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Big Fat Whale
William Randolph Hearst
Pulp art at the Brooks School
A tank with a giant drill on the front erupts from under the street of a burning city.
Thrilling, fascinating, different!
| May 20, 2011
Does jazz have a melody problem?
It seems lately that every other jazz musician I talk to under 40 wants to talk about melody — how it’s the thing they all care about.
Phil Sargent and Daniel Bennett try a new approach
| June 04, 2010
Meet Evan Thomas
Narrative is the throughline in the professional life of Evan Thomas.
The parallel careers of Newsweek's premier wordsmith
| May 14, 2010
Spose, radio star
Who knew? The era of the radio hit isn't completely over. Maybe five times recently, someone's asked, "Dude, have you heard that Spose song?"
Apparently, smoking it all can be beneficial
| February 05, 2010
Boston is thoroughly dominating NBC's fall line-up.
| September 18, 2009
Meet your Massachusetts Governor's Council
In this perilous economy, Governor Deval Patrick is faced with extraordinary economic challenges.
| January 14, 2009
The great Boston art shakeout
By September, the Harrison Avenue gallery district seemed to have become a zombie, stiffly stumbling forward, as the citywide exhibit-space upheaval that began this past spring caught up with the neighborhood.
Ten local galleries closed this year. Where are we going?
BY GREG COOK
| November 12, 2008
Dianne's special deal
Undeterred by her Democratic primary loss to opponent Sonia Chang-Díaz, State Senator Dianne Wilkerson is forging ahead in a sticker campaign to win re-election of her Second Suffolk seat in the state legislature.
State Senator Dianne Wilkerson already has amassed a list of embarrassing political pratfalls. The Phoenix uncovers two more situations that should cause concern on the cusp of the election.
| October 22, 2008
In the fall of 1883, Isabella Stewart Gardner — more than a decade before she would develop her museum on Boston’s Fenway — traveled to China.
Luisa does Isabella in China, Gohlke does America
| July 01, 2008
Don’t leave me this way
Leaves lead a wild life, and each leaf’s physical structure reflects both its individual biography — revealing the pathways, for example, of insects that have eaten their way across a leaf’s surface.
Botanical Forms at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, Carroll Dunham and more at the Addison, and Renzo Piano at the Fogg
| May 06, 2008
Hearts of glass
In the photo it is night, and two women in cocktail dresses sit — perhaps chatting while jazz plays in the background — in a spare modern living room.
California cool at the Addison Gallery
| March 19, 2008
Turn on the bright lights
Art this fall grapples with issues like gender and journalism, personal space and human survival, and what to have for lunch.
Art, women, politics, and food
| September 12, 2007
Across the Universe
Intuition tells us that certain places are powerful, that certain spaces are sacred, and that we are sometimes in the presence of cosmic energy.
“Cosmic Energy” at Tufts, Aerial Photography at BU, Dawoud Bey at the Addison, and 2007 Photo Biennial at the Danforth
| August 28, 2007
School for scandal
Lending institutions have been buying the favor of sticky-fingered college administrators for some time now.
An Emerson College dean becomes the first Boston casualty of the national student-loan fiasco
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| June 27, 2007
Walk on the mild side
In 1970, William Wegman was making short videos — jumping around in his underwear with purses hanging all over him, that sort of thing.
William Wegman at the Addison Gallery
| April 09, 2007
If the guys in Piebald had it their way, they’d probably rather be discussing social and/or political issues than Accidental Gentlemen . Piebald, "Oh the Congestion" (mp3)
Piebald aren’t just from Boston anymore
| March 07, 2007
Who’s the Nancy?
The GOP’s many mistakes this election season included the massive one of attacking House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the soon-to-be Speaker of the House.
Dubya slouches to mere mincing minion among DC’s new political elite
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| November 15, 2006
Black and blond
She didn’t need an excuse to go out that night. Body dabble: Brian DePalma makes a mess of The Black Dahlia . By Peter Keough Dead flowers: James Ellroy on the movie and the obsession. By Peter Keough
The hideous sorority of Hollywood’s Black Dahlia and Boston’s Swedish nanny
| September 18, 2006
Home on the range
This is one of those revisionist Westerns. Her subjects reflect what her father, Pulitzer-winning journalist John McPhee, has called her “constant search for the dividing lines between altered and unaltered worlds.”
Laura McPhee’s deadpan take on nature
| June 07, 2006
Beyond dollars and square feet
When the Institute of Contemporary Art revealed specifics of the first 11 acquisitions for its permanent collection a month ago, I watched with particular interest.
How will museum expansion in Massachusetts affect the way we see — and talk about — art?
| April 05, 2006
Don’t Ask, Don’t Help
Brain injuries. Burns. Broken bones. Infections.
Medics who could be treating soldiers in Iraq are home instead — because they’re gay
| February 02, 2006
The right profile
Contemporary African-American artists have taken on issues of race and American identity in a wealth of ways, from Kara Walker’s provocative silhouette narratives to Fred Wilson’s discomforting black "collectibles" to William Pope
African-Americans in Andover, nudes in Winchester, sunglasses and cellphones in Essex
| January 17, 2006
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