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Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
By: GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2010


2009: The year in art

Saints, sinners, paint
The year started off with a kick in the teeth when, in January, Brandeis University announced plans to shutter its Rose Art Museum and sell off its masterpieces.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2009


Fresh fruit and vegetables

A winter crop of art
The bleakest months of New England winter are ahead of us, so the prospect of leaving your toasty house to see art may not be at the top of your to-do list.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 04, 2010


Alternative universe

Boston Expressionism in context
In the 1930s and '40s, Boston painters developed a moody, mythic realism. They mixed social satire with depictions of street scenes, Biblical scenes, and mystical symbolic narratives, all of it darkened by the shadow of the Great Depression and World War II.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 16, 2009


Photos: Boston expressionism at Danforth Museum

Aronson, Bergenstein, and Schwartz at the Danforth Museum this winter
Photos of the works of expressionist artists David Aronson, Henry Schwartz, Gerry Bergstein and at the Danforth Museum in Framingham.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 16, 2009


Photos: Yone’s Hot Tokyo nights (NSFW)

Yonehara Yasuma, Japan’s photographic poet of sleaze, brings his erotic landscapes to Boston
Yonehara Yasuma -- or just Yone, to his international legions of fans -- is a singular figure in Japanese photography, fashion, and culture. His photographs of Japanese pinup girls and amateur models are genuinely erotic, even as they draw attention to the complexities and dark undercurrents of desire.
By: YONEHARA YASUMA  |  December 11, 2009


Wild about Harry

Trailblazing along a narrow path
What I want to do — what most photographers want to do — is write Harry Callahan a love letter. At the very least, he deserves an elaborate thank-you note for innovating or validating 80 percent of the successful photographs we ever took.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  December 09, 2009


Magpie and copyist

Iris Apfel at PEM, Mary McFadden at MassArt
If you were going to recount the evolution of hippie guy fashion, you might say that what began with psychedelic ruffled shirts and corduroy pants in 1968 has in late middle age split into two streams: collarless white button-down shirts, usually buttoned right up to the neck and worn with a black vest, and Hawaiian shirts.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 24, 2009


Narrative truth

Krzysztof Wodiczko’s war story at the ICA
For the majority of us Americans, Iraq and Afghanistan are a series of news-data points — number of Americans killed today, number of car bombs, spending tallies, estimates of civilian deaths.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 11, 2009


Power to the people

Art of the Streets Dept.
Painted portraits are, as evidenced by the many on display inside Boston’s world-famous art galleries, a window into the world of royalty, politicos, and other spectacularly coiffed assholes from centuries ago.
By: IAN SANDS  |  November 04, 2009


Wizards and masterpieces

Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation you feel when getting your hands on a Potter book the day it’s released.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009


Harvard ‘ACT UP’ show gets rise from right-wingers

Tea Baggers Meet the Tea-Baggers Dept.
Taking a detour from directly bashing President Obama, right-wingers are now hot and bothered by a Harvard art exhibit. And they have an Obama administration foil toward whom they can channel their bile.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 02, 2009


Casting spells

Tomb 10A at the MFA; ACT UP at Harvard
In 1915, Harvard University and Museum of Fine Arts archæologists digging in a rocky cliff at Deir el-Bersha unearthed the 4000-year-old tomb of the Djehutynakhts, an ancient Egyptian governor and his wife.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 21, 2009


Photos: The Secrets of Tomb 10A at MFA

The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC on exhibit until May 16, 2010
Photos of an Ancient Egyptian exhibit on display at the Museum of Fine Arts
By: MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON  |  October 22, 2009


Photos: ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis

ACT UP New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis 1987–1993 at the Carpenter Center 
Photos from the exhibit on display from October 15 to December 23, 2009.


Alternative energy

GASP marks five years
At the end of August, the seven-month-old Massachusetts Creative Economy Council released its first report on the state of culture here.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 19, 2009


Photos: Art from paper bags

GASP Gallery celebrates their 5th anniversary with the Bag It! exhibit
Photos from the GASP Gallery's 5th anniversary gala, Bag It!


Weather reports

Landscape nostalgia, plus climate, the nature of community, and drawing show #21
One of the great themes in America is nostalgia for the "good old days," which flame into being and then fade into the distance.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009


Photos: The Brilliant Line at RISD's Museum of Art

The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480- 1650, on display until January 3, 2010  
Photos from artwork at the Rhode Island School of Design in T he Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480- 1650, exhibit.
By: RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN  |  October 07, 2009


Photos: Charles Daniels at Nave Gallery

'In Through the Out Door: Photography & Video of Charles Daniels,' on display until October 4  
Images from Charles Daniels' photography exhibit at the Nave Gallery
By: CHARLES DANIELS  |  October 02, 2009


Graffiti gone good

Healing Art Dept.
One after another, young patients approach Caleb Neelon as he paints in the lobby of Children's Hospital Boston.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 30, 2009

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