bestnom1000x50

Boston arts institutions flexed their muscles in 2011

Boom town!
By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2011

WORLD WAR WONDERS
As modern art became less and less engaged with current events, pulp magazines used their deliciously lurid entertainments to channel common anxieties of the Depression and the onset of World War II. "Pulp Fiction Paintings" at the Robert Lehman Art Center at the Brooks School in North Andover showed that at a time when much had gone to hell and it often wasn't clear whom to blame or what should be done, the pulps' slam-bang cover art offered clarity and solace in stories of good guys protecting us from German and Japanese invaders.

READ MORE: "Pulp art at the Brooks School," by Greg Cook

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10  |   next >
Related:
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
    The bleakest months of New England winter are ahead of us, so the prospect of leaving your toasty house to see art may not be at the top of your to-do list.
  • States of the art
    In New England, where you can't swing a sack of cranberries without hitting a venerable cultural institution, anyone with access to a car (or even a subway pass) can scope out these topnotch art museums.
  • Art in the air conditioning
    From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
  • More more >
  Topics: Museum And Gallery , Institute of Contemporary Art , Museum of Fine Arts , Peabody Essex Museum ,  More more >
| More
Featured Articles in Museum And Gallery:
ARTICLES BY GREG COOK
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   PERFECTLY HUMAN  |  April 16, 2014
    Sometimes I think you can understand everything about our society today by considering it through two themes — the perfection of technology versus the messily human handmade.
  •   THE LAST FRONTIER  |  April 02, 2014
    They say that temperatures in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica haven’t been above freezing in millennia.
  •   ASSURED ABSTRACTIONS  |  March 19, 2014
    “The golden age of abstraction is right now,” ARTnews informed me last spring.
  •   COMMON GROUND  |  March 12, 2014
    “I did everything in the world to keep this from happening,” exclaims the assistant to the rich man in Kerry Tribe’s There Will Be ___ _.
  •   LOCAL LUMINARIES  |  March 05, 2014
    Reenacting a childhood photo, portraits of fabulous old ladies, and dollhouse meditations on architecture are among the artworks featured in the “2014 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition.”

 See all articles by: GREG COOK