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Puppet pageants

The influential art of Jim Henson and Peter Schumann
In the beginning, there was Kermit. Not Kermit the Frog — not just yet. That would come nearly 15 years later.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010

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Random stuff

Versteeg’s ‘In advance of Another Thing,’ ‘Sitings 2010’ at RISD
If you were going to create a portrait of the Internet, what would it look like?
By: GREG COOK  |  April 28, 2010

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Making the rounds

New exhibits at the Spot and AS220
The Spot offers a pair of quirky halls that sprout smaller nooks and crannies.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 21, 2010

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Cheap thrills

The inky delights of Dr. Lakra
They say Dr. Lakra got his pen name from the doctor’s bag he carried around when he first began tattooing, two decades ago. “Lakra” puns on the Spanish word “lacra,” meaning scar or blemish, but it’s also slang for “delinquent” or “scumbag.”
By: GREG COOK  |  April 21, 2010

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The horror

‘The Armenian Genocide: 95 Years Later’
In April 1915, Turks of the Ottoman Empire began killing the Armenians in their midst.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 22, 2010

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Passage to India

Fazal Sheikh’s ‘Beloved Daughters’ at the Bell Gallery
Activist-photographer Fazal Sheikh’s tales of women from the Indian holy city of Vrindavan are devastating.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 22, 2010



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High concept

‘Artadia Boston’ at the BCA, plus terracotta at the Gardner
The stars of the “Artadia Boston” exhibit at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery are Raúl González’s manic-Injun drawings.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 06, 2010

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Open to interpretation

‘Abstraction in Providence’ at RIC’s Bannister Gallery
For decades, abstraction dominated avant-garde discourse, as painters worked to break art down to its basic elements, stripping away more and more of what seemed necessary to a painting, and then stripping away even more.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 31, 2010

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Joyride

The Worcester Art Museum shows us ‘Who Shot Rock & Roll’
It is May 1966, in the Prelude Club in Harlem, an Atlantic Records release party.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2010

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Ravishing beauty

‘Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line’ at the RISD Museum
The wreckage at the end of Modernist art's main thrust is the starting point for "Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line," a four-decade retrospective of the New Yorker's drawings at the RISD Museum.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 17, 2010

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The news from No Place

Saya Woolfalk and the feminist 'heretics'
Saya Woolfalk first grabbed people's attention around 2005, with playful-serious installations and videos in which performers masked in bright, patchwork fabric costumes of cartoon leaves and long swinging dreadlocks jumped around small rooms decorated like cartoon paradises.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 10, 2010



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Dynamic duo

Doug Bosch and Stephen Fisher in RIC’s ‘Sabbatical Exhibition’
Faculty exhibitions tend to be hodgepodges, no matter how prestigious the school. But "Sabbatical Exhibition" is a delightful exception.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 10, 2010

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Tall stories

Puppets, painted poetry, and the Kennedys
The Institute of Contemporary Art gets down and dirty this spring with Mexican artist Jerónimo López Ramírez, who's better known as DR. LAKRA — or, as they might say in his home of Oaxaca, "Dr. Delinquent."
By: GREG COOK  |  March 11, 2010

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The outside world

Five artists ‘On Nature’ at the Chazan Gallery
For some time now, Providence artist Adrianne Evans has been mulling natural processes in her art.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 03, 2010

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Cubism and collage

M.F. Husain at Brown, Keith Waldrop at AS220 Project Space
Maqbool Fida Husain has long been known as one of the grand old men of Indian art.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 24, 2010

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Cube root

Roni Horn at the ICA, Andrea Fraser at Harvard
"I've been told it's the largest single piece of glass in the world," Helen Molesworth, the Institute of Contemporary Art's new chief curator, said at a press preview last week.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 01, 2010



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Purposeful randomness

‘Experiments, Memory & Devices’ at BCC
"How do I absorb all this beauty," Leslie Schomp writes in Diary (2010), an open cloth notebook resting on a wood stand.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 17, 2010

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A walk on the wild side

The Combat Zone, plus burlesque, drag, cross-dressing, and the avant-garde
Everyone looks so weary in Howard Yezerski Gallery's gritty documentary photos of Boston's dear departed Combat Zone from 1969 to 1978. The year's still young, but this glimpse into our past from Roswell Angier, Jerry Berndt, and John Goodman may be one of the best shows of 2010.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 16, 2010

5 Traverse is shutting its doors

Adventurous art is getting harder to find in Providence
Last week 5 Traverse gallery announced that it was closing.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2010

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Tax dollars at work

Imago hosts the ‘2010 RISCA Fellowship Exhibit’
The standout piece in the "2010 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition" is Alison Owen's hand-drawn wallpaper installation.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2010

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Bon appétit!

The delicious art of Luis Meléndez
Luis Meléndez himself greets you at the outset of "Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life" at the Museum of Fine Arts. He seems a haughty 31-year-old in this 1746 self-portrait, standing in a fine silk coat and ruffled shirt and holding up a chalk drawing (note the chalk in his hand) of a hunky nude dude.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 09, 2010


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