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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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Connected

"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

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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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Culture crunch

From Trinity Rep to Festival Ballet to Gallery Z, the creative community strives to overcome economic challenges
"Since the market crash," says Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, "we've watched our ticket sales, which had been doing well, hit a wall. Almost like a cartoon animal — splat. Then we started pushing the discount ticket sales and things started to move again."
By: GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2008

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Inside looking out

Elizabeth King shares her mind's eye
Visiting Elizabeth King's "The Sizes of Things In the Mind's Eye" at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College Street, Providence, through December 21) is a bit like visiting Dr. Frankenstein's lab — all glass eyes, artificial limbs, and automatons.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2008

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The Apocalypse versus stupid human tricks

Paul Chan, Adel Abdessemed, and Andrew Neumann
Among the most poetic and moving artwork to come out of 9/11 is Paul Chan’s series of videos The 7 Lights .
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2008

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Live through this

Printmakers consider sustainability
Sustainable living has, of course, long been a concern, but worries about global warming have pushed it to the forefront. And increasingly made it the subject of art.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 25, 2008

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Man and Wife

Harry Callahan’s photos of Eleanor at RISD
"I think I've photographed the same things all my life," Harry Callahan said in 1991. "Buildings and grasses and people walking." And, for a stretch running from about 1941 to 1963, that included his wife, Eleanor.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 19, 2008



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Game show

Who will win the ICA's Foster Prize?
On November 12, the Institute of Contemporary Art opened its biennial Foster Prize exhibit of “Boston-area artists of exceptional promise.”
By: GREG COOK  |  November 18, 2008

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The great Boston art shakeout

Ten local galleries closed this year. Where are we going?
By September, the Harrison Avenue gallery district seemed to have become a zombie, stiffly stumbling forward, as the citywide exhibit-space upheaval that began this past spring caught up with the neighborhood.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 14, 2008

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Life in Hell

Entang Wiharso and Chris Forgues's harrowing visions
Wiharso, who lives in North Kingstown, fills 5 Traverse with a harrowing dance of demons in black silhouettes and ruddy flesh (well, charcoal, acrylic, enamel, and spray paint).
By: GREG COOK  |  November 12, 2008

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Exposures

Photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
In "Karsh 100: A Biography in Images," which is now up at the Museum of Fine Arts, his iconic shots of Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, and Ernest Hemingway are defining portraits of the men in all their crusty manliness.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 14, 2008

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Political Andy?

Warhol's court-painter years; plus doodling at the Rose
Was Andy Warhol more politically engaged than he's given credit for?
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2008


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