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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



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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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



“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


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


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


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


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


Stone age

Assyrians get their war on at the MFA
The works range from the ninth to the seventh century BC, when Assyria dominated the Near East, ruling lands from present-day Iran to Israel to Egypt.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2008


Autumn views

New spaces and fresh faces
The big news of Providence’s fall arts season is the completion of the RISD Museum’s Chace Center, which offers new exhibition, educa-tion, retail, and administrative space.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 10, 2008


Photos: Bread and Puppet Theater

Photographs from Bread and Puppet performances in Vermont
Photographs from Bread and Puppet performances in Vermont
By: GREG COOK  |  August 31, 2008


The Gadfly

Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann is a national treasure. Maybe that’s why George W. Bush wants to bury him.
Nestled in the verdant mountain valley of Glover, Vermont, way up in the northern part of the state, is a farm of rolling meadows, pine forests, and gray barns, all under vast skies.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 28, 2008

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