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Kristin Sollenberger at Craftland; and Flynn Grinnan

Arresting abstractions
"Assembled by hand, guided by eye, embracing error and accident, with hope for resolution" is the way Kristin Sollenberger of Wakefield describes the thinking behind "Precipitate," her smashing new show at Craftland (235 Westminster St, Providence, through November 10).
By: GREG COOK  |  October 31, 2012

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Game on

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Anthony Montuori's retro-style video games might be called the art of losing. In one, you're the legendary Sisyphus failing to lift a boulder to the top of an 8-bit mountain.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 24, 2012

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Monster mash


In Patt Kelley's twisted but surprisingly sweet comics, a hairy-faced lady from a traveling circus romances a tree-man, a monster spawned by dirty dishes devours the world, a vampire finds her soul mate in a guy with a permanent nosebleed.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 24, 2012

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Alison Pebworth’s thought-provoking ‘Possibilities’

America the ‘Beautiful’
San Francisco's Alison Pebworth had been doing the usual artist thing — spending months working alone in her studio making elaborately symbolic magic realist paintings and occasionally emerging for a gallery show.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 24, 2012

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R.K. Project’s sprawling ‘Micro-Eutopia’

Ambitious abstractions
If you're looking for where art is headed, "Micro-Eutopia," the 19-artist show at Sam Keller and Tabitha Piseno's R.K. Projects (204 Westminster Street, Providence, through November 10), is a good place to start.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 17, 2012

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Graveyard of modernism


Iraq's King Faisal II launched plans to modernize Baghdad in 1950 by commissioning a dream team of American and European architects.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 17, 2012



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Ladies' Man

Photography
Mario Testino is best known for photographing Princess Diana for Vanity Fair in 1997, just months before her death.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 17, 2012

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New works by Monica Shinn and Allison Paschke

Capturing a feeling
Providence artist Monica Shinn's paintings at Buonaccorsi + Agniel (1 Sims Ave, #102, Providence, through November 3) feel something like diaries.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2012

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''Elsewhere''


Every once in a while the city needs a show like "Elsewhere," the round-up of 17 local artists organized by Flux.Boston blogger Liz Devlin, to get a snapshot of the art being produced here.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 10, 2012

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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science


Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012

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Theresa Ganz at Brown; plus, Ed Osborn’s soundscapes

Another green world
Theresa Ganz, who teaches photography at Brown University, grew up in New York City.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2012



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Girl's life


It's hard being a girl.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2012

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World piece


The tall wood doors open to reveal the whole world — turned inside out (disconcertingly, at first), in glowing stained glass, 30 feet across — and you step onto the glass bridge spanning its center.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2012

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Jensen and Warchol’s ‘Precious Objects’

The fabric of life
Maren Jensen's subject is memory. How do we hold onto, how do we honor our memories?
By: GREG COOK  |  September 26, 2012

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Crazy lids


Except for winter knit hats and baseball caps, it can seem like hardly anybody wears hats any more.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 24, 2012

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Judith Klausner's cookie monsters

Studio visit
In a mini fridge off Judith Klausner's Somerville living room, the 26-year-old stores the best sculptures fashioned from Oreos in America.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 24, 2012



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Two sides of Daniel Heyman; plus, RIC’s faculty exhibit

War and peace
Beginning in 2005, Daniel Heyman traveled to Jordan and Turkey with American lawyers, collecting testimony from Iraqis of human rights abuses.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2012

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Bitner's bits

Photography
Since 2007, Rhona Bitner has traveled across the country photographing the hallowed halls of rock and roll — from drums and mics set up in the Electric Lady Studios that Jimi Hendrix built in New York to LA's Whisky A Go Go, where the Doors were once the house band.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 19, 2012

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Honky-tonk heroes

Photography
When Henry Horenstein began photographing Boston's seedy Hillbilly Ranch tavern, New Hampshire's Lone Star Ranch country-music park, and the legendary Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in the early 1970s, he came for the music.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 19, 2012

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Futures past

This will have been' at the ICA Boston, November 15–March 3
Since the 1980s, the art world has acted as if it wanted to forget that the Neo-Expressionist, greed-is-good, Christian, pastel-preppy conservatism of that decade ever happened.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2012

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Ten art exhibits to check out this fall


"I think there was a kind of '80s embarrassment," says Institute of Contemporary Art curator Helen Molesworth.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2012


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