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The Gardner gets crafty


Art museums are designed to celebrate the end results of the creative process. But one of Boston's most highbrow institutions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has developed new programming to foster that process on-site.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 31, 2012

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Game on

Studio visit
Anthony Montuori's retro-style video games might be called the art of losing. In one, you're the legendary Sisyphus failing to lift a boulder to the top of an 8-bit mountain.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 24, 2012

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Monster mash


In Patt Kelley's twisted but surprisingly sweet comics, a hairy-faced lady from a traveling circus romances a tree-man, a monster spawned by dirty dishes devours the world, a vampire finds her soul mate in a guy with a permanent nosebleed.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 24, 2012

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SLIDESHOW: Photos from ''Elsa's Housebook: A Woman's Photojournal''


Photos from Elsa Dorfman's 1974 book, featuring portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Elsa herself.
By: ELSA DORFMAN  |  October 24, 2012

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Graveyard of modernism


Iraq's King Faisal II launched plans to modernize Baghdad in 1950 by commissioning a dream team of American and European architects.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 17, 2012

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Ladies' Man

Photography
Mario Testino is best known for photographing Princess Diana for Vanity Fair in 1997, just months before her death.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 17, 2012



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SLIDESHOW: Mario Testino's ''In Your Face'' exhibit at the MFA

October 21, 2012 – February 3, 2013
October 21, 2012 – February 3, 2013
By: MARIO TESTINO  |  October 18, 2012

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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science


Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012

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''Elsewhere''


Every once in a while the city needs a show like "Elsewhere," the round-up of 17 local artists organized by Flux.Boston blogger Liz Devlin, to get a snapshot of the art being produced here.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 10, 2012

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World piece


The tall wood doors open to reveal the whole world — turned inside out (disconcertingly, at first), in glowing stained glass, 30 feet across — and you step onto the glass bridge spanning its center.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2012

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Girl's life


It's hard being a girl.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2012



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Crazy lids


Except for winter knit hats and baseball caps, it can seem like hardly anybody wears hats any more.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 24, 2012

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Judith Klausner's cookie monsters

Studio visit
In a mini fridge off Judith Klausner's Somerville living room, the 26-year-old stores the best sculptures fashioned from Oreos in America.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 24, 2012

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Bitner's bits

Photography
Since 2007, Rhona Bitner has traveled across the country photographing the hallowed halls of rock and roll — from drums and mics set up in the Electric Lady Studios that Jimi Hendrix built in New York to LA's Whisky A Go Go, where the Doors were once the house band.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 19, 2012

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Honky-tonk heroes

Photography
When Henry Horenstein began photographing Boston's seedy Hillbilly Ranch tavern, New Hampshire's Lone Star Ranch country-music park, and the legendary Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in the early 1970s, he came for the music.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 19, 2012

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Ten art exhibits to check out this fall


"I think there was a kind of '80s embarrassment," says Institute of Contemporary Art curator Helen Molesworth.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2012



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Futures past

This will have been' at the ICA Boston, November 15–March 3
Since the 1980s, the art world has acted as if it wanted to forget that the Neo-Expressionist, greed-is-good, Christian, pastel-preppy conservatism of that decade ever happened.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2012

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Ori Gersht’s post-traumatic stress

To hell and back
At the heart of Ori Gersht's art is a question: how to capture the ghosts of the Holocaust, Hiroshima, and Israel's wars?
By: GREG COOK  |  September 07, 2012

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SLIDESHOW: ''Ori Gersht: History Repeating''

Through January 6, 2013 | Museum of Fine Arts Boston
''Ori Gersht: History Repeating'' | Through January 6, 2013 | Museum of Fine Arts Boston
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 05, 2012

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Annie Leibovitz’s elegiac ''Pilgrimage''

Dead people’s things
Between 2009 and 2011, New York celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz wandered around the US and off to England, tracking down the homes and things of famous dead politicians and writers and naturalists and musicians.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 31, 2012

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SLIDESHOW: Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered

At the Norman Rockwell Museum | Through October 28
A retrospective of the brilliant American painter of manly adventure.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 15, 2012


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