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Lady parts: ''The Origin of the World...'' at Samson


"The Origin of the World /\ The Force of the Source \/ The Cause of the Vigor" is a three parts brilliant, two parts non sequitur (or maybe it's the other way around) group show at Samson gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2013

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Black female power: Mickalene Thomas's paintings


Mickalene Thomas's paintings teleport us to a black-is-beautiful American 1960s and '70s.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 11, 2013

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Looking good: Upcoming art exhibits


Vaginas, posters, Ronald McDonald, grayed rainbows, and porcelain feature in our 10 most anticipated exhibitions of the winter.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 26, 2012

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Sandcastles and sunspots: The year in art


It was a year of bracing histories — '60s assassinations, '80s pandemics, and four decades of hubris in Iraq. But 2012's best art wasn't all bad news.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2012

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Abstract-Expressionist New England


"American Vanguards" at the Addison Gallery tells how a tiny group of New York friends — Stuart Davis, John Graham, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning "and their circle" — inspired by Picasso and Surrealism, exploded the last ties between Modernist painting and realism as they helped invent American Action Painting between the mid 1920s and mid '40s.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2012

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Family album: The Addison Gallery collects Innu snapshots


In 1969, Wendy Ewald traveled to northeastern Canada to invite Innu adolescents to photograph their community.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2012



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Traditional contemporary: Ambreen Butt


Ambreen Butt is best known for her "revisionist miniatures."
By: GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2012

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Science fiction at the List


One of the unsettling things about America today is how more and more people seem to think that evolution, global warming and math are matters of faith rather than evidence.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2012

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'Fear No Art 4' at Fourth Wall


A highlight of "Fear No Art 4," the Fourth Wall Project's exhibit "promoting and exposing underground art" is organizer Marka27's own paintings.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2012

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Hamra Abbas's war and peace pieces

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Hamra Abbas resists pinning down what her art is about, but her primary subjects are love and war and the relationship between the West and her native Pakistan — in history, in the colonial era, and since September 11.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2012

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David Curcio: needle point


The 40-year-old Watertown artist's delicate, endearing pictures are like scratched-out diaries of a heart laid bare.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 21, 2012



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Julianne Swartz: how deep?


A wildcard around art these days is the rise of Maker culture, the tribe of hip geeks devoted to DIY tinkering, engineering, electronics, and invention.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 21, 2012

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Out of the rubble: Torrent Engine 18, Boston's new art space


When an electrical fire tore through Pan9 six years ago, a handful of artists who lived and worked in the Warholian underground Allston art space (where the Dresden Dolls played their very first live show) were left homeless...
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 15, 2012

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Review: ''Insider/Outsider''


"Something I learned from going out into public spaces is that sometimes public space isn't actually public," says Sandrine Schaefer.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 14, 2012

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Sarah Hill’s Flesh Prison


A glam queer horror film, hallucinatory and visceral and jarring, a blast of emotions.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 14, 2012

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Helen Molesworth's moment


The ICA curator prepares for a bold new show — and a new way of thinking about art history.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2012



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Stone-cold killers: Worcester Art Museum hosts the largest floor mosiac

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In that rollicking era of Indiana Jones archeology in the 1930s, the Worcester Art Museum partnered with Princeton, Harvard, and the Louvre to dig up the ancient Roman trading city of Antioch in what is now Turkey.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 07, 2012

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Shots seen 'round the world


"Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation," the Worcester Art Museum's riveting survey of iconic news photos from the election of John F. Kennedy to the resignation of Richard Nixon, is one of the most depressing shows I've ever seen.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 07, 2012

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Battle lines: ''The Invention of Glory'' at the Peabody Essex Museum


Afonso V's conquests were an opening salvo in Europe's age of exploration and exploitation, "one of the first outward movements of the Portuguese empire that 50 years later is all the way to China," says curator Karina Corrigan of the Peabody Essex Museum, where the four recently conserved tapestries arrive in the exhibit "The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries."
By: GREG COOK  |  October 31, 2012

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Dor Guez's family matters


Some find Dor Guez's subjects controversial, apparently unable accept the fact that folks on the losing side of wars get screwed.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 31, 2012

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The Gardner gets crafty


Art museums are designed to celebrate the end results of the creative process. But one of Boston's most highbrow institutions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has developed new programming to foster that process on-site.
By: ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 31, 2012


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