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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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Rock n' Roll saves the day

'Inappropriate Covers' at Brown's Bell Gallery
One way to keep dry, academic art theorizing from getting too, well, dry and academic is to inject some rock and roll.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 06, 2009


Coolidge compliments Quays

Puppet Masters
If you don't know the films of the Quay Brothers, you don't know animation.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 29, 2009


Our digital landscape

The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Fest
The installation Children of Arcadia convinced me that the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival isn’t going to suck.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 28, 2009


Ticket to ride

Lyon and Blasser's 'Sound and Light'
Raphael Lyon tells me a story about "Sound and Light," his collaborative installation with Baltimore's Peter Blasser at Stairwell Gallery
By: GREG COOK  |  April 21, 2009


Boston exposures

Photography by Nicholas Nixon and Joe Johnson
Photographer Nicholas Nixon of Brookline first burst onto the scene in the show "New Topographics."
By: GREG COOK  |  April 21, 2009


The Chair Man

A major Breuer retrospective opens at RISD
It is one of the icons of 20th-century design. What distinguishes Marcel Breuer's B34 armchair from 1928 is its materials (fabric seats slung between steel tubing) and the lack of rear legs.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 27, 2009


Fabulous fakes

Author confronts his Facebook impersonator and reviews her exhibit
The e-mail from "Craig Cook" arrived on March 2. It directed me to a Facebook page pretending to be Greg Cook's, and a YouTube video. I was busy, so I watched only the beginning of the latter.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 13, 2009


The moving pictures

David Polonsky and the Festival of Contemporary Animation
There are moments when, by coincidence or an aligning of the stars, something amazing accidentally comes together. Here in Providence, next week is one of those times.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 07, 2009


Slideshow: Contemporary animation in Providence

Waltz with Bashir art director speaks, plus Festival of Contemporary Animation
Next week in Providence, two unrelated but complimentary events combine to create one of the finest showcases of contemporary animation that you’ll probably find anywhere in North America this year. And it’s all free.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2009


Slideshow: Miracle 5 at Space 242

"The Miracle 5 Present 'Holy GJYDhad!' By Yassy Goldie" at Space 242 through April 17.
"The Miracle 5 Present 'Holy GJYDhad!' By Yassy Goldie" at Space 242  
By: GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2009


Video vérité

'Acting Out' at the ICA, plus Eileen Quinlan
Javier Téllez's 2007 black-and-white film "Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See" starts with a catchy premise: he gathered six blind New Yorkers at an empty public pool in Brooklyn to act out the fable of the blind men and the elephant.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2009


Slideshow: Chunky Move at ICA

Chunky Move performs I Want to Dance Better at Parties at the Institute of Contemporary Art, March 27, 2009
The Australian troupe Chunky Move performed its 2004 work I Want to Dance Better at Parties at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art from March 27 to 29.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2009


Slideshow: Martin Ramirez at Nielsen Gallery

A rare show of “One of the greatest artists of the 20th century”
Drawings from Martin Ramirez at Nielsen Gallery
By: GREG COOK  |  April 02, 2009


Lows, highs, and middles

A mixed bag at the RISD Museum
Yousuf Karsh is one of the giants of portrait photography.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009


East meets West

'Shôwa' at the MFA, and Mrs. Gardner's Asian tour
The paintings in "Shôwa Sophistication" at the Museum of Fine Arts are like the dreamiest travel posters you've ever seen.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009


Seeing music

'The Sight of Sound' at Machines With Magnets
"The Sight of Sound" at Machines with Magnets focuses on the impetus behind much locally-made art: music.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 30, 2009


Slideshow: St. Patrick's Day Parade in Southie

Photos of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston, March 15, 2009.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade in the South Boston
By: GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2009


Slideshow: X-ray reveals secrets of Tintoretto's painting

“Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice” at the MFA.
Jacopo Tintoretto’s painting Nativity , in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, has long puzzled scholars because of its odd composition.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2009


Under construction

Jon Laustsen's surreal minimalist mutations
Jon Laustsen's sculptures are like a contractor's dreams rendered in miniature.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 04, 2009


The whiff of art

Heide Hatry, Misaki Kawai, Andrew Mowbray, and William Pope.L
The stench came from the rotting corpse — well, it appeared to be a corpse — of a woman who'd been laid out on a metal table like an exhumed murder victim awaiting a coroner's examination.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 03, 2009

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