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Jerry Uelsmann hallucinates for you

Darkroom magic
Jerry Uelsmann's photos are like hallucinations.
By: GREG COOK  |  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.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 28, 2012


Portraiture dominates Boston gallery exhibits this spring

Photo shops
"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."
By: GREG COOK  |  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).
By: GREG COOK  |  February 22, 2012


The ICA's ''Figuring Color''

Body talk
"Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented," Willem de Kooning argued in the 1950s.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 23, 2012


The ‘2012 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition’

Bright spots
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."
By: GREG COOK  |  February 15, 2012

Sun Tunnels Holt

Nancy Holt locates the cosmos

View finder
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.
By: GREG COOK  |  February 14, 2012


‘Valentined’ showcases geek love at Craftland

These missives don't have the swooning, steamy, bodice-ripping passion of romance novel covers.
By: GREG COOK  |  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".
By: GREG COOK  |  January 31, 2012


The deCordova Biennial roots for the home team

Regional pride
"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.  
By: GREG COOK  |  January 31, 2012


Myoda and Pender in ‘Illuminations’ at Chazan Gallery

Tricks of the light
Paul Myoda's kinetic sculptures are beautiful and unsettling.
By: GREG COOK  |  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).
By: GREG COOK  |  January 17, 2012

new Gardner wing Piano

Renzo Piano's new wing pays tribute to the Gardner Museum's magic

Intimate grandeur
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.
By: GREG COOK  |  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.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 10, 2012


Brian Zink, Marisa Martino, and Robin Mandel

By design
Zink's new show, "Assembled" at Howard Yezerski Gallery (460 Harrison Ave, Boston, through February 7), features handsome, hard-edged abstractions assembled from mod, jitterbugging patterns of flat Plexiglass tiles.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 10, 2012


Shows worth seeing in the new year

Eyes wide open
From centuries-old Taoist visions to the ways technology can channel emotions, local exhibits this winter prompt comparisons between then and now.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2011

Art Preview: 2012

A new Gardner, plus landscapes, performance art, and RAD

Greater Boston's art-museum building boom continues with the debut of an expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in January.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011

Exhibits worth buzzing about

Vivid visions
After a couple of shaky years, 2011 saw the local gallery scene blossom again.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 20, 2011


Boston arts institutions flexed their muscles in 2011

Boom town!
The following rundown of the best art exhibits of 2011 shows how greater Boston is now consistently offering some of the richest institutional art exhibition programs in the country.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2011


Museum of Natural History’s new ‘Curiouser’ collection

Into the wild
A fact underlying the exhibit "Curiouser," in the lobby of the Providence Museum of Natural History (Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, through September 2012), is that less than two percent of the institution's collection of 250,000 preserved birds, insects, mammals, rocks, fossils, and Native American baskets is on view at any time.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 13, 2011


‘NetWorks 2011’ is good — but it could be better

Incomplete picture
In 2008, local art collector Joseph Chazan partnered with the Newport Art Museum and AS220 to present the first "NetWorks" project.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 07, 2011

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