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New England museums worth traveling for
In New England, where you can't swing a sack of cranberries without hitting a venerable cultural institution, anyone with access to a car (or even a subway pass) can scope out these topnotch art museums.
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  June 09, 2009


Photos: SurfLand at Peabody Essex Museum

Photos by Joni Sternbach, now showing through October 4
SurfLand at Peabody Essex Museum, photos by Joni Sternbach, now showing through October 4
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 09, 2009


Water world

Surfing photos in Salem, new talent at PRC
What's the difference between art photography and fashion photography? That's the question I kept wondering about at Joni Sternbach's "SurfLand" exhibition at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 09, 2009


Maritime after time

Dutch seascapes at the Peabody Essex
There's no question about the Peabody Essex Museum's unwavering love of all things nautical. How many other museums employ a curator of maritime art and history (in this case, Daniel Finamore)?
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  June 03, 2009


Make a run for the border

Edward Weston in Mexico, plus modern Mexican prints
In August 1923, photographer Edward Weston left his wife and three of his four sons in Los Angeles and headed to Mexico City.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2009


Slideshow: Two Mexican exhibits at MFA

Images from "Viva Mexico! Edward Weston and His Contemporaries" and "Vida y Drama: Modern Mexican Prints"
"Viva Mexico!" with "Vida y Drama"
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 02, 2009



A preview of June's first Friday
With some contemporary-art spaces holding off on summer programming, June's First Friday celebration at the Harrison Avenue galleries may be the strongest one until the fall season, when both the traffic and the collectors return.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 28, 2009


Folk my brains out

Wild and weird
Toby Kamp's 'The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes In Contemporary Art' at The Decordova Museum
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 19, 2009


Will Brandeis sell out the Rose?

As the clock ticks down, the world-renowned museum confronts the art of survival
Will Brandeis take the money and run?
By: GREG COOK  |  May 15, 2009


Slideshow: Final moments at the Rose?

Photos from what could be the final days at the Rose Art Museum
By: JOEL VEAK  |  May 13, 2009


Viva Modernism

'Vida y Drama: Modern Mexican Prints' and 'Viva Mexico!: Edward Weston and his Contemporaries' at the MFA
Long before the threat of swine flu, Mexico was the scene of an outbreak of a very different kind: Modernism.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 12, 2009


Slideshow: Quay Brothers at Fourth Wall Project

Quay Brothers Gallery Exhibition at the Fourth Wall Project
Animation experts the Quay Brothers put on an exhibit at the Fourth Wall Project of their still-life.
By: JENNIFER MORGAN  |  May 11, 2009


Killing me softly

'This Is Killing Me,' Guy Ben-Ner, and George Cochrane at Mass MoCA
A sailor is mopping the deck of a large vessel when a fellow shipmate approaches. Suddenly, the shipmate climbs onto a wooden chair, reaches for the refrigerator, and swings the freezer door smack in the face of the hard-working deckhand, who collapses onto the tile floor. Such is the world of Israeli artist Guy Ben-Ner.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 07, 2009



'Brazil on Screen 2009,' Mass Art shorts, and spring sales at Mass Art and the SMFA
As if puny, leaf-free trees and a general lack of flowers in late April weren't enough of a message to the post-winter season to hurry its shit up, art schools across Boston are poised to open their annual May fundraisers, all in the name of spring.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 29, 2009


Our digital landscape

The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Fest
The installation Children of Arcadia convinced me that the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival isn’t going to suck.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 28, 2009


Slideshow: 'Paint Pens in Purses' in Allston

Gallery pops up in vacant liquor store
Paint Pens in Purses," a female art collective, put up its work in a pop-up gallery at 193 Harvard Ave., Allston.
By: CAITLIN CURRAN  |  April 27, 2009


The healing arts

Breathing Easier
Eunah Kim, a Korean-born, Cambridge-based artist with advanced lung cancer, has focused her craft on dark imagery.
By: IAN SANDS  |  April 22, 2009


Distance makes the heart grow fonder

Matthew Day Jackson, Bernadette Devlin, and Zhou Tao at MIT's List Visual Arts Center
Those Bostonians who've been experiencing Bill Arning withdrawals can stop fretting: the former MIT List Visual Arts Center curator, now director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, is coming home for his final opening.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 22, 2009


Boston exposures

Photography by Nicholas Nixon and Joe Johnson
Photographer Nicholas Nixon of Brookline first burst onto the scene in the show "New Topographics."
By: GREG COOK  |  April 21, 2009


Virtual Berlin — in Two Parts

Wall Eyed
When the Berlin Wall fell, in 1989, it fell quickly. Joyful Berliners reduced most of the structure to rubble within months, and 20 years later, little evidence remains.
By: KARA HADGE  |  April 17, 2009


Keepin' it real . . . sort of

Virtual reality at the Boston Cyberarts Festival
The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival (April 24–May 10) includes a handful of shows that focus on computer-simulated environments, both real and imaginary.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 15, 2009

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