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Big, bold, and compelling, murals are having their moment in Providence

The city as canvas
Some weeks back, painter Agustin Patino drove me down Broad Street in South Providence in his wife's Jeep.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 05, 2011

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Britannia rules at RISD’s “Made In the UK”

Top of the pops
"Made In the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection," a survey of post-World War II British art at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through January 8), arrives as British artists are the top of the pops.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 04, 2011

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FirstWorks’ eighth annual “Pixilerations”

Balancing act: tech and art
Rebecca Mushtare's StoryQuilt invites you to sit at a faux sewing machine and tell it a story, which the Mount Kisco, New York, artist's software converts into a virtual quilt that is projected on the wall above.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 27, 2011

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New works at the PAC, 60 Orange Street, Bannister Gallery

Around the town
"Outside the Lines: New Classics from Top Drawer Art Center" at the Providence Art Club (11 Thomas Street, through September 30) features 20 artists from Top Drawer's art programs in Warren for adults with developmental disabilities.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 20, 2011

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The MFA pulls out the stops for contemporary art with the Linde Family Wing

Playing catch-up
A conundrum lies at the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts' Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, which debuted last weekend: how does a museum showcase a subject it has long neglected?
By: GREG COOK  |  September 21, 2011

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A British invasion and the local hall of fame

Autumn offerings
The art season follows the school year.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2011



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Brown’s “Building Expectation” showcases architectural visions

Back to the future
One of the curious things about the future, as Nathaniel Robert Walker observes, is that "nearly everyone can recognize the place where no one has been." It's all clean, efficient, gleaming metal and glass skyscrapers; pervasive digital technology; and flying cars. And, it turns out, it's a vision that has been with us for a century.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2011

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Swoon indoors and out

Street cred
Swoon is one of the most celebrated street artists in the US, so why does her wall of bugs and monsters inside the Institute of Contemporary Art feel so meh?
By: GREG COOK  |  September 13, 2011

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Autumn blossoms: Our 10 most anticipated art shows this fall

This season, the galleries are filled with light shows, monster rock and roll, and naked ladies
This fall is a season of celebrations and new beginnings as the Museum of Fine Arts opens its new contemporary art wing, the Institute of Contemporary Art turns 75, the Addison Gallery reopens after fixing its roof, and Brandeis's Rose Art Museum reopens after a mini renovation and settling a lawsuit by backing off from its threat to close for good.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2011

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''Not About Paint'' and ''Close Distance''

Close and far
"Not About Paint" at Steven Zevitas Gallery (450 Harrison Ave, through August 20) is a bright, buoyant survey of New York abstraction today.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2011

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Emily Klass at Craftland; China Blue at Newport Art Museum

Interpreting patterns
The main motif of Emily Klass's pen and black ink drawings is circles.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 09, 2011



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Painting – and video – of the American landscape

Manifest destiny
"Painting the American Vision" — 45 rapturous paintings from the New York Historical Society — surveys the Hudson River School painters, dubbed for the upstate New York river where they spent their summers prospecting for sights to transform into ravishing canvases in their Manhattan studios each winter.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 02, 2011

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Eva Hesse at the ICA and Tory Fair at the deCordova

Women's work
Hesse's ability to imbue her art with body and blood and gravity anticipated the kinder, gentler minimalism of today's Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, and Roni Horn, as well as the fleshy fairy-tale figures of Kiki Smith. Boston sculptor Tory Fair has descended from Smith's family tree, with glossy resin or lumpy rubber casts of her own nude body uncannily sprouting vines and flowers.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 26, 2011

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The deCordova thinks about ''murals''

Off the Wall
In "Wall Works" at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, curatorial fellow Lexi Lee Sullivan attempts to corral a trend in art today that spans graffiti and interior decoration.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 19, 2011

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Review: Tom Wolfe at The NMAI and Trent Burleson at the NAM

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Tom Wolfe is famous for authoring the nonfiction books The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test , as well as the novel The Bonfire of the Vanities . And for wearing white suits, sometimes with matching homburg hat and gloves.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 12, 2011

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Review: ''Remember the Ladies'' at the Newport Art Museum

Women's work
Rhode Island is one of the preeminent places for art-making in America, thanks in great part to the Rhode Island School of Design, but what would it be without its pioneering women?  
By: GREG COOK  |  July 07, 2011



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The MCC Awards at Tufts, 'Flourish' at MassArt, and 'The Cave Project'

Thinking locally
On the whole, I wish many of these 13 grant winners were more exciting. The art often feels conservative or academic. Even when the craft is impressive, the artists often seem to have little they care about and little to say.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 11, 2011

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Review: ''Among the Breakage'' scratches the surface at Bell Gallery

An incomplete picture
Over the past dec-ade, Providence art has been known for its visionary printmaking and graphics, crafty constructions, and funhouse installations, but local painting has tended to operate out of the limelight.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 28, 2011

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Greased up in Gloucester

Big Slick
When people picture the greasy pole, they often envision men scaling a vertical pole, as in Boston's Festival Betances.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 22, 2011

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Review: Kovac's ''Comfortable Distance'; Kurt's ''Sex Objects''

Covered up, stripped down
In Delia Kovac's painting Semi Self-Portrait As a Ski Mask , the eyes stare out of the cartooned mask doleful and maybe a bit bonkers, while the mouth hole is empty.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 21, 2011

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Phoenix critic confesses all

Flushed
As the anniversary of the show approached, it seemed like the MFA might let this landmark in its history — and Boston art history — pass unnoted. So I stepped up as, let's say, a guest curator.    
By: GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2011


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