: GREG COOK  |  January 18, 2011

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'Curiouser' encounters at the Museum of Natural History

Where the wild things are
The exhibit "Curiouser: New Encounters with the Victorian Natural History Collection" in the lobby of the Museum of Natural History takes as its title Alice's exclamation of surprise early in her adventures down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .
By: GREG COOK  |  January 11, 2011


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