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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


Bitner's bits

Since 2007, Rhona Bitner has traveled across the country photographing the hallowed halls of rock and roll — from drums and mics set up in the Electric Lady Studios that Jimi Hendrix built in New York to LA's Whisky A Go Go, where the Doors were once the house band.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 19, 2012


Honky-tonk heroes

When Henry Horenstein began photographing Boston's seedy Hillbilly Ranch tavern, New Hampshire's Lone Star Ranch country-music park, and the legendary Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in the early 1970s, he came for the music.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 19, 2012


Futures past

This will have been' at the ICA Boston, November 15–March 3
Since the 1980s, the art world has acted as if it wanted to forget that the Neo-Expressionist, greed-is-good, Christian, pastel-preppy conservatism of that decade ever happened.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2012


Ten art exhibits to check out this fall

"I think there was a kind of '80s embarrassment," says Institute of Contemporary Art curator Helen Molesworth.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2012


Jon Laustsen’s miniatures; and AS220’s ‘Print Lottery’

Jon Laustsen of Woonsocket makes miniature construction sites — tiny rebar, scaffolding, wood framing for concrete, and cinderblocks being assembled into buildings on dollhouse-sized or model railroad-sized plots of dirt.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2012

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