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These 10 exhibits will open your eyes

Strange and wondrous
In March, the RISD Museum dusts off its two millennia-old mummy of a priest named Nesmin as part of "Made for Eternity" (March 15 to November 17), a small showcase of the institution's Egyptian treasures.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 26, 2012

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Looking good: Upcoming art exhibits


Vaginas, posters, Ronald McDonald, grayed rainbows, and porcelain feature in our 10 most anticipated exhibitions of the winter.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 26, 2012

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Fantasy, reality, and the in-between

Lasting impressions
The fall brought bad news — R.K. Projects closed as founding duo Sam Keller and Tabitha Piseno decamped for new adventures in New York (though they've since announced plans to do additional projects here).
By: GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2012

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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Traditional contemporary: Ambreen Butt


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

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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

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'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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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