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Majestic rot

Compelling new work by Neal T. Walsh and William Schaff
Providence artist Neal Walsh’s great new abstract paintings bring to mind peeling paint, rust, and cracking plaster in old mills or houses, maybe the wall in the hall of an apartment building.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 15, 2008


Distinctive design

Malcolm Grear at RIC; plus, Roger Mayer’s ‘Soundless’
In 1969, Malcolm Grear Designers was hired by New York’s Guggenheim Museum to develop a new graphic identity for the institution.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 08, 2008


Thinking small

A local collective subverts with the tiny
The collective of artists spread out through the museum and helped the ICA’s staff — scrubbing the lobby, counting visitors, standing guard, cleaning the café.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 07, 2008


Shuffle mode

Shake-ups on the gallery scene
The news of the Allston Skirt Gallery closing turned out to be the first sign of a major gallery shake-up involving a number of Boston’s most prestigious venues.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2008


Ugly beauty

The RISD Museum showcases ‘Stryrofoam’
There is something about foamed polystyrene — better known by its trademark name, Styrofoam — that seems to embody the space-age future.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 25, 2008


Boston gallery shake-up

Art on the move
Three of Boston's most important galleries are about to make major changes, and rumors exist that several others may soon move or close —signaling a major upheaval in the city's art scene.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 26, 2008


Bad-boy cool

‘Street Level’ at the ICA, plus Ranjani Shettar and David Claerbout
“People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access.”
By: GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2008


‘Beings’ there

New exhits at the Stairwell, Bannister, and URI galleries
In the front window of Stairwell Gallery sit Leif Goldberg’s life-sized coyote-man marionette and some of Erin Rosenthal’s Garbage Dancers .
By: GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2008


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

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