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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


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


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


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


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


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


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

woman vacuuming pop art by Martha Rosler

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


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


'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


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


'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


Artists probe atrocities, the atmosphere, and yarn

Research and development
For several months, Georgie Friedman has been collaborating with a couple of friends in Oregon who've been launching high-altitude balloons bearing cameras into the stratosphere. Now the Jamaica Plain artist finally debuts this æsthetic research in her show at Carroll and Sons.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 11, 2011


Museums and Galleries preview: Looking ahead

Marianetti, Sharlin, Schnitt, and "Feminism Now"
In November, incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner and fellow Republicans called for the Smithsonian to shutter its National Portrait Gallery show surveying gay identity in a century of art.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 29, 2010


10 must-visit New England art exhibits for early 2011

Gorey's "Enigmas," La Farge's Tahiti, Fig's studios, Perry Welty's voicemail
During the icy months of the gray heart of the Boston winter, art offers a chance for you to travel to the balmy South Seas and, via a brainy conceptual artist, the streets of Mexico City. Winter shows also offer a chance to travel through history, from Rembrandt to overlooked women Pop Artists, from early computer art to Edward Gorey's gothic whimsies.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 29, 2010


10 exhibits that are worth another look

Excellent expressions
Here's our rundown of the best art of '10.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 22, 2010


Top 10 New England Art Exhibits of 2010

Art – and art spaces — of all sizes
Art – and art spaces — of all sizes
By: GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2010


Brown's 'Faculty Triennial 2010'

From spectacles to data dumps
Enter music composer Todd Winkler's installation Glint and you find yourself in a small, dark room, surrounded on three sides by projected video of water, and installation art's requisite electronic drone soundtrack.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 15, 2010


Drawn together: The MFA's 'Fresh Ink'

Plus Neal Rantoul and 'Boston Does Boston'
The Museum of Fine Arts' "Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition" exhibit sounds like a cool idea.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 15, 2010


MFA reinstates women's art prize

By: GREG COOK  |  December 08, 2010


Review: Roustan at AS220; and 'Seeing Through Lines'

Objects and abstracts
Paul Roustan is a virtuoso painter of odd subjects. Namely, the Pawtucket artist airbrushes makeup directly onto the naked bodies of fit models, which he presents in photographs.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 08, 2010

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