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Boston exposures

Photography by Nicholas Nixon and Joe Johnson
Photographer Nicholas Nixon of Brookline first burst onto the scene in the show "New Topographics."
By GREG COOK  |  April 21, 2009

Life on the D-list

Name that team
Last month Portland learned we'd be getting an expansion franchise in the NBA's D-League.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 25, 2009

Peabody rising

Bold leadership and an ambitious curatorial vision have vaulted the Peabody Essex Museum into a spot among the country’s best
Could the Peabody Essex Museum be the Boston area’s most exciting art museum right now?
By GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008

Majestic rot

Compelling new work by Neal T. Walsh and William Schaff
Providence artist Neal Walsh’s great new abstract paintings bring to mind peeling paint, rust, and cracking plaster in old mills or houses, maybe the wall in the hall of an apartment building.
By GREG COOK  |  April 15, 2008


Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
There’s got to be more to the future than the spectacle of gaudier and gaudier soulless cyberbodies.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 12, 2008

Quo vadis?

Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
“Next Generation” is the kind of ballet-program title that might have you asking yourself what happened to “This Generation."
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 10, 2008

Gods and monsters — and David Hasselhoff

Art: 2007 in review
The Museum of Fine Arts did big things with Napoleon and Edward Hopper, pictures of prostitutes graced the walls of Boston’s two biggest art museums, and all hell broke loose when the Mooninites invaded.
By GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2007

Holiday books

Coffee-table madness
Okay, we admit, we went a bit crazy this year.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 03, 2007

Silent Theater: The Art of Edward Hopper by Walter Wells

Phaidon | 264 pages | $69.95
Phaidon | 264 pages | $69.95
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 03, 2007

Senior years

Look to your left; look to your right; one of you will break a hip this semester
These are the BU Evergreeners — chatty and well-dressed, brandishing ballpoints and Starbucks.
By EVA WOLCHOVER  |  August 15, 2007

Digital or timeless?

‘Opening Night at Tanglewood,’ the Dutch and the Danes at Jacob’s Pillow, ‘The Unknown Monet’ at the Clark
Garrison Keillor went into one of his trademark reveries and began to tell us about Tanglewood’s “designer” fireworks.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 18, 2007

Seal of approval

The ICA plays it safe with Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia is a safe, easy choice for the new ICA’s first big artist retrospective.
By GREG COOK  |  June 06, 2007

Hopper speaks

Plus the original Rin Tin Tin
I recall meeting an artist who hung with Edward Hopper during the summers he spent on the Lower Cape.
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 29, 2007

Meat takes heat

Letters to the Boston editor, May 18, 2007
Regarding your recent editorial, “Global Warming," I want to add another reason for hope.

Local color

The 2007 DeCordova Annual Exhibition
It’s an art-world misconception that, to champion local art, you have to grade on a curve.
By GREG COOK  |  May 08, 2007

Visions of isolation

Edward Hopper's master works at the MFA
In Edward Hopper’s world, everyone is lost in an unending rut of office overtime, rattling El trains, cheap fluorescent diners, and bad dates.
By GREG COOK  |  May 02, 2007

Radical dude

Cameron Jamie at MIT, Edward Hopper at the MFA, and the 2007 Annual at the DeCordova
Cameron Jamie grew up in the ’burbs.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 24, 2007

Going deep

One-person shows dominate, Cyberarts proliferate, and a few artists collaborate
A gaggle of big solo shows share the art waves with that powerful influx of computer-reliant art known as the Boston Cyberarts Festival this season.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 13, 2007

The late show

Boston, from   2 am to 6 am
Boston lives after 2 am. It’s just a different city, more of a landscape than a community. Audio Slideshow: Allston, 2 to 6 am Audio Slideshow: Cambridge, 2 to 6 am Audio Slideshow: Downtown Boston, 2 to 6 am

Origin of species

Jennifer Bartlett’s breakthrough masterpiece and photographers of the future  
When in 1976 Jennifer Bartlett premiered her epic painting Rhapsody, John Russell, the chief art critic of the New York Times, proclaimed it “the most ambitious single work of art that has come my way since I started to live in New York." “Jennifer Bartlett: Early Plate Work” at Addison Gallery of American Art ”50 Photographers of Tomorrow” at Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
By GREG COOK  |  October 18, 2006

The dog ate my relationship

Bramhall Square
I got the dog. Or, I should say, we got the dog since this is a joint venture into insanity that includes Cowboy.
By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  August 02, 2006

War in art heaven

Sterling and Stephen duke it out at the Clark Institute
Belying its placid title, “The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings” is the record of a collecting war whose energy all but obliterates the show’s eye-popping art. Slideshow: Paintings from The Clark Brothers Collection
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 28, 2006

Hit the road

Hera Gallery examines “Car Culture”  
A theme-and-variation art show can be a creativity catalyst for its artists as well as a straightforward way to hook viewers’ interest.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 20, 2006

Fear and loving in Lumberton

Lynch's Blue Velvet
This review originally appeared in the September 23, 1986 edition of the Boston Phoenix . Naked Lynch: Lending an ear to the director of Blue Velvet. By Owen Glieberman Blue movie: David Lynch’s Velvet revolution . By Peter Keough
By OWEN GLIEBERMAN  |  June 14, 2006

Exhibition expedition

A road trip to sample great art is worth the gas money
Here are 10 exhibits across New England that will keep you happily inside all summer. Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
By GREG COOK  |  June 14, 2006

Blinded by the light

Painting Summer in New England at PEM, Pia Lindman at MIT, Julie Mehretu at Harvard
The pleasures of scenic seacoasts, lakes at dusk, farms in full fruit, and clam shacks by day or night have attracted artists to New England since at least the mid 19th century.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 14, 2006

To the lighthouse

American watercolors, toothpicks and roadtrips, and ‘Mixing Speak’ at the New Art Center
Word has it that famed, Boston-born artist Winslow Homer learned to paint from his mother, a skilled amateur watercolorist of flowers who recognized her son’s talent for drawing from the time he could hold a pencil.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 05, 2006

The needle and the damage done

Katherine Porter’s ‘Embroideries,’ film night at MIT, and the New Media Wall at Tufts  
Katherine Porter is known primarily as an abstract painter. But she's always made her work distinctly her own, imbuing it with symbolism and a visionary consciousness
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 22, 2006

Get Smart

The Huntington’s The Hopper Collection  
Edward Hopper meets Edward Albee in The Hopper Collection , a flawed but intriguing new play by Mat Smart.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 14, 2006

Time and space

Artists taking on all there is
Humor and craftsmanship are both evident on the art horizon.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 07, 2006

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