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Time bombs

‘Atomic Afterimage’ at Bu, Foreclosures and Risk Structures at MIT, and the Cultural DMZ At Simmons
Timely new exhibitions look at the lust for power and risky business.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 27, 2008


A history of violence

Ron Pownall’s photos of the ’68 Democratic Convention
It was August 28, 1968, and Ron Pownall could feel the storm brewing as he arrived at a Vietnam War protest during the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 26, 2008


White walls, black paint

Street art looking fine
Not long after walking into the Distillery Gallery on a Monday evening, Thomas Buildmore removes two painted-over NO PARKING signs that had been screwed into the wall. “This show isn’t about street art,” he says.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 20, 2008


The devil in the details

‘Drawn to Detail’ and ‘Laylah Ali’ at the DeCordova, Esteban Pastorino Díaz at the SMFA, and Student Loan Art Program at MIT
It’s hard to imagine stopping to look at drawings that don’t coalesce till you let them pull you in and spin you around a bit.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 28, 2008


One world, several dreams

“Business as Usual: New Video From China” at MassArt, “Text in Video” at Axiom, and “Many Kinds of Nothing” at Montserrat
It’s no secret that recent years have seen a new “cultural revolution” in the visual arts in China.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 12, 2008


Slideshow: Michael C. Smith's Carnival photography

From "Streets of Color" exhibit at Lesley's Marran Gallery
From "Streets of Color" exhibit at Lesley's Marran Gallery
By: MICHAEL C. SMITH  |  August 14, 2008


Street art

Boston’s Caribbean Carnival at 35
The exhibit’s 37 color photos from 2005 to 2007, plus three plumed headdresses, serve as an appetizer for the Carnival, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this month.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 12, 2008


No sex, please, it's Boston?

Nicholas Hlobo tones it down at the ICA
It’s a big, curious, floating object, a leaping whale, a flying squash, a makeshift anatomy display, with a bit of carnival atmosphere.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 04, 2008


Peabody rising

Bold leadership and an ambitious curatorial vision have vaulted the Peabody Essex Museum into a spot among the country’s best
Could the Peabody Essex Museum be the Boston area’s most exciting art museum right now?
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Kickstart art

Galleries band together
The straightforwardly named Boston Contemporary Group aims “to support an environment in Boston for critically relevant contemporary art.”
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Rubber soul

‘Momentum 11: Nicholas Hlobo’ at the ICA; ‘12 X 12’ in Provincetown
Pink satin ribbon, rubber inner tubes, and large swaths of flowing organza are some of the materials that Nicholas Hlobo uses in various media to examine gender, ethnicity, and his South African heritage.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 29, 2008


Getting hitched

‘Wedded Bliss’ at the Peabody Essex Museum
It's a show that stretches from va-va-voom to the solemn roots of marriage in our culture. And maybe says a bit about — if I dare be so grand — the magical, irresistible force of love.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Flora, fauna, and the female figure

Art Nouveau Jewelry at the MFA, ‘Players’ on MIT’s Media Test Wall, and ‘Nascent’ at NESAD
The Art Nouveau movement of the late-19th/early-20th century distanced itself from the mass production of the Industrial Revolution with elaborate, one-of-a-kind works made from unusual materials.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 15, 2008


Here comes trouble

Street art pisses off neighbors, meat pisses off PETA
There’s nothing like a brouhaha to make art feel relevant. And the Boston art scene has just been blessed by two.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 18, 2008


Everybody get together

‘Boston Young Contemporaries’ at 808 Gallery, ‘Big Bugs’ at Garden in the Woods, and the 10th Annual Lantern Festival at Forest Hills Cemetery
The 808 Gallery is a BIG space to fill.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 08, 2008


Stop the bastards!

African exiles get political.
If you’re unfamiliar with the history of Ethiopia, you’ll probably be lost. (Try skimming a summary before you go.)
By: GREG COOK  |  July 08, 2008


Slideshow: Reflections in Exile at the NCAAA

 "Five Contemporary African Artists Respond to Social Injustice"
Artwork from "Reflections In Exile: Five Contemporary African Artists Respond To Social Injustice" at the National Center for Afro-American Artists.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  July 31, 2008


Cape light

‘Light And Artifice’ at The Schoolhouse Gallery; ‘What Is Big?’ at Brickbottom; ‘Birds Do It’ at Montserrat
Pinpricks and irregular streaks of light illuminate a circular orb that might be the moon, or a partly peeled orange in each of Judith Larsen’s series of photographic works called “Phasing and Solon."
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 02, 2008


Road trips

Luisa does Isabella in China, Gohlke does America
In the fall of 1883, Isabella Stewart Gardner — more than a decade before she would develop her museum on Boston’s Fenway — traveled to China.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2008


Interview: The DeCordova’s new director holds forth

Voice of Kois
Dennis Kois (rhymes with voice) began work as the new executive director of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln on June 2.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2008


Arts and science

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

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