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Live through this

Printmakers consider sustainability
Sustainable living has, of course, long been a concern, but worries about global warming have pushed it to the forefront. And increasingly made it the subject of art.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 25, 2008

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Man and Wife

Harry Callahan’s photos of Eleanor at RISD
"I think I've photographed the same things all my life," Harry Callahan said in 1991. "Buildings and grasses and people walking." And, for a stretch running from about 1941 to 1963, that included his wife, Eleanor.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 19, 2008

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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

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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

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Life in Hell

Entang Wiharso and Chris Forgues's harrowing visions
Wiharso, who lives in North Kingstown, fills 5 Traverse with a harrowing dance of demons in black silhouettes and ruddy flesh (well, charcoal, acrylic, enamel, and spray paint).
By: GREG COOK  |  November 12, 2008

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Exposures

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



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Political Andy?

Warhol's court-painter years; plus doodling at the Rose
Was Andy Warhol more politically engaged than he's given credit for?
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2008

State council snubs artists

Okay, Define 'Creative'
On October 8, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill establishing a first-in-the-nation state-level Creative Economy Council.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 05, 2008

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Radical chic

Shepard Fairey posters Harvard Square
“The gallery system relies on supply and demand, and I created a demand for my work by doing street art.”  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 31, 2008

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The other stuff

Machines with Magnets’ Museum of Small Finds
The apparent inspiration for the Museum of Small Finds at Machines with Magnets is a Renaissance cabinet of wonders
By: GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2008

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Afterglow

Rachel Whiteread’s dollhouse village at the MFA, Erwin Redl’s red-light district at Emerson
The installation is a bit of a shift for Whiteread, who’s best known for making plaster, rubber, resin, or concrete casts of old used mattresses, a staircase, the entire interior of rooms.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 27, 2008



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Peter the gadfly

Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann is a national treasure. Maybe that’s why George W. Bush wants to bury him.
Bread and Puppet Theater is the landmark political troupe that has been pricking US presidents and policies with a unique brand of street theater since JFK was in office.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2008

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Back to the barricades

Can reenacting Vietnam-era protests help us rethink Iraq?
In the fall of 2005, when the artist and curator Mark Tribe began teaching at Brown University, he was struck by how little protest there was on campus at a time of war.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2008

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Chihuly lite

RISD’s sprawling exhibit could use more ‘wow’
The main problem with “Chihuly At RISD,” on view at the RISD Museum’s new Chace Center (through January 4), is that there’s not enough Dale Chihuly here.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2008

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Styrofoam sorcery

Tara Donovan's mad-scientist magic invades the ICA
They seem like something dreamed up by a mad-scientist Martha Stewart tinkering in her cellar late at night.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2008

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Bicyclists to spell support for Obama

Election cycle
There are the usual ways of spelling out your support for a candidate, and then there’s this weekend’s “Bike Write for Obama.”  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2008



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Funhouse

“New Obstructions” at AS220; “Trash” at 5 Traverse
AS220’s exhibit “New Obstructions” is one of those right-on ideas that seem to come so naturally to the institution.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2008

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Boys’ life

Childhood play becomes macho in Boston galleries
The art features boy toys (no dolls, thank you very much), gadgets, and secret clubhouses.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008

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RISD redefined

With the dramatic new Chace Center, the art school reaches outward
Rhode Island School of Design’s new Chace Center is the physical embodiment of the 131-year-old institution’s effort to rebrand itself as a more open place.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2008

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Generation gap

"Black Womanhood" at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum and Cultural Center
It’s an uneven show with a dour vision that leaves a mediciny taste in your mouth — and, I think, offers signs of a generation gap among curators.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2008

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Big Red

Brown offers a mirror-view of the 20th century
“Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons” is one of the best exhibits you’ll see in New England this year.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2008


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