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Scenes from childhood

The DeCordova’s classic kids photos, plus Pixnit’s graffiti, and Malcolm X
His head is bowed and his eyes are closed. It was three days before he was gunned down at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2008

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Majoring and minering in theater

'The World as a Stage' at the ICA
The re-enactment is part community therapy, part exorcism; the resulting video is tense and visceral and heartbreaking.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2008

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Wings of desire

Samuel Bak’s ‘Remembering Angels’
Half a millennium after her birth, in the wake of world wars and genocides, she’s become timeless.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 30, 2008

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Time is on my side

David Claerbout at MIT, Children at the DeCordova, Kabuki Theater at the Peabody Essex, and more
We tend to take the passage of time for granted, reconciling such disparate experiences as 10 minutes spent rushing through lunch and 10 minutes spent waiting for a bus.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 29, 2008

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The roar of the greasepaint

‘The World as a Stage’ at the ICA, ‘British Prints 1914–1939’ and ‘Traveling Scholars’ at the MFA, and Colombian Artists at GASP
“Theatricality” used to have negative connotations when used to describe fine art: glitzy surface rather than nourishing substance, suspiciously melodramatic gesture, the faked as opposed to the Real.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 23, 2008

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Bought and sold

Rampant consumerism and Iván Navarro at Tufts, ‘Some Sort of Uncertainty’ at Axiom
So I’d like to declare that art about consumerism is one of the æsthetic trends of our young millennium.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 22, 2008



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Diamonds in the rough

Holocaust survivor Meyer Hack kept a special collection of jewelry secret for 60 years
In 1941, 27-year-old Polish Jew Meyer Hack was deported to Auschwitz along with his mother, two sisters, and brother.
By: IAN SANDS  |  January 17, 2008

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Ill wind

Apocalyptic dread in the galleries
In the muddy rusty autumnal scrub, a fox, who could have been imagined by Richard Scarry, sits on a log and a smiling rabbit lies in brambles.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 14, 2008

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Re-creational vehicle

‘Broken Home: 1997/2007,’ ‘Empires and Environments,’ and ‘Arp to Reinhardt’ at the Rose, ‘Selections ’08’ at Mass Art, and Liz Linder at Space 242
Gallery exhibitions organized by high-profile outside curators have become an art-season staple.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 14, 2008

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Unguarded glamour

The Queens' Queen
In the formative days of her photography career, Kelly Davidson snapped portraits of dolls, and she took it seriously.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 09, 2008

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Acquiring minds

‘Branded and On Display’ and Iván Navarro at Tufts, David Ording and Ledelle Moe at BU
Given that virtually every activity in our lives is experienced through purchases, the exhibition’s focus on branding is sure to resonate with those of us facing post-holiday bills.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 08, 2008



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Waste management

‘Cornucopia’ at Montserrat, ‘Ad/Agency’ at the PRC, and Jim Lambie at the MFA
One of the essential lessons I’ve gleaned from the magazine Martha Stewart Living is that if you put together a collection of junk that’s all the same color, it’s almost always interesting to look at.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 07, 2008

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We’ll fry anything

Corn Dogs + Blue Ribbons at Montserrat, Boston Does Boston at Proof, and Some Sort of Uncertainty at Axiom
The dead of winter is a great time to conjure the seedy pleasures and heady aromas of a good country fair, steeped in sheep and fried dough.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 02, 2008

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Doodle bugs

Brushes with greatness
Every teen mag worth its weight in heartthrobs can tell you what your notebook doodlings reveal about your personality.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 02, 2008

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Fabulous faker

Zhang Daqian’s imaginary landscapes, plus “A Tradition Redefined”
It was a sublime scene, even though the seven-foot-tall painting was cracked, threadbare in places, patched in others, and dulled by a gray-brown murk.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 31, 2007

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Tempo tantrum

Artists mess with time, re-enact art history, and hop up on stage in ’08
In 2008, the fourth dimension, time, steps to the fore in the art world.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  December 26, 2007



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Gardner growing pains

Her will be done
Isabella Stewart Gardner’s will is explicit: the experience she choreographed for visitors to her museum must continue in perpetuity.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 19, 2007

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Gods and monsters — and David Hasselhoff

Art: 2007 in review
The Museum of Fine Arts did big things with Napoleon and Edward Hopper, pictures of prostitutes graced the walls of Boston’s two biggest art museums, and all hell broke loose when the Mooninites invaded.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2007

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Kraftwerk

Textiles from the Wiener Werkstätte at the Busch-Reisinger, Solstice Soirée at the Gardner, Faculty Exhibition at BU, and Holiday Sale at Harvard’s Ceramics Studio
The same early-20th-century Vienna that eventually produced Freud, Schoenberg, and Wittgenstein was also the site of a renaissance in arts and crafts.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  December 11, 2007

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The old neighborhood

Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris at Gallery Kayafas, plus videos at MIT
Some call Charles “Teenie” Harris’s five decades of photos of Pittsburgh one of the grandest chronicles of African-American life ever assembled.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2007

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Whitewash

Can a striking exhibit at Harvard really make us see ancient Greek and Roman sculpture — and the roots of racism — as we never have before?
“Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture in Classical Antiquity” presents striking evidence that the white marbles were once painted in bold Technicolor.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007


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