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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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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

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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

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Reboot

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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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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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The ‘business’ of art

Carey Young’s ‘Uncertain Contracts’ at the RISD Museum
You could be forgiven if you sometimes thought that corporations are the root of what's wrong with the United States.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2009



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Fresh fruit and vegetables

A winter crop of art
The bleakest months of New England winter are ahead of us, so the prospect of leaving your toasty house to see art may not be at the top of your to-do list.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 04, 2010

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2009: Worth another look

The gallery highlights of 2009
The lousy economy hit home this year as Stairwell Gallery in Providence and Yes Gallery in Warren closed their doors.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 22, 2009

More closings and a question: Can galleries survive here?

The Arts
More closings and a question: Can galleries survive here?
By: GREG COOK  |  December 16, 2009

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Two sides of life

Photographs by Andy Warhol and Stewart Martin
"I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist," the Pop artist Andy Warhol wrote in 1975. "Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art."
By: GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2009

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Alternative universe

Boston Expressionism in context
In the 1930s and '40s, Boston painters developed a moody, mythic realism. They mixed social satire with depictions of street scenes, Biblical scenes, and mystical symbolic narratives, all of it darkened by the shadow of the Great Depression and World War II.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 16, 2009



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Séance

Rachel Berwick conjures ghost birds in Zugunruhe
Rachel Berwick's art is concerned with conjuring ghosts — in particular the spirits of creatures or peoples near extinction or already died out.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2009

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Striving for significance

Deborah Bright and David H. Wells at the Chazan Gallery
One of the questions in fine art is how to address the big issues of today, from our wars to global warming.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 02, 2009

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Classic Rock?

The myth of the pilgrims is so ingrained in our culture, it's a part of our national DNA. But one trip to the Plymouth area could change all that.
If you're looking for meaning in the overly sanitized myth that is our national Thanksgiving celebration, a good place to start is southeastern Massachusetts, where nearly 400 years ago that band of hungry, ill-prepared religious zealots tried to colonize the middle of nowhere at the start of winter.  
By: GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2009

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Magpie and copyist

Iris Apfel at PEM, Mary McFadden at MassArt
If you were going to recount the evolution of hippie guy fashion, you might say that what began with psychedelic ruffled shirts and corduroy pants in 1968 has in late middle age split into two streams: collarless white button-down shirts, usually buttoned right up to the neck and worn with a black vest, and Hawaiian shirts.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 24, 2009

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Airing it out

Works by Aschheim, Buck, Gottlieb, and Prine
New York painter Eve Aschheim has said that she uses geometry in her abstractions "to 'think about' the intersection of nature and cityscape. My works might suggest the chaotic geometry of the city, the expectant stillness of air, the tenuous balance of a wire line against a building."
By: GREG COOK  |  November 24, 2009


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