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By GREG COOK  |  December 16, 2008

Organizers carefully don't call these 19 folks the state's "best" artists — they favor "accomplished" or "premiere" instead — but at its core, it's a hall of fame show. (Let the backlash begin.) They are by and large artists Chazan has collected and/or affiliated with AS220. It skews toward well-established artists, whose work I tend to respect more than I enjoy. And it's not the most flattering or informative presentation of each artist's work. (This is a difficult show to pull off — lots of artists, just a small sample of each.)

However, the videos, which may be the most lasting part of the project, do a good job of showcasing the art and artists. (To see them, get a catalogue or search YouTube for "NetWorks" and "AS220.") There are artists I'd add or drop, but the group does feel like a representative sample of Rhode Island art. If you're trying to build an archive of contemporary local art, "NetWorks" ain't a bad way to start.

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