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Peter Max's pop life

The artist on fame, Andy Warhol, and the 'complete freedom' of his expression
Peter Max rocketed to fame as one of the iconic psychedelic artists of the late '60s.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2010


Review: William Steig's gentle genius

Sweet curmudgeon
Is anything more delicious than being naughty? That might be the moral of William Steig's 1990 kids' picture book Shrek! — if Shrek! were the kind of story that has a moral.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2010


AS220 at 25

A lively oral history of Providence's artistic Mecca
You might say it all began with a thumbs-down review of an art exhibit by Umberto Crenca. To Bert and his friends, it was just one more example of how they were excluded by the art establishment.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 13, 2010


Cultural studies in Newport

'Surf Island' and 'The Japan Craze' at Newport Art Museum
Jason Evans's bread and butter is commercial sports photography, shooting the likes of Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, and tennis stars Roger Federer, Venus Williams, and Lindsay Davenport.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 11, 2010


Tracking time

Mark Ruwedel at PEM, Jerome Liebling at the Currier
The tracks run side by side across cracked, dried mud. But this black-and-white photo by Mark Ruwedel is deceptive.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 03, 2010


Remain in light

Linda Connor's sacred 'Odyssey' at the RISD Museum
In the late 1970s, Linda Connor began photographing sacred sites.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 21, 2010


It's a man's man's world

Charles LeDray at the ICA
Charles LeDray's World's Greatest Dad describes the toughest bastard ever to swagger across the planet.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 03, 2010


Finding art in the oil

Emergency Benefit Dept.
Heide Hatry might not be the first person you'd think of to come out swinging in favor of all the pelicans and turtles screwed by British Petroleum's ongoing sliming of the Gulf of Mexico.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 14, 2010


'Round town: ''Cultivar'' and ''Sleight of Hand''

New works at AS220 and Craftland
Jen Raimondi’s “Cultivar” exhibit turns AS220’s Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through July 24) into something of a haunted house, with odd stuff sprouting from bouquets of dried flowers and silicone replicas of human bones.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2010


New directions

Docu vs. deadpan at the PRC, and new painting at BU’s 808
Listen carefully: is the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University throwing down the gauntlet? "I'm interested in bringing more documentary into the PRC," says Glenn Ruga, who became executive director in February.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 14, 2010


He put a spell on you

An 'unofficial' installation raises questions about what's right and wrong with public art
Brandon Nastanski had e-mailed me a map to his Unofficial Franklin Park Research Outpost, but it's a good thing he met me at the park's Glen Road entrance to lead me in, because I would have never found it on my own. Even when I went back by myself later, I got lost going in, and lost again coming out.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 08, 2010


A familiar strangeness

'Voice Over' at Brown's Bell Gallery
For several years, Woonsocket sculptor Jon Laustsen has demonstrated a curious and original vision with a series of model construction sites that resembled 1/8-scale roller coasters, or perhaps the outer wall of the Providence Place Mall, or a landscape of miniature buildings with one at the end mysteriously torched.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 07, 2010


Unholy contraptions

Tavares Strachan's rockets, plus 'The Boat Show' at Drive By, and 'Sensed, Unseen' at GASP
In Tavares Strachan's video The Rocket Launch (2009), two black men in white chemical suits load sugar cane into the back of a three-wheeled mini-truck, then drive down a palm-tree-lined road to a run-down building labeled Bahamas Aerospace and Sea Exploration Center.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 23, 2010


The Seeker

 Salvatore Mancini’s quest for elemental connections
Salvatore Mancini has photographed factories along the Blackstone River Valley to record a local history of the Industrial Revolution.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2010


Majestic mysteries

Intriguing installations by Lowe, Elston, and Younger
Though your brain knows better, you can’t help getting the feeling that the moon sitting in the RISD Museum’s Farago Gallery has floated down from space.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010


Art in the air conditioning

Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2010


In 'The Tradition'

Bannister’s ‘Five From Providence’ honors its namesake
In 1978, Rhode Island College presented “Four from Providence.” The exhibit was a call to revitalize the reputations of four Providence artists of color who had often been overlooked since their peaks in the late 19th and early 20th century.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2010


Head games

Deb Todd Wheeler and Ben Sloat give conceptual art a kick
One of the best artworks seen around here in recent years was Newton artist Deb Todd Wheeler's installation Live Experiments in Human Energy Exchange , at the (now defunct) Green Street Gallery in Jamaica Plain in 2006.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2010


Finding a niche

The DeCordova's sculpture; Judi Rotenberg's farewell
The DeCordova's sculpture; Judi Rotenberg's farewell
By: GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2010


Minimalism and mementos

Jamey Morrill's sculptures and 'souvenirs' at Craftland
After 5 Traverse gallery closed in February, crackerjack curator Maya Allison, who was co-director there, lined up a handful of small independent projects and seemed like she might be on her way to starting her own operation before she landed a gig as curator at Brown University's Bell Gallery, which she began this week.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2010


Celebration of sensation

RISD’s ‘2010 Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition’  
The Rhode Island School of Design’s “Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition” typically has too many people doing too many different things for any common themes to emerge. But prominent installations in this year’s showcase at the Rhode Island Convention Center of more than 170 students receiving graduate degrees give the shindig a carnival vibe.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 27, 2010

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