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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Living history

Bert Gallery turns 25
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Bert Gallery, which Catherine Little Bert and her father-in-law Hugo Bert (who'd run Cottage Gallery in North Providence) opened in the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence in 1985.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2010


Lighting history

The Gardner Museum takes a chance on the new
On January 1, 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner invited 300 guests to a private concert by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the opening of her new museum on the Fenway. After performances of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, the mirrored doors of the first-floor concert room rolled open to reveal an extraordinary vision.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2010



The new DeCordova 'Annual,' plus the BCA's studio artists
Portland artist Randy Regier's work is just beginning to be known, but he may be one of the best sculptors in the country.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 26, 2010


Beautiful garbage

‘Trash’ — and more — at AS220 and Project Space
"Trash" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through January 29) focuses on our love-hate relationship with garbage
By: GREG COOK  |  January 20, 2010


Works in progress

Photography after Facebook at the PRC, 'Boston Does Boston III' at Proof, and Taro Shinoda at Gardner
Back in October, Minnesota photographer Alec Soth spoke at MassArt. "Facebook: 15 billion uploaded photos," he said. "At its busiest, 550,000 images each second being uploaded. So I've been struggling with that. How do I function as a photographer in that environment?"
By: GREG COOK  |  January 12, 2010


Visions of hope

‘Coming Out’ at Firehouse 13; Dery and Easton at 5 Traverse
Shannon Heuklom of Providence spent the past two summers helping at a rural clinic, serving some 2000 HIV-positive patients, that is run by the nonprofit Hope Through Health in the West African nation of Togo.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 13, 2010


Modern times

Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
By: GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2010


2009: The year in art

Saints, sinners, paint
The year started off with a kick in the teeth when, in January, Brandeis University announced plans to shutter its Rose Art Museum and sell off its masterpieces.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2009

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