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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


A Visual Buffet

A visual buffet sampling RISD's faculty; Laska and Kupferschmidt at Stairwell.
The RISD Museum offers work by more than 175 staffers in its "RISD Biennial Faculty Exhibition 2009."
By: GREG COOK  |  February 25, 2009


Super Sonik

Graffitist Caleb Neelon is a street survivor
When Cambridge native Caleb Neelon talks about how he got hooked on graffiti, he often recounts a trip he took to Germany with his mom in 1990.  
By: GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2009



Laurel Sparks at Yezerski, plus Julie Miller, Sheila Gallagher, Darren Foote, and Michael Ellis
Jamaica Plain's Laurel Sparks has become one of our best local abstract painters, as her new collection of bright, fun, juicy, abstracted chandeliers at Howard Yezerski Gallery attests.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 20, 2009


Old school

Dyer's thing was watercolors and gouaches of romantic fairy tale country cottages, snowy mountain lakes, and ruins of old stone arches and doorways.
Back in 1928, a Providence Journal headline dubbed painter Hezekiah Anthony Dyer a "militant anti-Modernist." Modern art was just about showing off, he said.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2009



Shepard Fairey bombs the ICA
Shepard Fairey and his show "Supply and Demand" arrive at the Institute of Contemporary Art like a guerrilla general emerging from the jungle after his forces have taken the capital.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2009


White room

Annabel Daou's disorienting 'Knot'
The first striking thing about Annabel Daou's exhibit, "Knot," at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College Street, Providence, through March 8) is the room itself.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 04, 2009


Robert Crumb at MassArt

In Crumb's world, everything appears tantalizingly available, all options are on the table, all bets are off.
R. Crumb's Underground at MassArt
By: GREG COOK  |  February 06, 2009


Brandeis shutters art museum

Bloom off the Rose
Late Monday afternoon, Brandeis University informed leaders of its Rose Art Museum that it would close the institution this summer and auction off the more than 6000 pieces in its renowned collection, which includes major works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 02, 2009


Beauty for beauty's sake

Feminist art
For several years, Cristin Searles of Providence has been stitching together soft sculptures that catchily evoke natural forms.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 28, 2009


The thinker at mid century

Size matters
A long time ago (say 70 years), in a galaxy far, far away (New York), a tired band of rebels ached to be the Next Big Thing.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 27, 2009


Power rangers

Photographers roam the electric grid
Adam Ryder was fascinated, he said, by long-distance, high-tension power lines and their scruffy right-of-ways.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 21, 2009


Review: Andrew Witkin, Doug Weathersby

Wonk appeal
Over the summer, José Luis Blondet, curator at the Boston Center for the Arts, invited Boston artist Andrew Witkin to do an unspecified project in a hidden corridor at the BCA's Mills Gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 20, 2009


Enter the matrix

Digital art at Moses Brown; optical illusions at AS220
A number of artists have been making art inspired by video games and computer graphics in recent years.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 13, 2009


Ice ice baby

Polar landscapes at the Peabody Essex, plus monsters at the Museum of Science
In July 1860, Captain Isaac Israel Hayes's schooner, the United States, left Boston and sailed to the Arctic.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2009


White album

Duane Slick's minimalist meditations
The best of the work on view in "Duane Slick and Critical Distance," at Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery (600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, through January 8), is what you might call painters' paintings.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 29, 2008


Worth another look

Intriguing views of a warped world
In 2008, real estate and jobs dominated local art news.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2008


Year in Art: Beyond the gloom

Continuing cheer in dark times
The Boston art scene felt muted for much of 2008, with 10 galleries closing and the death of two local icons: Harriet Casdin-Silver and Jules Aarons.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 22, 2008


Grand seductions

Marriage at the Gardner, decoration at Montserrat, Milton Rogovin at Kayafas
If you've been desirous of an eminently tasteful exhibit that undermines the sanctity of marriage, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's "The Triumph of Marriage: Painted Cassoni of the Renaissance" may be for you.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 16, 2008



"NetWorks 2008" at AS220, 5 Traverse, and the NAM
In 2004, AS220's StinkTank put out a paper titled "Compost and the Arts."
By: GREG COOK  |  December 16, 2008


I wanna rock

LaMontagne’s vision for Boston art
In 1982, a group of local hardcore punk bands released what would turn out to be a landmark compilation album, This Is Boston, Not L.A.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2008

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