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Land ho!

Matthew Coolidge at the Carpenter Center, ‘Ana Maria Pacheco’ at the Danforth, and the December Sale at the SMFA
The Los Angeles site of the Center for Land Use Interpretation keeps a low physical profile.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 28, 2010


Buying in

Consumer Culture at Montserrat, Mini Golf at Mass Art, and ‘Seek Alternate Routes’ at 119 Gallery
In late September 2001, President George W. Bush urged Americans to go shopping in support of the slumping US economy, equating purchasing with patriotism in the aftermath of 9/11.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 20, 2007


Knocking on Heaven’s Door

‘Almost Paradise’ at LaMontagne Gallery, ‘Out of the Blue’ at Proof, and Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons at BU
It’s difficult to embrace the idea of Utopia these days.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 13, 2007


Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

‘Ozspirations’ at NESAD, Icons + Altars in Newton, Glenn Ligon at Harvard, Donald Kuspit at Simmons
Those utterly disturbing flying monkeys, the little ruby-slippered feet sticking out from under the farmhouse, the freaky talking apple trees . . .
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 06, 2007


Touch the sky

Cliff Evans at the Gardner, Jim Lambie at the Mfa, ‘Ad|Agency’ at the PRC, and more
The term “polyptych” usually refers to the multi-panel paintings designed as altarpieces for churches and cathedrals in Gothic and Renaissance Europe.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 30, 2007


The Candy Man

Félix González-Torres at The Carpenter Center, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting at the Sackler, and Chuck Close and Robert Storr at BU
Glittering piles of cheap candies are probably Cuban-born artist Félix González-Torres’s most iconic works.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 23, 2007


I will survive

John Osorio-Buck in Lawrence, street art in Central Square, and Corita Kent’s Rainbow Gas Tank
“There is no such thing in civilized society as self-support,” claims a handwritten, hand-held, Dylan-esque cardboard sign.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 16, 2007


The Empire strikes back

Napoleon at the MFA, Samuel MCIntire at PEM, and Local Food in Union Square
Napoleon himself was well aware of the force that iconic images can have on the public imagination.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 09, 2007


Not a girl who misses much

Sound and video at MIT, “Eyewitness” at Axiom, Carolee Schneemann at Pierre Menard, and Kaspar König at the Sackler
Sound is all around: pop music acts as a hair trigger for memory.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 01, 2007


New new things

“Design Life Now” at the ICA, Tom Sachs, Steve Miller, and “Women Artists of India” at Brandeis
Robolobster, an underwater crustacean with eight plastic legs and an industrial-strength plastic shell, is a groundbreaking example of the new science of biomimicry.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 18, 2007


Utopia station

Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Museum School, “Gods In Color” at Harvard, “Arts Of Japan” at the MFA, and the new Proof Gallery
The grimy surfaces of walls, sidewalks, and utility poles in neighborhoods of San Juan have replaced canvas as a medium for Puerto Rican artist Rafael Trelles.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 12, 2007


Turn on the bright lights

Art, women, politics, and food
Art this fall grapples with issues like gender and journalism, personal space and human survival, and what to have for lunch.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 12, 2007


Security blankets

Caruso and MClaurin in Lawrence, “Belief in Paint” at the New Art Center, Benefit Auction Exhibition at the PRC, and Visiting Faculty at Harvard
The show includes Gayle Caruso’s swaddled-doll series of drawings and paintings, inspired by terra cotta votive sculptures left at gravesites to invite heavenly protection.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 04, 2007


Across the Universe

“Cosmic Energy” at Tufts, Aerial Photography at BU, Dawoud Bey at the Addison, and 2007 Photo Biennial at the Danforth
Intuition tells us that certain places are powerful, that certain spaces are sacred, and that we are sometimes in the presence of cosmic energy.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 28, 2007


People get ready

‘Trainscape’ at the DeCordova, ‘Merging Influence’ at Montserrat, and more
Fourteen New England artists/artist teams hook up to produce a variety of interconnecting installations.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 22, 2007


Desperately seeking shoulder pads

Amy Arbus and ’80s style at the Schoolhouse, Hung-Chih Peng’s video at MIT, and ‘Drama and Desire’ at the MFA
In the glorious fall of 1980, young photographer Amy Arbus approached the Village Voice looking for freelance work.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 14, 2007


When worlds collide

The Collision Collective at AXIOM, Stencils at NESAD, and Alice Neel on film
We humans are quick to anthropomorphize the non-human.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 07, 2007


All sewn up

A quilted movie at the Revolving Museum, Ernesto Pujol at the ICA, and ‘Touch But Don’t Touch’ at Harvard
Patchwork quilts, crazy quilts, quilts that tell stories, quilts that point the way to freedom, and quilts that just keep us warm are all part of the rich history of this art form.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 24, 2007


Premier coup

Edwin Dickinson in Provincetown, ‘The Exposure Project’ in Brookline, and architectural drawings at Montserrat
American modernist painter Edwin Dickinson has never fit easily into art history’s categories.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 17, 2007



Dave McKenzie at the ICA, ‘Sculpture Walk’ at Forest Hills, ‘ArtBeast!’ in Somerville, and summer Fridays at the MFA
McKenzie’s humorous examination of self and society also led him to create a giant Bill Clinton mask.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 12, 2007


Maximum city

‘Gateway Bombay’ at the Peabody Essex, 20th-century German sculpture at Harvard
“There will soon be more people living in the city of Bombay than on the continent of Australia,” writes Suketu Mehta.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 03, 2007

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