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Going to Hell

Bread and Puppet tours Bush's inferno
“Abandon all hope, you who enter here” are the words we find inscribed across the gate of Hell at the beginning of the third canto of Inferno.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2008


Let me see your grill

The origins of the vagina dentata
If there’s one thing the new horror flick Teeth teaches us, it’s that nothing sours a romantic soirée like a vagina dentata.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 25, 2008


Bought and sold

Rampant consumerism and Iván Navarro at Tufts, ‘Some Sort of Uncertainty’ at Axiom
So I’d like to declare that art about consumerism is one of the æsthetic trends of our young millennium.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 22, 2008


Ill wind

Apocalyptic dread in the galleries
In the muddy rusty autumnal scrub, a fox, who could have been imagined by Richard Scarry, sits on a log and a smiling rabbit lies in brambles.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 14, 2008


Waste management

‘Cornucopia’ at Montserrat, ‘Ad/Agency’ at the PRC, and Jim Lambie at the MFA
One of the essential lessons I’ve gleaned from the magazine Martha Stewart Living is that if you put together a collection of junk that’s all the same color, it’s almost always interesting to look at.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 07, 2008


Fabulous faker

Zhang Daqian’s imaginary landscapes, plus “A Tradition Redefined”
It was a sublime scene, even though the seven-foot-tall painting was cracked, threadbare in places, patched in others, and dulled by a gray-brown murk.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 31, 2007



Providence art: 2007 in review
Rhode Island confirmed why it’s the capital of New England art-making with two major developments in 2007.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2007


Gods and monsters — and David Hasselhoff

Art: 2007 in review
The Museum of Fine Arts did big things with Napoleon and Edward Hopper, pictures of prostitutes graced the walls of Boston’s two biggest art museums, and all hell broke loose when the Mooninites invaded.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2007


The old neighborhood

Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris at Gallery Kayafas, plus videos at MIT
Some call Charles “Teenie” Harris’s five decades of photos of Pittsburgh one of the grandest chronicles of African-American life ever assembled.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2007


Brown puts Italian epic painting online

Big art
The problem with an enormous piece of art, though, is where to do you put it?
By: GREG COOK  |  December 05, 2007



Can a striking exhibit at Harvard really make us see ancient Greek and Roman sculpture — and the roots of racism — as we never have before?
“Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture in Classical Antiquity” presents striking evidence that the white marbles were once painted in bold Technicolor.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007


Following the evidence

‘CSI’ at the Museum of Science, plus Tom Sachs at Brandeis
“CSI: The Experience,” like a B-movie, is best if you don’t think too hard about it.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007


Promise deferred

The new ICA’s visual arts at one year
Last December 10, the Institute of Contemporary Art moved to brand new digs on the South Boston waterfront, tripling its exhibition space in the process.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007


Sketch artists

The BCA’s ‘20th Drawing Show,’ plus Little Lulu
A man with an ax walks out onto ice crusting over part of a pond and proceeds to chop a wavy line.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

New gallery opens on Providence’s industrial waterfront

In late August, a new art gallery opened in a storefront in a warehouse at 200 Allens Ave.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 19, 2007


The kids aren’t all right

Unsettling photographs at the Bell Gallery
Children inhabit strange synthetic worlds in the exhibition “KIDS” at Brown University’s Bell Gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2007


Apocalypse now

Cliff Evans at the Gardner, Félix González-Torres at Harvard
Empyrean is one of the rare Internet-inspired pieces with rich, complex, coherent form.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 15, 2007


From a distance

Intriguing glimpses of China at URI
In “China seen by . . ." 14 photographers reflect and try to make sense of the industrial dynamo that is China today.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2007


Girls, girls, girls

Japanese ukiyo-e paintings and more at the MFA
Around 1600, after a century of civil wars, Japan settled into an era of relative peace under the samurai warriors of Edo (present-day Tokyo).
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2007


Faux and Fabulous

Kenneth Jay Lane’s classy costume jewelry at the RISD Museum
Lane seems forever a child of the ’60s: psychedelia, India, and all that.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2007



Naked ladies, bearded ladies, naked dolls, and more
In Carolee Schneemann's 1975 performance Interior Scroll, she stood naked and read about sexism from a three-foot-long strip of paper that she pulled out of her vagina.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2007

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