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Shots seen 'round the world

"Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation," the Worcester Art Museum's riveting survey of iconic news photos from the election of John F. Kennedy to the resignation of Richard Nixon, is one of the most depressing shows I've ever seen.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 07, 2012


Stone-cold killers: Worcester Art Museum hosts the largest floor mosiac

The vault
In that rollicking era of Indiana Jones archeology in the 1930s, the Worcester Art Museum partnered with Princeton, Harvard, and the Louvre to dig up the ancient Roman trading city of Antioch in what is now Turkey.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 07, 2012


Battle lines: ''The Invention of Glory'' at the Peabody Essex Museum

Afonso V's conquests were an opening salvo in Europe's age of exploration and exploitation, "one of the first outward movements of the Portuguese empire that 50 years later is all the way to China," says curator Karina Corrigan of the Peabody Essex Museum, where the four recently conserved tapestries arrive in the exhibit "The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries."
By: GREG COOK  |  October 31, 2012


Dor Guez's family matters

Some find Dor Guez's subjects controversial, apparently unable accept the fact that folks on the losing side of wars get screwed.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 31, 2012


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


Game on

Studio visit
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


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


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


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


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


Ladies' Man

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


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



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


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


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


Girl's life

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


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


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


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


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


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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