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Seeking beauty

Then meets now at RISD’s “Evolution/Revolution”
“Have nothing in your houses,” Morris said, “that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
By: GREG COOK  |  February 27, 2008

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Documentary evidence

‘War Stories’ and Maori tattoos, plus the SMFA’s ‘Traveling Scholars’
The theme of MassArt’s “War Stories” is what we talk about when we talk about war — the Iraq War in particular.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 27, 2008

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Good fellows

The RISCA showcase; plus, Jon Laustsen
It stirs up feelings about real estate development, home, fortresses, and safety. 
By: GREG COOK  |  February 20, 2008

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Sculpting with paper

Imi Hwangbo and Jae Ko at Bell Gallery
One of the preeminent issues of art — and, well, everything these days — is the how technology is changing our lives, making everywhere we go begin to feel like a synthetic, artificially-flavored SimCity.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2008

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Scenes from childhood

The DeCordova’s classic kids photos, plus Pixnit’s graffiti, and Malcolm X
His head is bowed and his eyes are closed. It was three days before he was gunned down at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2008

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Foreign correspondence

Central European videos and more at URI
Guest curator Viera Levitt avoids the usual scenes of dreary apartment blocks and industrial sites of Europe’s former communist countries.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2008



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Majoring and minering in theater

'The World as a Stage' at the ICA
The re-enactment is part community therapy, part exorcism; the resulting video is tense and visceral and heartbreaking.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2008

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Tale of the tape

New works at Traverse, Chazan, and Dead Cat galleries
A couple of the folks behind the crazy, brilliant “Apartment At the Mall” project are camped out at 5 Traverse Gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2008

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Going to Hell

Bread and Puppet tours Bush's inferno
“Abandon all hope, you who enter here” are the words we find inscribed across the gate of Hell at the beginning of the third canto of Inferno.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2008

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Let me see your grill

The origins of the vagina dentata
If there’s one thing the new horror flick Teeth teaches us, it’s that nothing sours a romantic soirée like a vagina dentata.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 25, 2008

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Bought and sold

Rampant consumerism and Iván Navarro at Tufts, ‘Some Sort of Uncertainty’ at Axiom
So I’d like to declare that art about consumerism is one of the æsthetic trends of our young millennium.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 22, 2008



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Ill wind

Apocalyptic dread in the galleries
In the muddy rusty autumnal scrub, a fox, who could have been imagined by Richard Scarry, sits on a log and a smiling rabbit lies in brambles.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 14, 2008

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Waste management

‘Cornucopia’ at Montserrat, ‘Ad/Agency’ at the PRC, and Jim Lambie at the MFA
One of the essential lessons I’ve gleaned from the magazine Martha Stewart Living is that if you put together a collection of junk that’s all the same color, it’s almost always interesting to look at.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 07, 2008

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Fabulous faker

Zhang Daqian’s imaginary landscapes, plus “A Tradition Redefined”
It was a sublime scene, even though the seven-foot-tall painting was cracked, threadbare in places, patched in others, and dulled by a gray-brown murk.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 31, 2007

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Mesmerizations

Providence art: 2007 in review
Rhode Island confirmed why it’s the capital of New England art-making with two major developments in 2007.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2007

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Gods and monsters — and David Hasselhoff

Art: 2007 in review
The Museum of Fine Arts did big things with Napoleon and Edward Hopper, pictures of prostitutes graced the walls of Boston’s two biggest art museums, and all hell broke loose when the Mooninites invaded.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2007



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The old neighborhood

Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris at Gallery Kayafas, plus videos at MIT
Some call Charles “Teenie” Harris’s five decades of photos of Pittsburgh one of the grandest chronicles of African-American life ever assembled.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2007

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Brown puts Italian epic painting online

Big art
The problem with an enormous piece of art, though, is where to do you put it?
By: GREG COOK  |  December 05, 2007

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Whitewash

Can a striking exhibit at Harvard really make us see ancient Greek and Roman sculpture — and the roots of racism — as we never have before?
“Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture in Classical Antiquity” presents striking evidence that the white marbles were once painted in bold Technicolor.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

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Following the evidence

‘CSI’ at the Museum of Science, plus Tom Sachs at Brandeis
“CSI: The Experience,” like a B-movie, is best if you don’t think too hard about it.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

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Promise deferred

The new ICA’s visual arts at one year
Last December 10, the Institute of Contemporary Art moved to brand new digs on the South Boston waterfront, tripling its exhibition space in the process.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007


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