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Review: Leitzel and Billings at AS220; and ''Creative Collective''

Light and dark
In Marc Leitzel's sharply real scratchboard drawings in AS220's main gallery (115 Empire Street, Providence, through June 25), he depicts a tense moment between a couple in bed, a wind-blown woman wrapped in a cape, and a woman with tree branches and leaves bound up in her hair and opossums or rodents peeking out from the leaves.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 14, 2011


Angry art: ''Rhode Island Blows''

Design Dept.
A few months back, openly gay Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox backed away from a same-sex marriage bill, which he believed would not pass, and threw his support behind civil unions.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 15, 2011

summer art gallery and museum events around boston and new england

The must-see art of the summer

Season of surreality
Summer art in New England means driving up Route 1 in Maine with the car windows down, past the odd and amazing roadside metal giraffes and caterpillars, and discovering — as I did a few summers back — a nondescript house that turns out to be Fawcett's Antique Toy & Art Museum.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2011


What neighbors helping neighbors can show us about good government

We take care of our own
Montana Phipps was supposed to go out for a run with a friend after school, but the dark storm clouds squelched their plans. So on June 1, she was in her bedroom at the end of Stewart Avenue, with a view across her neighborhood of wide lawns, hedges, and leafy trees in Monson, a town of some 8500 people nestled in a valley about two hours' drive west of Boston.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 09, 2011


Review: Cody Thompson's ''Witch Doctor'' at Craftland

The human touch
The owl-falcon smiles with demonic, googly-eyes and a wide, maniacal, fanged grin.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 07, 2011

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DeCordova looks ahead with Andy Goldsworthy and Ursula von Rydingsvard

Digging in
Goldsworthy straddles land art and environmental art.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2011


Review: ''Conversations'' at West Side Arts; plus, Tayo Heuser

Darkness and light
William Schaff's art is full of bloody warmongers, flaming demons, terminally ill patients, ecstatic saints, and drunks vomiting up heaps of emaciated bodies.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 31, 2011


Review: ''The 2011 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition''

Hello, we must be going
Walking into the "2011 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition" at the Rhode Island Convention Center (1 Sabin Street, Providence, through June 4), you can't miss Laura Swanson's Homemade Bull .
By: GREG COOK  |  May 24, 2011


Review: JustSeeds' ''Resourced!'' focuses on ecology at AS220

The art of protest
The political printmaking group JustSeeds was begun by Josh MacPhee in Portland, Oregon, in 1998 as a way to distribute art and posters.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 17, 2011

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Pulp art at the Brooks School

Thrilling, fascinating, different!
A tank with a giant drill on the front erupts from under the street of a burning city.  
By: GREG COOK  |  May 23, 2011


RISD's 'Cocktail Culture' offers an intoxicating history of 20th-century fashion

The high life
Across the country, on January 16, 1920, citizens drank up at liquor "wakes" before the 18th Amendment, ratified a year before, went into effect at midnight, banning the manufacture, sale, and transportation of "intoxicating liquors."
By: GREG COOK  |  May 12, 2011


The death of Osama bin Laden proves that pragmatic progressivism works

Hope at last
You saw the meme buzzing around the Net on Monday: Barack Obama, in dark sunglasses, smirking: "SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET YOU A COPY OF MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE," it read, in I Can Has Cheezburger all-caps. "I WAS TOO BUSY KILLING OSAMA BIN LADEN."
By: GREG COOK  |  May 09, 2011


Review: ''New Mythologies'' at Candita Clayton Studio

Prickly pop art
Two years ago I wrote that someone needs to put together a big local survey of Xander Marro's art. As far as I can tell it still hasn't happened.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 03, 2011

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The Boston Cyberarts Fest needs a reboot

It's a quiet morning along the Rose Kennedy Greenway when I meet Mark Skwarek — a shaggy-haired New Yorker in a Spider-Man T-shirt and Puma sneakers — to check out his latest project, Occupation Forces.  
By: GREG COOK  |  May 09, 2011


Review: Alan Metnick at Gallery Z; and 'The Magic Child Repository'

An engaging energy
Providence artist Alan Metnick's black-and-white India ink drawings look as if they could have been made by obsessive children, with their buzzing patterns of buildings and trees and snaking tunnels.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 27, 2011

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Catherine Opie and 'The Record' at the ICA

Bearing witness and baring vinyl
Catherine Opie first became known in the early '90s for blunt lesbian self-portraits and posed photos of the queer community.  
By: GREG COOK  |  April 26, 2011


Review: Corinna Schnitt's ''Once Upon A Time'' at the RISD Museum

Surreal storybooks
Corinna Schnitt's video Once Upon a Time opens on a comfortable living room.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 19, 2011

glass art at MFA by Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly's glass wonderlands, plus Shellburne Thurber

No competition
Back in 1995, Seattle sculptor Dale Chihuly was in Finland creating glass chandeliers to be suspended over the canals of Venice in a major outdoor installation the following year.  
By: GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2011


Review: ''Tradition, Trauma, Transformation'' at Bell Gallery

Images of India
One of the medieval legends of India is the tale of the star-crossed lovers Sohni, the daughter of a potter, and Mahiwal, a traveling trader.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 13, 2011

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El Anatsui shows why he's one of the best

It was around 1999 when El Anatsui found a found a bag of milk-tin lids, and then a bag of bottle caps.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 12, 2011


Review: ''Four Thought'' at Candita Clayton Studio

Beautiful decay
During a heavy snowstorm in the early morning hours of January 12, a fire broke out in the second floor on the water side of the Edgewood Yacht Club on the Providence River in Cranston.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 05, 2011

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