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Cal Lane’s dazzling metalwork and Harriet Casdin-Silver’s holograms
The power of Casdin-Silver’s work was in her eye for compelling bodies and their fleshy, otherworldly presence in her holograms.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2008


Line up

Katy Fischer at Proof, ‘Paper Quilt’ and Rainey at the Essex Art Center, and ‘Ink & Steel’ at Space 242
Katy Fischer's art points to the darker forces in nature, where clouds threaten rain and rivers carry people off.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 24, 2008


Time out of mind

Luisa Rabbia at the Gardner, ‘Polar Attractions’ at the Peabody Essex, And ‘Meat After Meat Joy’ at Pierre Menard
Luisa Rabbia created a slow-moving video work that offers a kind of travelogue of her own journey through Isabella Stewart Gardner's historic scrapbooks.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 17, 2008


The folk and the fine

‘Keepers of Tradition’ and Alexis Rockman
Here in Massachusetts, our old ways tend to reside in ethnic islands and pockets. They may be famous on their street or in their neighborhood or town, but they’re often unheard of outside it.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2008


You wear it well

‘Dress • Redress’ at Brandeis, Fredo Conde at the Artists Foundation, Parade For The Future with Platform2, and June art talks at BU thanks to AIB
The relationship between our bodies and our clothing is, of course, intimate.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 10, 2008


Fringe festival

Galleries off the beaten path
Off the beaten path, the fringes of Boston's gallery scene are seeing new development, and even expansion.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2008


The illusionist

Anish Kapoor at the ICA
Kapoor’s work looks like nothing in reproduction; you have to experience it in person to get it.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 06, 2008


Waxing poetic

Joanne Mattera and encaustic painting plus sculpture At Montserrat; Ceci Méndez at the Center For Latino Arts
New York–based artist Joanne Mattera wrote the book (literally) on encaustic, an ancient method of painting with pigmented wax.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 03, 2008


Toy stories

In the galleries, artists keep their distance
Tokyo photographer Noaki Honjo turns Japanese metropolises into adorable li’l things.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 28, 2008


Live at five

Fifth Annual Juried Summer Show at Tufts, Norman Laliberté at Montserrat, Julie Vinette at Atlantic Works, and Annual Juried Members’ Show at the Danforth
The Tufts University Art Gallery has taken the off-season opportunity to celebrate its year-round neighbors.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 28, 2008



Interview: Stefan Sagmeister goes the limit
Design geeks bow before the 45-year-old Austrian-born, New York–based designer’s witty topographical experiments and bad-ass stunts.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2008


Torturous portraits

Crappy art near Somerville johns
If you’d gone downstairs to pee during a movie two Wednesdays ago at the Somerville Theatre, chances are you stumbled upon a gallery opening in the works.
By: IAN SANDS  |  May 21, 2008


A certain kind of disorientation

Anish Kapoor at the ICA, MCC Award Winners at Boston Sculptors, And ‘8 in ’08’ at Massart
Home-grown new sculpture is alive and well right here right now, as Boston Sculptors Gallery regularly reminds us.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 20, 2008


Journey to the surface of the Earth

Landscape anew at Mass MoCA, ‘Exposure’ at the PRC, Dana Clancy at the Danforth, and grouped figures at GASP
Looking at the landscape brings out the artist in everyone.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 13, 2008


Flash without fire

Is New England better than the DeCordova’s Annual Exhibition?
The aim of the DeCordova Museum’s Annual Exhibition is to round up “some of the most interesting and visually eloquent” New England artists.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 13, 2008


Don’t leave me this way

Botanical Forms at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, Carroll Dunham and more at the Addison, and Renzo Piano at the Fogg
Leaves lead a wild life, and each leaf’s physical structure reflects both its individual biography — revealing the pathways, for example, of insects that have eaten their way across a leaf’s surface.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 06, 2008


Let’s undo the movies

Chantal Akerman plays with your mind at MIT’s List Center
If those collective behaviors inspired and demanded by the cinema of its witnesses are, in essence, its very boundaries, Belgian-born filmmaker and video artist Chantal Akerman could be considered a smuggler.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 30, 2008


Fact and fantasy

Walid Raad’s installations seek the “truth”
Walid Raad’s installation feels like a Borgesian detective story in which truth is elusive, and cities themselves shiver with post-traumatic stress disorder.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 30, 2008


Time after time

The De C ordova Annual, New Orleans after Katrina, ‘Superartificial,’ 19th-Century Leisure Travel, and El Chango Verde
The DeCordova Annual has been going strong since 1989, indefatigably showcasing work by New England artists chosen each year for the quality of their individual work.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 30, 2008


Dystopia now!

‘Alexis Rockman,’ ‘The New Authentics,’ and ‘Paper Trail II’ at the Rose, and Chantal Akerman at MIT
Our species seems to have a serious love/hate relationship with nature, as in “can’t live with it, can’t live without it.”
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 22, 2008


The Best of Arts and Entertainment 2008

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By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2008

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