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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


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


Mixed mediums

‘Jackals and Jerks,’ ‘Domain Error,’ and ‘Protest’
A current running under “Jackals and Jerks,” a group show at Stairwell Gallery, is the thrills and worries of today’s technological, synthetic, bioengineered SimCity world.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 24, 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

New galleries sprout on Federal Hill

A mini gallery district is sprouting on Providence’s Federal Hill, with three galleries moving onto Atwells Avenue, all within a few blocks of Gallery Z, which has been there since 2004.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2008


The folk and the fine

‘Keepers of Tradition’ and Alexis Rockman
Here in Massachusetts, our old ways tend to reside in ethnic islands and pockets. They may be famous on their street or in their neighborhood or town, but they’re often unheard of outside it.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2008


Great pretenders

Photographic self-examination at the Bell Gallery
“Self and Others,” the new group show at Brown University’s Bell Gallery, reminds  me of a definition I recently read: growing up is learning how to pretend to be normal.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2008


Fringe festival

Galleries off the beaten path
Off the beaten path, the fringes of Boston's gallery scene are seeing new development, and even expansion.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2008

Arts slashed at the University of Rhode Island

Shockwaves hit the arts community
On Tuesday, the University of Rhode Island informed Judith Tolnick Champa, who runs the URI Fine Arts Center Galleries, and Roxana Tourigny, who runs the school’s “Great Performances” program, that they will be laid off, effective July 4, and that the galleries and performance program will close.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 06, 2008

Greatest hits

RISD shows off its new and renovated galleries
The RISD Museum continues its top to bottom renovation and expansion.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2008


The illusionist

Anish Kapoor at the ICA
Kapoor’s work looks like nothing in reproduction; you have to experience it in person to get it.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 06, 2008


Toy stories

In the galleries, artists keep their distance
Tokyo photographer Noaki Honjo turns Japanese metropolises into adorable li’l things.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 28, 2008


State of the art

RISD grads share their visions
RISD’s annual “Graduate Thesis Exhibition” could be just the place to glimpse the future of art, as predicted by the school that U.S. News & World Report recently said has the best master of fine arts program in the country.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 28, 2008



Interview: Stefan Sagmeister goes the limit
Design geeks bow before the 45-year-old Austrian-born, New York–based designer’s witty topographical experiments and bad-ass stunts.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2008


Creative compost

Brian Chippendale’s masterful Human Mold
It's a vision of feral characters wandering a world jerry-rigged from recycled scraps of a collapsed plastic mass-produced disposable civilization.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 20, 2008


Town and country

Looking at birds and buildings
In “Construction Details” at AS220’s Project Space, artists Stephen Brownell and Jean Cozzens meditate on a subject that has haunted Providence over the past decade.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 13, 2008


Flash without fire

Is New England better than the DeCordova’s Annual Exhibition?
The aim of the DeCordova Museum’s Annual Exhibition is to round up “some of the most interesting and visually eloquent” New England artists.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 13, 2008



The high voltage work of Corita Kent
Sister Corita Kent was something of a celebrity.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2008


Fact and fantasy

Walid Raad’s installations seek the “truth”
Walid Raad’s installation feels like a Borgesian detective story in which truth is elusive, and cities themselves shiver with post-traumatic stress disorder.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 30, 2008


Majestic rot

Compelling new work by Neal T. Walsh and William Schaff
Providence artist Neal Walsh’s great new abstract paintings bring to mind peeling paint, rust, and cracking plaster in old mills or houses, maybe the wall in the hall of an apartment building.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 15, 2008

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