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Dreaming of celluloid

Dinh Q. Lê and Christian Tomaszewski at Tufts
Of the handful of contemporary Asian shows on view in and around Boston this winter, that of Dinh Q. Lê should prove unique — if only because the Vietnamese condition is so far removed from the rest of East Asia’s cultural boom.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  January 12, 2009


Ice ice baby

Polar landscapes at the Peabody Essex, plus monsters at the Museum of Science
In July 1860, Captain Isaac Israel Hayes's schooner, the United States, left Boston and sailed to the Arctic.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2009


Beauty and the East

Boston-area art spaces look to Asia this winter
Gallery-goers with an affinity for art from Asia will have plenty of reason for excitement with a handful of enticing shows this winter.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 29, 2008


ICA artists ring in the new year

Andrew Witkin at LaMontagne, Douglas Weathersby at Judi Rotenberg
If you feel you haven’t spent enough high-quality time with ANDREW WITKIN at the ICA’s Foster Prize exhibition (which closes March 1) or you just weren’t paying attention — fear not.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 30, 2008


Year in Art: Beyond the gloom

Continuing cheer in dark times
The Boston art scene felt muted for much of 2008, with 10 galleries closing and the death of two local icons: Harriet Casdin-Silver and Jules Aarons.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 22, 2008


Grand seductions

Marriage at the Gardner, decoration at Montserrat, Milton Rogovin at Kayafas
If you've been desirous of an eminently tasteful exhibit that undermines the sanctity of marriage, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's "The Triumph of Marriage: Painted Cassoni of the Renaissance" may be for you.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 16, 2008


Drawing to a close

Lalla Essaydi at Howard Yezerski, Julia Featheringill and Barbara Gallucci at Carroll And Sons
With the end of the 2008 art season quickly approaching, the following South End shows offer a last chance to squeeze in some high-class viewing.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 19, 2008


The diary of a young girl

Found art
Twenty-two years ago, Jessica Deane Rosner was headed home from a job as an artist’s model in Rhode Island and discovered her car had been towed.
By: KARA HADGE  |  December 10, 2008


I wanna rock

LaMontagne’s vision for Boston art
In 1982, a group of local hardcore punk bands released what would turn out to be a landmark compilation album, This Is Boston, Not L.A.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2008


End-of-year exhibitions reveal mystery and beauty

Laura Baring-Gould and Laura Evans at Boston Sculptors Gallery, ‘Regarding Mystery and Beauty’ at GASP, Korean-born artists at Smith College Museum of Art
Think it’s impossible to find a newish gallery show at the end of December? Think again.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 16, 2008


Instant messages

Cindy Bernard at the Mills Gallery, Do-Ho Suh at Tufts, ‘Human Nature(S)’ At The Worcester Art Museum  
The immediacy of communicating personal information that Internet culture and high bandwidth provide is not part of the new exhibition at the Mills Gallery, which eschews digital technology altogether.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 09, 2008


The Apocalypse versus stupid human tricks

Paul Chan, Adel Abdessemed, and Andrew Neumann
Among the most poetic and moving artwork to come out of 9/11 is Paul Chan’s series of videos The 7 Lights .
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2008


Loud and clear

The 2008 Foster Prize at the ICA, Adel Abdessemed at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center
Although it's no stretch to say that contemporary artists are eager to say something, the art world has seen its fair share of awkwardly shitty gallery talks.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  November 26, 2008


Help wanted

‘Anything But Paper Prayers (The Annual Aids Benefit)’ at Barbara Krakow Gallery, ‘Icons + Altars’ at the New Art Center, ‘Annual Holiday Sale’ at Massart
I can’t speak for everyone, but I’d take a painting over a snowflake sweater any day of the week.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  November 21, 2008


Game show

Who will win the ICA's Foster Prize?
On November 12, the Institute of Contemporary Art opened its biennial Foster Prize exhibit of “Boston-area artists of exceptional promise.”
By: GREG COOK  |  November 18, 2008


Id vicious

The Museum School Art Sale at SMFA, ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock + Roll’ at Steven Zevitas Gallery
Money is a dominant topic of conversation in the art world even when there isn’t a global financial crisis.
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  November 13, 2008


The great Boston art shakeout

Ten local galleries closed this year. Where are we going?
By September, the Harrison Avenue gallery district seemed to have become a zombie, stiffly stumbling forward, as the citywide exhibit-space upheaval that began this past spring caught up with the neighborhood.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 14, 2008



Photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
In "Karsh 100: A Biography in Images," which is now up at the Museum of Fine Arts, his iconic shots of Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, and Ernest Hemingway are defining portraits of the men in all their crusty manliness.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 14, 2008


Photos: Exposures

A slideshow of photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
A slideshow of photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
By: BOSTON PHOENIX WEB STAFF  |  November 11, 2008


Body and Sol

‘Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective’ at Mass MoCA
What’s the last time you really enjoyed 100 of something?
By: EVAN J. GARZA  |  November 11, 2008


Slideshow: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol: Pop Politics, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, September 27 – January 4
Andy Warhol: Pop Politics, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, September 27 – January 4
By:  |  November 05, 2008

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