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Alex Katz’s MFA retrospective is no abstraction

When Alex Katz launched his career as a realist painter in the 1950s, it was a daring move.
Keeping it real
By GREG COOK  |  May 04, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: ''Alex Katz Prints'' at the MFA

"Alex Katz Prints" is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts through  July 29, 2012.
April 28, 2012 - July 29, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 27, 2012
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Portraiture dominates Boston gallery exhibits this spring

"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."
Photo shops
By GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2012
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Aucocisco shows early works from Bernard Langlais and Jean Cohen

A long time ago in a galaxy . . . well, it was just New York and it may seem like ancient history, but it was real life and what happened is part of who we are. We do like our stories about those days, and they quickly accrete the patina, and lack of de
Very fine years indeed
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 20, 2012
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A peek at Portland art shows in 2012

Degas and the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART headline the news for early next year. We're so used to Degas and his point of view it's easy to overlook what a difficult and radical artist he really was.
Radicals and friends
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 30, 2011
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Review: Modern painter's style showcased at Farnsworth

Alex Katz is one of America's best-known modern artists. His work is so emblematic of art of our time that a graphic showing one of his paintings adorns the subscription card that drops out of my freshly-delivered art magazine every month.
Big, big Katz
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 03, 2010


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Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010
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Little surprise

At the tag end of a dispiriting day of gallery visiting I happened into the Bowdoin College Museum to see their collection of Warhol Polaroids matched with a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting. That's a sure recipe for ongoing gloom, but it was on my way, so
American painters cross the pond
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 05, 2010
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Cut it out

"Collage: Piecing it Together" at the Portland Museum of Art is a somewhat rambling look at a process that came into use in the beginning of the 20th century as a cubist process bringing images, colors, and shapes together that were previously used els
Collage-making is about the details
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 08, 2010
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Wizards and masterpieces

At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation
Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009
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Giving good gimmick

To sustain a literary magazine over decades it pays to have a gimmick.
Granta at 30
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  June 12, 2009


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The power of 'Cool'

"New York Cool" is required viewing for anyone who has an interest in contemporary American art. Comprised of nearly 80 works, the show, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through July 19.
A contemporary-art show at Bowdoin is a must-see
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  April 24, 2009
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Looking directly

OK, summer’s here and it’s time to please the visitors.
Seeing what summer has to offer
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 18, 2008
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The hollow man

The Swiss artist John Armleder fancies himself a slippery shape shifter.
John M. Armleder at Brandeis, plus Fernand Léger at Harvard
By GREG COOK  |  May 25, 2007
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Kitchen-sink ‘Summer’

You wouldn’t think a painting exhibit of ships and still lifes, landscapes and portraits, primitives and abstractions representing 82 artists and spanning 148 years would hold together in any discernible way.
A sprawling show at the Peabody Essex
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  June 14, 2006
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Blinded by the light

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.
Painting Summer in New England at PEM, Pia Lindman at MIT, Julie Mehretu at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 14, 2006


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Time and space

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