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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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Places that are gone

O. Winston Link and Carmel Vitullo document an era
It wasn't until the 1970s that O. Winston Link got noticed by the art world. The New Yorker had been a professional photographer since the 1930s, shooting publicity shots for an advertising firm before World War II and doing freelance commercial photography afterward. It was a decent living, but it was anonymous work.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 05, 2009

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Stop the presses

Fine art and funhouse tricks from AS220's Print Shop
Meg Turner steals the show in 5 Traverse gallery's new exhibit with her installation Santa's Worst Nightmare . Climb up a few stairs, step into a closet-sized box wallpapered with etchings of bricks, and close the old weathered door behind you.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 29, 2009

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More than a feeling

Music inspires art at the MFA, Panopticon, and the Gardner
The centerpiece of the Museum of Fine Arts' "Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs" is Candice Breitz's 2005 Queen (A Portrait of Madonna), a wall of 30 televisions, each showing a different Madonna fan singing a cappella to her 1990 greatest-hits compilation, The Immaculate Collection. They wear headphones, bob their heads, sing aloud to music we can't hear.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 21, 2009

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Wired

C.W. Roelle explores three dimensions at AS220's Project Space
Every artist aims to develop a trademark look. Most carve out an individual style within the usual tried and true playing field — a certain way with paint, a certain slant to their photos — but C.W. Roelle has accomplished the rare feat of staking out his territory off these beaten paths.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 15, 2009

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Primitive soul

Anne Siems and the folk revival
Anne Siems's paintings are time machines teleporting you back to the early days of our American republic. In her show at Walker Contemporary, the German-born, Seattle-based artist channels the endearing awkwardness of artists like John Brewster Jr., who roamed NE at the start of the 19th century painting portraits.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 14, 2009



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Breakthroughs

Summer round-ups at Tufts and Montserrat
Tufts University Art Gallery's "Sixth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition" is one of those summer sampler shows that's got about a million people in it.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 08, 2009

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Summer buffet

'Nature/Artifice' at the RISD Museum
"Nature/Artifice" at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through February 2010) feels summery, but it's not like lite beach reading. I think it has to do with the one-room show's crisp, fresh feel and the platform full of flip-flops.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 07, 2009

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Mixing it up

"Two Sculptors and a Painter" at RIC's Bannister Gallery
It seems like a simple exercise you might give students: Get a bunch of plastic bottles, lots of thread, and make some art from it. It's the kind of assignment teachers give to get students thinking about sculptural form and structure. And usually the results feel like a dumb exercise.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2009

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Ruling the waves

The golden age of Dutch sea power sails into Salem
The Dutch emerged at the dawn of the 17th century as a pre-eminent military and commercial power on the sea. They were in the midst of throwing off Spanish rule and developing a shipping empire that would reach from the Americas to South Africa to Asia.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 23, 2009

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It Does Come Easy

Ringo Starr At Chabot, Quinn Taylor At Stairwell
Ringo Starr was the best artist in the Beatles. And, I believe, the best artist to appear on Shining Time Station too. (Sorry, George Carlin.) It feels really weird to say, but it's the undisputable conclusion I drew from seeing "Ringo Starr — Artist" at Chabot Fine Art Gallery (379 Atwells Avenue, Providence, through June 27).
By: GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2009


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