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

Works-in-progress
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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Bedford to the Rose

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

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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

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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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Hartley’s Gloucester; plus, Cristi Rinklin

Dogtown genius
Marsden Hartley returned to Gloucester in 1931 like so many traditional painters making the summer pilgrimage to the city's shores and fishing wharves, except he was part of Alfred Stieglitz's Modernist circle in New York, had imbibed French Cubism in Paris and German Expressionism in Berlin, and was a friend of Gertrude Stein and Wassily Kandinsky.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 11, 2012

Walter Addison’s artistic menagerie at Cade Tompkins Projects

Call of the ‘wild’
Walter Addison's paintings transport you back in time, to the jazzy hopping New York of the years bookending World War II.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 02, 2012

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''Let’s Talk about Bikes'' at the BSA Space

Pedal power
A hit of the 1939 New York World's Fair was General Motors' "Futurama," a vast model landscape lined with superhighways that arrived at a metropolis of gleaming skyscrapers.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 02, 2012

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Josiah McElheny’s cosmos at the ICA

Spacey
In 2000, when Josiah McElheny attended his first performance at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, he was wowed by the auditorium's 1966 midcentury modern "starburst" chandeliers.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 29, 2012

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Natalie Gruppuso’s ‘Love and Equality’ at Yellow Peril

Happily ever after (finally)
When the Massachusetts Supreme Court approved gay marriage, I covered one of the first gay weddings there as a reporter in 2004.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2012


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