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Sage and Tanguy at Wellesley, O'Reilly and Hartley at Yezerski
Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy liked each other's paintings of surreal rocky blobs rising on vast, empty landscapes before they met in Paris in 1938, and they liked each other when they were introduced.
| October 25, 2011
Ellen Driscoll’s ‘Distant Mirrors’; plus, ‘Palimpsestic’
A few weeks back, three artificial islands made of recycled plastic and dotted with little model buildings — houses, a watch tower, an oil refinery, the Tower of Babel — were floated down the Providence River and anchored just south of the Crawford Street Bridge at South Water Street.
| October 19, 2011
'Dance/Draw' at the ICA
When the Institute of Contemporary Art hired Helen Molesworth away from Harvard in 2010, it seemed like the ICA's new chief curator might fill a big gap at the institution: the ability to put together strong theme exhibits.
| October 18, 2011
Signs of War: The Afghanistan War 10th Anniversary Highway Banner Project
Questions on the Overpass
I'd climbed onto the guardrails of the Dorchester Avenue overpass in Boston to tie a recycled bed sheet to the chain-link fencing. The sheet bore the inscription, 1ST LT. TIMOTHY STEELE, 25, DIED AUG. 23, 2011, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, and it puffed with wind from I-93 rushing below.
| October 17, 2011
'Degas and the Nude' at MFA
Baby got back
A splendid survey of a modern master as well as girls, girls, girls.
| October 12, 2011
Works by Andrew Moon Bain, Elisa D’Arrigo, Serena Perrone
Shape shifting and dreamy visions
In "Talking Leaves," Andrew Moon Bain's show at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through October 29), his painting and collage Triple Black depicts a red mermaid and black seahorses floating atop a tumultuous sea amidst old sailing ships.
| October 11, 2011
Videos: Selections from the Afghanistan War YouTube Video Fest
Scenes from a decade of war
To mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, Phoenix art critic Greg Cook presents the “Afghanistan War YouTube Video Fest,” a screening of videos documenting the conflict.
| October 07, 2011
Big, bold, and compelling, murals are having their moment in Providence
The city as canvas
Some weeks back, painter Agustin Patino drove me down Broad Street in South Providence in his wife's Jeep.
| October 05, 2011
Britannia rules at RISD’s “Made In the UK”
Top of the pops
"Made In the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection," a survey of post-World War II British art at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through January 8), arrives as British artists are the top of the pops.
| October 04, 2011
FirstWorks’ eighth annual “Pixilerations”
Balancing act: tech and art
Rebecca Mushtare's StoryQuilt invites you to sit at a faux sewing machine and tell it a story, which the Mount Kisco, New York, artist's software converts into a virtual quilt that is projected on the wall above.
| September 27, 2011
New works at the PAC, 60 Orange Street, Bannister Gallery
Around the town
"Outside the Lines: New Classics from Top Drawer Art Center" at the Providence Art Club (11 Thomas Street, through September 30) features 20 artists from Top Drawer's art programs in Warren for adults with developmental disabilities.
| September 20, 2011
The MFA pulls out the stops for contemporary art with the Linde Family Wing
A conundrum lies at the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts' Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, which debuted last weekend: how does a museum showcase a subject it has long neglected?
| September 21, 2011
A British invasion and the local hall of fame
The art season follows the school year.
| September 14, 2011
Brown’s “Building Expectation” showcases architectural visions
Back to the future
One of the curious things about the future, as Nathaniel Robert Walker observes, is that "nearly everyone can recognize the place where no one has been." It's all clean, efficient, gleaming metal and glass skyscrapers; pervasive digital technology; and flying cars. And, it turns out, it's a vision that has been with us for a century.
| September 14, 2011
Swoon indoors and out
Swoon is one of the most celebrated street artists in the US, so why does her wall of bugs and monsters inside the Institute of Contemporary Art feel so meh?
| September 13, 2011
Autumn blossoms: Our 10 most anticipated art shows this fall
This season, the galleries are filled with light shows, monster rock and roll, and naked ladies
This fall is a season of celebrations and new beginnings as the Museum of Fine Arts opens its new contemporary art wing, the Institute of Contemporary Art turns 75, the Addison Gallery reopens after fixing its roof, and Brandeis's Rose Art Museum reopens after a mini renovation and settling a lawsuit by backing off from its threat to close for good.
| September 14, 2011
''Not About Paint'' and ''Close Distance''
Close and far
"Not About Paint" at Steven Zevitas Gallery (450 Harrison Ave, through August 20) is a bright, buoyant survey of New York abstraction today.
| August 18, 2011
Emily Klass at Craftland; China Blue at Newport Art Museum
The main motif of Emily Klass's pen and black ink drawings is circles.
| August 09, 2011
Painting – and video – of the American landscape
"Painting the American Vision" — 45 rapturous paintings from the New York Historical Society — surveys the Hudson River School painters, dubbed for the upstate New York river where they spent their summers prospecting for sights to transform into ravishing canvases in their Manhattan studios each winter.
| August 02, 2011
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
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