Top 10 New England Art Exhibits of 2010

Art – and art spaces — of all sizes
By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2010


Randy Regier was the star of the "2010 DeCordova Biennial," with his "lifesize" spacecraft, spacesuit, and ephemera that combined boyish wonder with questions about how 1950s American Dreams had devolved into today's dreary reality. For the biennial, moreover, curator Dina Deitsch rebooted the DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum's regular local-talent search with a vital selection of familiar faces (Otto Piene, Paul Laffoley) and emerging artists, demonstrating that local round-ups don't need to be stuffy or square. Regier followed up with an installation at Wentworth Institute of Technology that looked like a '60s living room with a lamp tumbled over and an electric "shocking" robot singeing the carpet. Something had gone horribly awry. Using his unique craftsmanship to suggest pulpy, poignant tales, the Portland sculptor demonstrated once again why he is one of the best artists in the country.

SLIDESHOW:The 2010 DeCordova Biennial.

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