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A Lynda Benglis retrospective at the RISD Museum

Manufactured surprises
When you talk about the art of Lynda Benglis, there's just no avoiding the giant dildo photo.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 27, 2010

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Zacchilli + Kent's 'Night For Day,' Test, and Planka at AS220

On the dark side
Mickey Zacchilli and Natalja Kent's installation "Night for Day" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through October 30) is like a manic, feral, black-and-white, punk, strobe light, spook house — just in time for Halloween.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 19, 2010

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Kentridge's South Africa and Coe's disasters of war

Plus posters from Hatch
South African artist William Kentridge is often hailed for providing "a vivid history of apartheid and its legacy," as Time said when it named him one of the 100 most influential persons of 2009.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 20, 2010

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Review: A. Cemal Ekin's 'Touching the History' at PC

See the light
In June 2009, A. Cemal Ekin, a marketing professor at Providence College, found himself in Istanbul, Turkey, atop scaffolding rising some 16 stories high inside the historic dome of Hagia Sophia.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2010

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Honk! Fest blasts back into Providence

Brass Dept.
The third annual "Providence Honk! Fest" (aka "Pronk!") rounds up 10 brass marching bands from Texas to Chicago to New York for a great big hootenanny in Providence on Monday, October 11.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2010

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Can you love Boston art and still love the Foster Prize?

And what happened to the Morgan Prize?
When I roam Boston galleries or stumble upon Brandon Nastanski's "Unofficial Franklin Park Research Outpost," I feel the buzz of potential.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 05, 2010



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Salem's spookiest tourist traps

With Halloween fast approaching, we haunt as many spooky, scary attractions as possible
When America's original Mean Girls started accusing all their Salem neighbors of being witches in 1692, who knew that the city would remember the community hysteria that sent 20 innocent folks to their deaths with the awesomest Halloween shindig anywhere?
By: GREG COOK  |  October 21, 2011

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Review: '10 Most Endangered Properties'; plus, 'Chromophilia'

Faded glory
The most striking reminder of the threat to buildings featured on the Providence Preservation Society's "2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties" list is that Brownell & Field Company at 119 Harris Avenue, which the society highlighted because it feared it would be torn down, was approved for demolition on September 20 by the city's Historic District Commission.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 29, 2010

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Review: 'Our Founders' at the Pac, and 'New Mastery' at RIC

Past and present
One of the landmark tales of Rhode Island art is the story of how Edward Bannister won the oil painting prize at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 22, 2010

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An Emperor's heaven on earth

The Peabody Essex Museum scores a curatorial coup
Salem's Peabody Essex Museum has pulled off the curatorial coup of the year with "The Emperor's Private Paradise," which reveals to the public for the first time 90 "treasures from the Forbidden City," the Chinese imperial palace in Beijing.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 22, 2010

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Fall Art Preview: Old meets new this season

O pioneers
Art in Rhode Island this fall is a parade of founding mothers and fathers. AS220 co-founder Umberto Crenca fills his institution with his latest "ugly" work.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2010



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Review: Dan Wood and Pippi Zornoza at AS220

Fever dreams and fantasies
The giant headline on the poster hanging in the window of AS220’s Project Space proclaims: "Antichrist Is Alive, and a Male Jew, Falwell Contends."
By: GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2010

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Fall Art Preview: Heavy construction

Boston museums take off their hard hats
Over the past decade, museum building has boomed across the region.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2010

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Review: The Addison Gallery returns

Welcome back
Closed for two years of renovation and expansion, the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy reopened this past Tuesday with "Inside, Outside, Upstairs, Downstairs: The Addison Anew," nearly 400 greatest hits from its great collection.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 08, 2010

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Worst Public Art Manifesto No. 1

Taking the stuffing out of stuff we have to look at
Long-term public art has a greater responsibility to the community, to the public, than regular gallery art.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 13, 2010

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Treasure trove

'Pictures from the Hay' and Alison Owen's 'Divisibility'
Visiting "Pictures from the Hay" is like rummaging through your grandparents’ attic . . . if your grandparents are amazingly curious, incredibly well-connected, and fabulously well-to-do.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 07, 2010



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Review: A venerable collection returns to Marble House

American Gothic
Medieval artists got so much wrong. But it's a wrongness that ends up being vigorously right.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 31, 2010

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Bleak houses, cute creatures

Antoniadis and Stone at Fourth Wall, plus 'Little Critters' at the Nave
Antoniadis and Stone at Fourth Wall, plus 'Little Critters' at the Nave
By: GREG COOK  |  August 26, 2010

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Peter Max's pop life

The artist on fame, Andy Warhol, and the 'complete freedom' of his expression
Peter Max rocketed to fame as one of the iconic psychedelic artists of the late '60s.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2010

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Review: William Steig's gentle genius

Sweet curmudgeon
Is anything more delicious than being naughty? That might be the moral of William Steig's 1990 kids' picture book Shrek! — if Shrek! were the kind of story that has a moral.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2010

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AS220 at 25

A lively oral history of Providence's artistic Mecca
You might say it all began with a thumbs-down review of an art exhibit by Umberto Crenca. To Bert and his friends, it was just one more example of how they were excluded by the art establishment.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 13, 2010


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