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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


The surreal world

Dreamworks by Corey Grayhorse at AS220
Corey Grayhorse offers a style of synthetic glitz that seems to channel our society’s plastic, superficial heart.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 20, 2010


Power plays

The Maya and the Kennedys at the Peabody Essex
Some weeks back, I got to listen to Brown University archæology professor Stephen Houston pronounce the throaty, staccato sounds of Maya hieroglyphs carved across a six-foot-wide limestone panel.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010


Delightful details

Mary Jane Begin’s wonderland realism at Providence Art Club
Mary Jane Begin’s exhibit “Back to the Future: From The Wind In the Willows to Willow Buds” at the Providence Art Club’s Dodge House Gallery showcases her child’s fantasy wonderland realism.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 12, 2010

Nature studies

New works by Catherine Hamilton and Susan Twaddell
“A bird feeder,” Hamilton writes in her artist statement, “creates an intensified microcosm of the trials and hardships of avian existence.”
By: GREG COOK  |  May 05, 2010


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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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