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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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Art in America

From the Old West to middle-class guys
The legend of the Old West's cowboys and Indians, flinty pioneers and buffalo killers, sheriffs and gunslingers started with the tall tales that cowboys themselves told of their glorious exploits.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 19, 2009

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Time Machines

New pictures from old negatives at the PPL
There is a golden formula in photography: photo plus time equals increasing allure. Old books and poetry, old television and movies can turn stilted, tedious. But photos seem to grow ever more compelling with age, even if the shots were boring when they were first made.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 12, 2009



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Water world

Surfing photos in Salem, new talent at PRC
What's the difference between art photography and fashion photography? That's the question I kept wondering about at Joni Sternbach's "SurfLand" exhibition at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 09, 2009

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Their back pages

'Book As Post Modern Medium (The Book Show)' at 5 Traverse
An often overlooked factor of Providence's underground art scene that flourished in the decade bookending the start of the millennium was the central place of the zine.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2009

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Make a run for the border

Edward Weston in Mexico, plus modern Mexican prints
In August 1923, photographer Edward Weston left his wife and three of his four sons in Los Angeles and headed to Mexico City.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2009

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Will Brandeis sell out the Rose?

As the clock ticks down, the world-renowned museum confronts the art of survival
Will Brandeis take the money and run?
By: GREG COOK  |  May 15, 2009

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Web-Slinger

Spider webs and plastic baby dolls at AS220
Liz Collins's Doll Cave at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through May 23) drapes the gallery with loosely-knit walls that look like spider webs or giant white granny shawls.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 13, 2009


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