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Hearts of glass

California cool at the Addison Gallery
In the photo it is night, and two women in cocktail dresses sit — perhaps chatting while jazz plays in the background — in a spare modern living room.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2008


Rueful reflections

Taking stock of the war in Iraq
March 19 marks the fifth anniversary of the start of our war in Iraq.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2008


Variety pack

Six artists at the Chazan and 5 Traverse galleries
Bohyun Yoon’s fascination with the human body has led him in the past to play around with clear plastic clothing and naked models covered with mirrors.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 05, 2008



Global warming inspires eco art at Montserrat and the BCA
When Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize last October, it was a triumph for anti-global-warming forces as well as a triumph for art.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 03, 2008


Seeking beauty

Then meets now at RISD’s “Evolution/Revolution”
“Have nothing in your houses,” Morris said, “that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
By: GREG COOK  |  February 27, 2008


Documentary evidence

‘War Stories’ and Maori tattoos, plus the SMFA’s ‘Traveling Scholars’
The theme of MassArt’s “War Stories” is what we talk about when we talk about war — the Iraq War in particular.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 27, 2008


Good fellows

The RISCA showcase; plus, Jon Laustsen
It stirs up feelings about real estate development, home, fortresses, and safety. 
By: GREG COOK  |  February 20, 2008


Sculpting with paper

Imi Hwangbo and Jae Ko at Bell Gallery
One of the preeminent issues of art — and, well, everything these days — is the how technology is changing our lives, making everywhere we go begin to feel like a synthetic, artificially-flavored SimCity.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2008


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


Foreign correspondence

Central European videos and more at URI
Guest curator Viera Levitt avoids the usual scenes of dreary apartment blocks and industrial sites of Europe’s former communist countries.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2008


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


Tale of the tape

New works at Traverse, Chazan, and Dead Cat galleries
A couple of the folks behind the crazy, brilliant “Apartment At the Mall” project are camped out at 5 Traverse Gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2008


Going to Hell

Bread and Puppet tours Bush's inferno
“Abandon all hope, you who enter here” are the words we find inscribed across the gate of Hell at the beginning of the third canto of Inferno.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2008


Let me see your grill

The origins of the vagina dentata
If there’s one thing the new horror flick Teeth teaches us, it’s that nothing sours a romantic soirée like a vagina dentata.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 25, 2008


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


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


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


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



Providence art: 2007 in review
Rhode Island confirmed why it’s the capital of New England art-making with two major developments in 2007.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2007


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


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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