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MFA neglects to award prize for neglected female artists

Missing Maud Dept.
In 1993, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, friends of prominent Cambridge artist Maud Morgan donated funds to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to establish a prize in her name. (She died six years later.) The Maud Morgan Purchase Prize would celebrate under-appreciated mid-career Massachusetts female artists.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2009

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Lasting impressions

RISD’s ‘The Brilliant Line’ details the history of engraving
The Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries didn't become known as the European age of rebirth for nothing.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2009

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Weather reports

Landscape nostalgia, plus climate, the nature of community, and drawing show #21
One of the great themes in America is nostalgia for the "good old days," which flame into being and then fade into the distance.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009

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Graffiti gone good

Healing Art Dept.
One after another, young patients approach Caleb Neelon as he paints in the lobby of Children's Hospital Boston.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 30, 2009

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The digerarti

 ‘Pixilerations’ plugs in Providence art
Strapped into Erik Conrad’s electronic vest, I stood waiting for the personal digital assistant, attached by a wire to the outfit, to make a GPS connection.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2009

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Gang of six

‘4 Thieves’ at Firehouse 13; Mays and Sgouros at the PAC
Around town lately, you may have noted the screenprint that Andrew Moon Bain designed for the four-person exhibit “4 Thieves” at Firehouse 13.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2009



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Love bug

Damián Ortega rides into the ICA
At the 2003 Venice Biennale, Damián Ortega presented what has become his signature sculpture, Cosmic Thing . He dissected a 1989 Volkswagen Beetle and suspended the individual parts in mid air so that they resemble a 3-D assembly diagram.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2009

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Take a look

New spaces and fresh faces
A year ago the future looked bright as the RISD Museum debuted its shiny new Chace Center.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2009

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Water, benign and fierce

Sailing photos at Moses Brown, Katrina’s aftermath at Brown
In Onne van der Wal's sailing photos, it seems the weather is always balmy and the golden sun always setting. The Jamestown resident's exhibit at Moses Brown School's Krause Gallery (250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, through October 2) depicts a world that's forever at its endless summer, can't-get-any-better-than-this peak.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 15, 2009

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Pottery, Potter, mummies, and a 'Rare Bird'

Museums and galleries gather their objets d'art
The art of 2000 BC Egypt, visions from the Iraq War and AIDS activism, and the magic of a digital technology and Harry Potter make up the highlights of Boston's autumn art calendar.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 15, 2009

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Allegorical expressions

Lydia Stein's “Love Songs, Hobos & Other Spirits”
Horses break loose from carnival carousels and run free, a horse-headed naked woman cuddles a rabbit as blue birds circle, and an escaped carousel horse visits the grave of a flower in Providence artist Lydia Stein's exhibit "Love Songs, Hobos & Other Spirits" at AS220's Project Space.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 09, 2009



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Dark and light sides of pleasure

Kirsten Hassenfeld's place of "endless plenty" at Bell Gallery
"I want to create a place where people can take a little vacation from reality," Brooklyn artist Kirsten Hassenfeld has said. "I'm interested in going to a place where there is no want, only endless plenty." In "Recent Sculpture," her exhibit at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College Street, Providence, through November 1), she succeeds magnificently.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 02, 2009

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Photos: Kirsten Hassenfeld at Bell Gallery

Kirsten Hassenfeld at Bell Gallery, Brown University, until Nov. 1, 2009.
Photos from Hassenfeld's show at the Bell Gallery
By: GREG COOK  |  September 01, 2009

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Architecture of Heaven and Earth

Félix Candela's curves, Walter Gropius's boxes
Looking at the wavy roofs of Félix Candela's most iconic structures, like the restaurant Los Manatiales (1958) in Mexico City, I think of pinwheels or the fluttering dress of a spinning dancer.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 02, 2009

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Magical mystery tour

Michael Bizon's 'Cypheromantic' at 5 Traverse
Last Friday, I hopped over a guardrail, skirted the manicured lawn of a Providence golf course, scampered into trees, and clutched a rope (conveniently tied to a nearby tree) as I gingerly stepped down a slippery dirt slope toward Michael Bizon's secret art project. The trail stopped at the edge of a cliff of broken-up concrete with a tangle of rusty rebar snaking out.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 25, 2009

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Photos: Demolition Derbies

Photos of demolition derbies and races around New England
Photos of demolition derbies around New England
By: GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2009



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Crash for clunkers

With the economy breaking down and the world spinning out of control, America looks for hope . . . in demolition derbies?
An air horn calls the demolition derby to a halt, as firefighters dash across the Brockton Fair's muddy track and shove an extinguisher under the hood of one of the banged-up cars.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2009

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Mixed moods

Big statements at Top Drawer Art Center
The painting that sticks in my mind from "Beyond Will Power: The 5th Annual Top Drawer Group Show" at Top Drawer Art Center (2731 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, through September 4) is Anthony Brun's mixed-media painting Jason Killed Freddy .
By: GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2009

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Simple gifts

Master architects: The Greenes at the MFA, Frank Lloyd Wright in Manchester
Charles and Henry Greene came to Boston in 1888 to study architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2009

Trucking along with the Mobile Art Project

Street Art
When the Hera Gallery left its customary perch on Main Street in Wakefield last fall for a time, artist and curator Viera Levitt started thinking of ways to bring art back to the heart of South County. She struck upon the idea of the Mobile Art Project and this week it's hitting the road with stops in West Kingston, Peace Dale, and Providence.  
By: GREG COOK  |  August 12, 2009

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Blake babies

New visions at the BCA and the ICA
Nature is mysterious and mystical in "And the fair Moon rejoices" (at the BCA's Mills Gallery through August 16), as foreign as the wilds of New England probably seemed to its first English settlers. And maybe there are witches about.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 05, 2009


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