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Eva Hesse at the ICA and Tory Fair at the deCordova
Hesse's ability to imbue her art with body and blood and gravity anticipated the kinder, gentler minimalism of today's Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, and Roni Horn, as well as the fleshy fairy-tale figures of Kiki Smith. Boston sculptor Tory Fair has descended from Smith's family tree, with glossy resin or lumpy rubber casts of her own nude body uncannily sprouting vines and flowers.
| July 26, 2011
The deCordova thinks about ''murals''
Off the Wall
In "Wall Works" at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, curatorial fellow Lexi Lee Sullivan attempts to corral a trend in art today that spans graffiti and interior decoration.
| July 19, 2011
Review: Tom Wolfe at The NMAI and Trent Burleson at the NAM
Tom Wolfe is famous for authoring the nonfiction books The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test , as well as the novel The Bonfire of the Vanities . And for wearing white suits, sometimes with matching homburg hat and gloves.
| July 12, 2011
Review: ''Remember the Ladies'' at the Newport Art Museum
Rhode Island is one of the preeminent places for art-making in America, thanks in great part to the Rhode Island School of Design, but what would it be without its pioneering women?
| July 07, 2011
The MCC Awards at Tufts, 'Flourish' at MassArt, and 'The Cave Project'
On the whole, I wish many of these 13 grant winners were more exciting. The art often feels conservative or academic. Even when the craft is impressive, the artists often seem to have little they care about and little to say.
| July 11, 2011
Review: ''Among the Breakage'' scratches the surface at Bell Gallery
An incomplete picture
Over the past dec-ade, Providence art has been known for its visionary printmaking and graphics, crafty constructions, and funhouse installations, but local painting has tended to operate out of the limelight.
| June 28, 2011
Greased up in Gloucester
When people picture the greasy pole, they often envision men scaling a vertical pole, as in Boston's Festival Betances.
| June 22, 2011
Review: Kovac's ''Comfortable Distance'; Kurt's ''Sex Objects''
Covered up, stripped down
In Delia Kovac's painting Semi Self-Portrait As a Ski Mask , the eyes stare out of the cartooned mask doleful and maybe a bit bonkers, while the mouth hole is empty.
| June 21, 2011
Phoenix critic confesses all
As the anniversary of the show approached, it seemed like the MFA might let this landmark in its history — and Boston art history — pass unnoted. So I stepped up as, let's say, a guest curator.
| June 24, 2011
Local artists commemorate -- and re-stage -- a legendary protest
"Flush with the Walls" at the MFA
A group of 21 local artists have snuck their drawings, prints, photos and sculptures into a pair of bathrooms at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts for a one-night, guerilla exhibit.
| June 15, 2011
Man Ray and Lee Miller at the Peabody Essex Museum
"Man Ray | Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism," organized by curator Phillip Prodger at the Peabody Essex Museum, is an impressive exhibit of 76 photos, paintings, sculptures, and letters that came out of their steamy three-year affair, plus art by their pals — Picasso, Calder, Le Corbusier.
| June 24, 2011
Review: Leitzel and Billings at AS220; and ''Creative Collective''
Light and dark
In Marc Leitzel's sharply real scratchboard drawings in AS220's main gallery (115 Empire Street, Providence, through June 25), he depicts a tense moment between a couple in bed, a wind-blown woman wrapped in a cape, and a woman with tree branches and leaves bound up in her hair and opossums or rodents peeking out from the leaves.
| June 14, 2011
Angry art: ''Rhode Island Blows''
A few months back, openly gay Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox backed away from a same-sex marriage bill, which he believed would not pass, and threw his support behind civil unions.
| June 15, 2011
The must-see art of the summer
Season of surreality
Summer art in New England means driving up Route 1 in Maine with the car windows down, past the odd and amazing roadside metal giraffes and caterpillars, and discovering — as I did a few summers back — a nondescript house that turns out to be Fawcett's Antique Toy & Art Museum.
| June 10, 2011
What neighbors helping neighbors can show us about good government
We take care of our own
Montana Phipps was supposed to go out for a run with a friend after school, but the dark storm clouds squelched their plans. So on June 1, she was in her bedroom at the end of Stewart Avenue, with a view across her neighborhood of wide lawns, hedges, and leafy trees in Monson, a town of some 8500 people nestled in a valley about two hours' drive west of Boston.
| June 09, 2011
Review: Cody Thompson's ''Witch Doctor'' at Craftland
The human touch
The owl-falcon smiles with demonic, googly-eyes and a wide, maniacal, fanged grin.
| June 07, 2011
DeCordova looks ahead with Andy Goldsworthy and Ursula von Rydingsvard
Goldsworthy straddles land art and environmental art.
| June 02, 2011
Review: ''Conversations'' at West Side Arts; plus, Tayo Heuser
Darkness and light
William Schaff's art is full of bloody warmongers, flaming demons, terminally ill patients, ecstatic saints, and drunks vomiting up heaps of emaciated bodies.
| May 31, 2011
Review: ''The 2011 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition''
Hello, we must be going
Walking into the "2011 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition" at the Rhode Island Convention Center (1 Sabin Street, Providence, through June 4), you can't miss Laura Swanson's Homemade Bull .
| May 24, 2011
Review: JustSeeds' ''Resourced!'' focuses on ecology at AS220
The art of protest
The political printmaking group JustSeeds was begun by Josh MacPhee in Portland, Oregon, in 1998 as a way to distribute art and posters.
| May 17, 2011
Pulp art at the Brooks School
Thrilling, fascinating, different!
A tank with a giant drill on the front erupts from under the street of a burning city.
| May 23, 2011
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