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The art of lust and life

'Reverse Cowgirl' at Yellow Peril Gallery
If Batman's dark latex costume-armor actually indicated his dark sexual appetites, Curtis Aric's Fluffer might be the motorcycle he'd ride — or at least keep in the Batcave for quiet kinky nights in.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2013


Land of make believe

Corey Grayhorse's 'Artificial Memories' at Craftland
"It's like getting to run away into a photograph," Corey Grayhorse tells me of her photos. "If I built it I could go there."
By: GREG COOK  |  April 03, 2013


Private parts

Jessica Thurber, Sarah Beck, Thomas Morrissey at AS220
There are certain subjects like photos of gruesome death or cute puppies or disembodied vulvas where criticism struggles to keep up with the awesome force of the pictures.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 27, 2013


A Richard Goulis retrospective at RIC’s Bannister Gallery

Escape artist
Sometimes I think if Richard Goulis had lived in New York or Los Angeles he'd be in the art history books, instead of being a guy from Providence whom we cherish for making our town a bit more crazy and dangerous and wondrous.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 20, 2013


Sign painter: Los Angeles painter Ed Ruscha

There's no denying that Los Angeles painter Ed Ruscha is one of the preeminent artists of the past half-century. But do I have to like him?
By: GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2013


Strip show: Lisa Nilsson's Tissue Series

A few years back, Lisa Nilsson was rummaging though a junk shop when she found a quilled crucifix.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2013


‘The Conditions Were Just Right’ at World’s Fair

The pleasure of patterns
At heart, "The Conditions Were Just Right" at World's Fair at Machines With Magnets (400 Main St, Pawtucket, through March 31) is about the subtle pleasures of geometry.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 13, 2013


Free hand: Frank Casazza's murals and graphics

Everything is happy in Frank Casazza's murals and graphics.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 13, 2013


Great art from the other Nick Cave

The Soundsuits by Chicagoan Nick Cave (not the rock star) are the dazzling mutant offspring of disco, Bigfoot, Teletubbies, African and Caribbean carnival costumes, troll dolls, flea markets, Wookiees, and cheerleader pompons.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 13, 2013


The ‘2013 RISD Faculty Biennial’

A wondrous window
Giant moths hover over the beacon atop the art deco Superman Building (okay, the Bank of America Building) in Chris Buzelli's dreamy painting for a poster advertising the national ICON Illustration Conference that was held in Providence last June.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 06, 2013


The ‘2013 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition’

A curious blend
"2013 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition," the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts' annual roundup of winners of the agency's $5000 and $1000 grants, is a curious experience.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 26, 2013


Scavenged sculpture and Dead Sea scrolls: 10 heady spring exhibits blooming in New England galleries

In Barry McGee's art, you'll find traces of influences lifted from thrift stores, tramp art, skating, punk, surfing, and Bay Area murals and psychedelia.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 28, 2013


‘Story/Line: Narrative Form in Six Graphic Novelists’ at RIC

Serious comics
"You could do a comic about it," a friend tells Gabrielle Bell in one of her comics.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 20, 2013


Amalia Pica’s emo sculpture

"There are so many interesting things in the world, and you think, 'How am I ever going to compete with that?' " Amalia Pica said at an opening-night talk for her exhibition at MIT's List Visual Art Center.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 20, 2013


‘Love Nest’ at Craftland; Ian Cozzens at AS220

Objects of desire
The ink drawings and watercolors of Jen Corace, a Providence artist and illustrator as well as one of the folks behind Craftland, often depict worlds of fairy tale adventure.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2013


Elegant scrapbook: ''Among From With Andrew Witkin''

Boston artist Andrew Witkin won the Institute of Contemporary Art's 2008 Foster Prize for local artists with a cryptic, minimalist apartment-like installation.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 13, 2013


Painting beyond the stretcher at the deCordova

"Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher" at the deCordova is a smart, sinewy examination of 18 artists who make "painting-as-sculpture and vice versa."
By: GREG COOK  |  February 13, 2013


Simen Johan at Brown and Maralie at Yellow Peril

Animal instincts
Weird stuff is happening in Simen Johan's photos in the exhibit "Until the Kingdom Comes" at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College St, Providence, through Feb. 17).
By: GREG COOK  |  February 06, 2013

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Paper tigers: ''Graphic Advocacy'' at MassArt

There's a curious lack of urgency in "Graphic Advocacy: International Posters of the Digital Age 2001-2012" at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 04, 2013


Talking about a revolution: ''Histories of Now'' at the School of the MFA

Last January, less than a year after crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square overthrew Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts presented "Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo."
By: GREG COOK  |  February 04, 2013


''X-Tra Zeus!'' showcases Providence’s comics superheroes

Astonishing visions
Providence is so flush with creative talent that it's easy to take it for granted and assume that most towns have it this good.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2013

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