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Two sides of Daniel Heyman; plus, RIC’s faculty exhibit

War and peace
Beginning in 2005, Daniel Heyman traveled to Jordan and Turkey with American lawyers, collecting testimony from Iraqis of human rights abuses.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2012


Bitner's bits

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


Honky-tonk heroes

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


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


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


Jon Laustsen’s miniatures; and AS220’s ‘Print Lottery’

Jon Laustsen of Woonsocket makes miniature construction sites — tiny rebar, scaffolding, wood framing for concrete, and cinderblocks being assembled into buildings on dollhouse-sized or model railroad-sized plots of dirt.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2012


Ain't that America

Sassy signs, obsessive patterns, and more
The bad news of this season is that the sharp-eyed folks behind R.K. Projects will be closing up shop in November after their fall exhibits, which include a group of Providence psychedelics and site-specific installations in Pawtucket (461 Main St from October 5-7).
By: GREG COOK  |  September 12, 2012


Jin Shan’s space station at Brown

Space oddity
Jin Shan's "My dad is Li Gang!" presents a common bike and a spectacular spacecraft that seem to float in Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery (64 College St, Providence, through November 4).
By: GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2012


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


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


James Starkman’s ‘Let Go’ at Yellow Peril

Wild things
Parkour is a French term for running around the city like awesome, crazy yahoos who let no obstacle stand in their way.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 28, 2012


William Trost Richards at the Newport Art Museum

‘Paradise’ found
Call it poor timing. The 19th-century seascape painter William Trost Richards is one of the granddaddies of Rhode Island art, but in the wide world of art he remains obscure.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 21, 2012


Science meets fantasy in Mollie Goldstrom’s prints

When worlds collide
If you hang around the art world much, you often hear that there are currently no major movements.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 14, 2012


Jack Keats and Howard Pyle

Well drawn
Ezra Jack Keats published The Snowy Day in 1962 — around the time Freedom Riders were being beaten for trying to integrate bus travel in the South and James Meredith was being barred from the University of Mississippi.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 17, 2012


Os Gêmeos delight and provoke

Brazilian surprises
Fox 25 viewers are in a tizzy about Brazilian graffiti stars Os Gêmeos's seven-story mural depicting a giant masked guy in Boston's Dewey Square after Fox Boston asked on Facebook Saturday: "What does it look like to you?"
By: GREG COOK  |  August 10, 2012


Maxfield Parrish, reconsidered

A window to dream worlds
An otherworldly light glows from Maxfield Parrish's paintings — part golden sunset, part moonlight, part fairy dust. It gives his paintings of dreamy women, wandering knights, Greek gods, fabled Bagdad merchants, and uncannily still landscapes an air of romance and mystery.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 07, 2012


Mass MoCa finds another country of art

Defining Canada
These days you often hear how the Web has made everything more accessible, how the art world is flat, how the art capitals no longer have a monopoly on ideas and whatnot.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 25, 2012


Two different approaches at the RISD Museum

Stripped down and plugged in
When Minimalist art began in the 1960s and ’70s, it was difficult stuff. Painters reduced their vocabularies to lines and grids as they pared painting down toward its essential ingredients.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 24, 2012


Bedford to the Rose

Turning over a new leaf?
Turning over a new leaf?
By: GREG COOK  |  July 18, 2012


A wide range of representation at AS220

Making it real
One of the notable developments of recent years is the return of realism, particularly hardcore realist painting from studio models.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 17, 2012


JUST ANNOUNCED: Christopher Bedford named new director for Rose Art Museum

Introducing the Rose's first director since 2009
Christopher Bedford, the 35-year-old chief curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, has been named the next director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 13, 2012

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