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“Penguins, Zombies, and Nudes” at Craftland
Greenville painter Greg Stones writes that he sketches a basic landscape or figure study, "then I try to think of what would make the painting especially awesome. Penguins, zombies, and nudes are invariably the answer."
| April 03, 2012
The Peabody Essex explores Native America
The Cree artist plays his drag show for laughs, but underlying it are serious questions about white genocide of Native American societies, about the stereotyping of Natives, and about gays in America, as well as Native American society.
| April 02, 2012
‘#Occupy’ at Yellow Peril; Roger Shimomura at RIC
The art world and the Occupy movement have a somewhat awkward relationship.
| March 27, 2012
Maxey’s sprawling landscapes; Blackburn’s altered spaces
Exteriors and interiors
After years of visiting her second home in her husband's native United Kingdom, Providence artist Madolin Maxey says it finally occurred to her to paint the hedgerows, rolling hills, giant boulders, and ancient stone crosses in Devon in southwestern England, where their house overlooks the River Dart as it winds northwest from the English Channel.
| March 21, 2012
Buck Hastings’s ‘Vibes & Stuff’ at AS220; ‘Acquire/Inquire’ at RIC
Accidentally on purpose
The first painting in Providence artist Buck Hastings's series Vibes & Stuff at AS220's main gallery features quick, flat brushstrokes that give a curious paint-by-number feel to what appears to be an abstracted shrub.
| March 14, 2012
Radcliffe Bailey and ‘Six Artists from Cairo’
From a distance Radcliffe Bailey's 2009 installation Windward Coast looks like a rolling ocean of big, burned matches, or maybe straw.
| March 13, 2012
Spencer Finch’s ‘Painting Air’ at the RISD Museum
The question at the heart of Spencer Finch's art is: how to recreate fleeting impressions, like the green-blue-brown surface of the Hudson River or the sunlight filtering down from the Pantheon's dome in Rome.
| March 06, 2012
Jerry Uelsmann hallucinates for you
Jerry Uelsmann's photos are like hallucinations.
| February 29, 2012
‘Hunters and Gatherers’ at Cade Tompkins Projects
Eye of the beholder
The subject of the 10-artist survey "Hunters and Gatherers" at Cade Tompkins Projects (198 Hope Street, Providence, through March 31) is building art from recycled scraps.
| February 28, 2012
Portraiture dominates Boston gallery exhibits this spring
"I figured," Alex Katz said of his paintings of his wife Ada in 1969, "well, if I get Ada right, if you only get one person right— if you get a woman or a man right — it's universal."
| February 27, 2012
Agata Michalowska’s ‘dom’; ‘Surfacing’ at the Chazan Gallery
No place like home
"Dom: means home," Providence artist Agata Michalowska says in a sign introducing her installation "dom" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through February 25).
| February 22, 2012
The ICA's ''Figuring Color''
"Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented," Willem de Kooning argued in the 1950s.
| February 23, 2012
The ‘2012 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition’
Last weekend The New York Times proclaimed Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning , the debut video game of former Red Sox pitcher and outspoken Republican millionaire Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, "one of the finest action role-playing games yet made."
| February 15, 2012
Nancy Holt locates the cosmos
Holt is part explorer, part surveyor, part hippie/New Age dreamer. And this thorough survey of her art from 1966 to '80 shows her finding her way to becoming one of the pioneers of the "Land Art" or "Earthworks" movement.
| February 14, 2012
‘Valentined’ showcases geek love at Craftland
These missives don't have the swooning, steamy, bodice-ripping passion of romance novel covers.
| February 08, 2012
‘Taoist Gods’ and ‘Immortals’ at Brown and RISD
The language of aesthetics
As China marked the beginning of the Year of the Dragon with lion and dragon dances and fireworks last week, Brown University's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology was debuting "Taoist Gods from China: Ceremonial Paintings from the Mien".
| January 31, 2012
The deCordova Biennial roots for the home team
"Contemporary and Boston, Opposites No Longer," a New York Times headline announced in October. It was another alert that $1 billion invested in expanding and endowing local museums over the past decade is paying off in a newly vigorous Boston contemporary art scene.
| January 31, 2012
Myoda and Pender in ‘Illuminations’ at Chazan Gallery
Tricks of the light
Paul Myoda's kinetic sculptures are beautiful and unsettling.
| January 24, 2012
Ben Blanc’s intriguing ‘The Exchange’ at AS220
Selling an idea
Two hundred black wood sculptures, resembling abstracted chunks of coal from some old video game, are lined up on a shelf running around the room in Ben Blanc's installation "The Exchange" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through January 28).
| January 17, 2012
Renzo Piano's new wing pays tribute to the Gardner Museum's magic
The challenge from the start of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum expansion project was: how do you follow up a masterpiece? The 99-year-old Fenway institution is world-renowned for its old-master collection installed in dramatic period rooms inside a dream of a Renaissance Venetian palazzo.
| January 18, 2012
‘Chicken Little’ and ‘Manchester Tracks’ at the RISD Museum
Discomfort and joy
The star of New York painter Nancy Chunn's epic installation "Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear" at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through April 15) is the fabled fowl — you know, the one who mistakenly thought the sky was falling.
| January 10, 2012
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