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Sandcastles and sunspots: The year in art

It was a year of bracing histories — '60s assassinations, '80s pandemics, and four decades of hubris in Iraq. But 2012's best art wasn't all bad news.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2012


The Newport Art Museum at 100

Creativity by the Sea
Women were at the center of the founding of the Newport Art Museum.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2012


Abstract-Expressionist New England

"American Vanguards" at the Addison Gallery tells how a tiny group of New York friends — Stuart Davis, John Graham, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning "and their circle" — inspired by Picasso and Surrealism, exploded the last ties between Modernist painting and realism as they helped invent American Action Painting between the mid 1920s and mid '40s.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2012


Family album: The Addison Gallery collects Innu snapshots

In 1969, Wendy Ewald traveled to northeastern Canada to invite Innu adolescents to photograph their community.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2012


Science fiction at the List

One of the unsettling things about America today is how more and more people seem to think that evolution, global warming and math are matters of faith rather than evidence.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2012


Traditional contemporary: Ambreen Butt

Ambreen Butt is best known for her "revisionist miniatures."
By: GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2012


Mary beth Meehan documents a city’s evolution

A changing community
In 2004, Providence photographer Mary Beth Meehan returned to her hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts, seeking to better understand the major racial and economic shifts it had seen over the past generation.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 28, 2012


'Fear No Art 4' at Fourth Wall

A highlight of "Fear No Art 4," the Fourth Wall Project's exhibit "promoting and exposing underground art" is organizer Marka27's own paintings.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2012


Hamra Abbas's war and peace pieces

Studio visit
Hamra Abbas resists pinning down what her art is about, but her primary subjects are love and war and the relationship between the West and her native Pakistan — in history, in the colonial era, and since September 11.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2012


Photos by Daby and Shechtman; plus, Bonetto and Morrill

Varied visions
William K. Daby, who has been photographing for some five decades, calls his new images at AS220's Main Gallery (115 Empire Street, Providence, through November 24) "photo paintings."
By: GREG COOK  |  November 19, 2012


David Curcio: needle point

The 40-year-old Watertown artist's delicate, endearing pictures are like scratched-out diaries of a heart laid bare.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 21, 2012


Julianne Swartz: how deep?

A wildcard around art these days is the rise of Maker culture, the tribe of hip geeks devoted to DIY tinkering, engineering, electronics, and invention.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 21, 2012


Philip Jameson captures the cosmos

Monumental imagery
Philip Jameson, an 82-year-old retired radiologist in Providence, is one of the great living practitioners of one of the great traditions of American art — Ansel Adams's monumental, romantic style of landscape photography.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 14, 2012


Review: ''Insider/Outsider''

"Something I learned from going out into public spaces is that sometimes public space isn't actually public," says Sandrine Schaefer.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 14, 2012


Sarah Hill’s Flesh Prison

A glam queer horror film, hallucinatory and visceral and jarring, a blast of emotions.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 14, 2012


Helen Molesworth's moment

The ICA curator prepares for a bold new show — and a new way of thinking about art history.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2012


RISD’s ‘America In View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now’

The Big Country
In 1975, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, opened a landmark exhibit, "New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape."
By: GREG COOK  |  November 12, 2012


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

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