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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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Following the evidence

‘CSI’ at the Museum of Science, plus Tom Sachs at Brandeis
“CSI: The Experience,” like a B-movie, is best if you don’t think too hard about it.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

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Jury’s got the verdict

‘Trans’ at Atlantic Works, ‘Red’ at Cambridge Art Association, Caroline Jones and David Joselit at MIT, Ralph Gibson at BU
Two well-judged shows light up the holiday horizon.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  December 09, 2007

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Promise deferred

The new ICA’s visual arts at one year
Last December 10, the Institute of Contemporary Art moved to brand new digs on the South Boston waterfront, tripling its exhibition space in the process.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

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Land ho!

Matthew Coolidge at the Carpenter Center, ‘Ana Maria Pacheco’ at the Danforth, and the December Sale at the SMFA
The Los Angeles site of the Center for Land Use Interpretation keeps a low physical profile.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 28, 2010

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Buying in

Consumer Culture at Montserrat, Mini Golf at Mass Art, and ‘Seek Alternate Routes’ at 119 Gallery
In late September 2001, President George W. Bush urged Americans to go shopping in support of the slumping US economy, equating purchasing with patriotism in the aftermath of 9/11.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 20, 2007



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Sketch artists

The BCA’s ‘20th Drawing Show,’ plus Little Lulu
A man with an ax walks out onto ice crusting over part of a pond and proceeds to chop a wavy line.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

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Apocalypse now

Cliff Evans at the Gardner, Félix González-Torres at Harvard
Empyrean is one of the rare Internet-inspired pieces with rich, complex, coherent form.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 15, 2007

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Knocking on Heaven’s Door

‘Almost Paradise’ at LaMontagne Gallery, ‘Out of the Blue’ at Proof, and Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons at BU
It’s difficult to embrace the idea of Utopia these days.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 13, 2007

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Girls, girls, girls

Japanese ukiyo-e paintings and more at the MFA
Around 1600, after a century of civil wars, Japan settled into an era of relative peace under the samurai warriors of Edo (present-day Tokyo).
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2007

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Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

‘Ozspirations’ at NESAD, Icons + Altars in Newton, Glenn Ligon at Harvard, Donald Kuspit at Simmons
Those utterly disturbing flying monkeys, the little ruby-slippered feet sticking out from under the farmhouse, the freaky talking apple trees . . .
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 06, 2007



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Touch the sky

Cliff Evans at the Gardner, Jim Lambie at the Mfa, ‘Ad|Agency’ at the PRC, and more
The term “polyptych” usually refers to the multi-panel paintings designed as altarpieces for churches and cathedrals in Gothic and Renaissance Europe.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 30, 2007

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Potpourri

Naked ladies, bearded ladies, naked dolls, and more
In Carolee Schneemann's 1975 performance Interior Scroll, she stood naked and read about sexism from a three-foot-long strip of paper that she pulled out of her vagina.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2007

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The Candy Man

Félix González-Torres at The Carpenter Center, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting at the Sackler, and Chuck Close and Robert Storr at BU
Glittering piles of cheap candies are probably Cuban-born artist Félix González-Torres’s most iconic works.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 23, 2007

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Les jours de gloire

Napoleon’s Empire style at the MFA
“Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800–1815” looks at the Napoleonic riddle in the mirror of its art.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 16, 2007

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I will survive

John Osorio-Buck in Lawrence, street art in Central Square, and Corita Kent’s Rainbow Gas Tank
“There is no such thing in civilized society as self-support,” claims a handwritten, hand-held, Dylan-esque cardboard sign.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 16, 2007



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Everyday use

Rethinking design at the ICA, and City Hall at Pinkcomma Gallery
Two new exhibits take design — the familiar background of our daily lives — and give it immediacy in a gallery setting.
By: DAVID EISEN  |  October 10, 2007

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Inspiration and a tune up

The mechanical arts
I’m lost. I was supposed to be at Aladdin Auto Service in Cambridge like now .
By: IAN SANDS  |  October 10, 2007

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The Empire strikes back

Napoleon at the MFA, Samuel MCIntire at PEM, and Local Food in Union Square
Napoleon himself was well aware of the force that iconic images can have on the public imagination.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 09, 2007

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Take it to the streets

Mexican street graphics at MassArt
“¡Sensacional! Mexican Street Graphics" is a funhouse of brilliantly clunky handmade Mexican street art.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2007

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Not a girl who misses much

Sound and video at MIT, “Eyewitness” at Axiom, Carolee Schneemann at Pierre Menard, and Kaspar König at the Sackler
Sound is all around: pop music acts as a hair trigger for memory.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 01, 2007


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