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Midnight winter wonderlands

Works by Leigh Tarentino, plus Duane Slick and Andrew Nixon
Leigh Tarentino’s paintings make you feel the hush and chill of a crisp December night. And the wonder, too.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 04, 2013


A dazzling passage to India

Jeff and Gurli Lovinger's 'Looking East' at URI Providence
“The first thing I said to myself is, ‘This is an amazing picture. I have to get this,’ ” Jeff Lovinger recalls of his photo of a woman seated in a block-long market in Mysore, India.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2013


Ready for their close-ups

'Andy Warhol's "Screen Tests" ' at the RISD Museum
“Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests ” showcases 20 short films he made between 1964 and ’66 of his Factory studio “superstars” and celebrated artists, writers, and musicians.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 20, 2013


Troubled symbolism

Vincent Valdez's 'The Strangest Fruit' at Brown's Bell Gallery
A shrine — that’s how Vincent Valdez’s exhibit “The Strangest Fruit” is laid out .
By: GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2013


Beauty and anxiety

Paul Myoda's "Glittering Machines" at Yellow Peril
Paul Myoda’s “Glittering Machines” resemble probe droids arriving from the future.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2013


Looking inward and outward

Andrea Lynn Santos's 'Asylum' at GRIN; Stephan Brigidi's 'The City' at Gallery Z
Andrea Lynn Santos’s art feels as if it’s tuning into some secret magic in the natural world.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2013


Scuzzy, cynical parables

Chris Kilduff's comics and works by Emily Coxe at AS220 Project Space
Chris Kilduff’s comics are scuzzy and barbed and vaguely disreputable the way punk comics are meant to be.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2013


From we the people to land of liberty

"Making It In America" at the RISD Museum
The question of what the United States means snakes through “Making It In America” at the RISD Museum.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2013


A sense of place

Nitkiewicz and Moses's "Dry Socket"; and works by Andrew Jacob
“Dry Socket,” Alison Nitkiewicz and Julia Moses’s installation at 186 Carpenter Street, feels like a futuristic goth cathedral erected in some sci-fi flick like, say, 'Blade Runner.'
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2013


Beds and flowers and metaphysics

Works by Leah Poller, Leslie Bostrom, and Steven Pestana
Some years back, New York artist Leah Poller was injured when a bronze sculpture she was working on fell on her. It left her temporarily bedridden, and got her thinking about what beds mean in our lives.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2013


A visionary streak

RIC's 'Annual Faculty Exhibition'; Donnamaria Bruton at Cade Tompkins
The “Annual Faculty Exhibition” at Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery exemplifies the visionary streak apparent in an intriguing show.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 26, 2013


Pop life

Sam Merritt at Machines with Magnets; Rebecca Adams at AS220
Fandom is the spark for Sam Merritt’s ebullient show “What Fills Our Time” at Machines With Magnets. She seems to be mulling how we find ourselves, define ourselves, and dream up ourselves based on inspirations from celebrities.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2013


Fall Arts Preview: Vivid visions

Warhol's 'Screen Tests'; plus, graffiti owls and creepy machines
“What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment,” Andy Warhol wrote of his 'Screen Tests.'
By: GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2013


A master, remembered

'Thomas Sgouros: Drawn to Paint,' at Woods-Gerry
In the early 1990s, Thomas Sgouros began to lose his sight. He had been an illustrator and a painter of fine art landscapes and still lifes. Macular degeneration would be the end of many artists’ work, but as the center of his vision failed and he was left with just snatches of peripheral vision, he launched on a new series of paintings in 1992.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2013


Ocean statement

'Locally Sourced' keeps it light at Craftland
How do we define local art? It seems like a simple question, but immediately you start asking: Must it be made here? By artists who live here? Do you include art made by folks who live in, say, New York but teach at RISD? Or art made by people who grew up here? Or once lived here?
By: GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2013


More is less

RISD's 'Locally Made' only scratches the surface
If the RISD Museum’s “Locally Made” is a warm-up for a more significant engagement with art made around these parts, then I’m okay with it.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 28, 2013


Captivating concepts

Provocative new work at Grin and Yellow Peril
Getting immersed in a sense of ritual and the physical drama of elemental forces in tension.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 21, 2013


Fantasy and reality

Mary Jane Begin's ponies and McDonald Wright's jazz
'My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea' is the story Mary Jane Begin was born to illustrate.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 14, 2013


Our fair ladies

'The American Muse' at the National Museum of American Illustration
The “Gibson Girls” — with wan expressions across their chiseled profiles, with their wavy hair piled atop their heads, with their fresh sporty attire and wasp waists — became icons of the Gilded Age bookending the start of the 20th century.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 31, 2013


A sensational sampler

'NetWorks 2011/2012' at the Newport Art Museum
The exhibit is a primary record of the cream of Rhode Island artists of our era.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 24, 2013


Beyond skin deep

Raquel Paiewonsky at Yellow Peril; Kelli Rae Adams at the Granoff Center
The giant fabric breasts clustered on the floor are the first thing you notice when you visit Raquel Paiewonsky’s great show, “im propia,” at Yellow Peril Gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2013

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