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Review: Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

Picasso seems to have done so, though preferring Chaplin slapstick and cowboy silents to artsy fare, and biographers place him at several screenings of Lumière shorts.
Linking movies and Cubist painting
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 25, 2010
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Random stuff

If you were going to create a portrait of the Internet, what would it look like?
Versteeg’s ‘In advance of Another Thing,’ ‘Sitings 2010’ at RISD
By GREG COOK  |  April 30, 2010
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Pardon the interruption

Maybe it was when saxophonist Kelly Roberge, instrument in hand, leapt off the Cambridge YMCA Theatre stage in the middle of a performance by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra and fled the auditorium — as if in extreme gastro-intestinal distress.
Quartet of Happiness, Jerry Leake, and Jazz Week
By JON GARELICK  |  April 23, 2010
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Review: Neil Young Trunk Show

If a Neil Young neophyte can find himself rocking in a cinema seat to the spirited, soulful music performed in this second of a rumored triptych of Demme-directed, Young-starring concert documentaries, long-time fans are bound to break their armrests.
Traveling down no "No Hidden Path"
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 19, 2010
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Cubism and collage

Maqbool Fida Husain has long been known as one of the grand old men of Indian art.
M.F. Husain at Brown, Keith Waldrop at AS220 Project Space
By GREG COOK  |  February 26, 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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Alternative universe

In the 1930s and '40s, Boston painters developed a moody, mythic realism. They mixed social satire with depictions of street scenes, Biblical scenes, and mystical symbolic narratives, all of it darkened by the shadow of the Great Depression and World W
Boston Expressionism in context
By GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2009
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Arc printing

For more than 50 years David Driskell, in his art and his distinguished academic career, has been a creative force in the intersection of modernist art and the African diaspora.
David Driskell’s PMA retrospective
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  November 20, 2009
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Building up

In the current show at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at the Maine College of Art in Portland, we see two generations of 20th-century modernist painting.
Inspired modernists Cutler and Thon
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 21, 2009
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Growing Maine art

Long ago an art critic of my acquaintance remarked that New York was a border town to Europe, and until fairly recently that was true. Artistic ideas would be born in Europe, often France, and migrate slowly across the Atlantic and take root.
PMA exhibit examines the influence of colonies
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 07, 2009
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Bill Frisell | Disfarmer

Guitarist Frisell is one of jazz's great impressionists, and here he has the perfect subject for one of his audio mini-movies: the eccentric Arkansas portrait photographer Michael Disfarmer.
Nonesuch (2009)
By JON GARELICK  |  July 17, 2009


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Primitive soul

Anne Siems's paintings are time machines teleporting you back to the early days of our American republic. In her show at Walker Contemporary, the German-born, Seattle-based artist channels the endearing awkwardness of artists like John Brewster Jr., wh
Anne Siems and the folk revival
By GREG COOK  |  July 17, 2009
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More than words

What are we to make of Robert Indiana? His is generally considered part of the Pop art group of artists who came into prominence in the late '60s, along with Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Roy Lichtenstein, and though he is not perhaps as highly re
The Farnsworth's Robert Indiana retrospective
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  July 10, 2009
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Viva Modernism

Long before the threat of swine flu, Mexico was the scene of an outbreak of a very different kind: Modernism.
'Vida y Drama: Modern Mexican Prints' and 'Viva Mexico!: Edward Weston and his Contemporaries' at the MFA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 15, 2009
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Hoopleville Pop Art

Revolving sandwich
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By DAVID KISH  |  May 08, 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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Fabulous fakes

The e-mail from "Craig Cook" arrived on March 2. It directed me to a Facebook page pretending to be Greg Cook's, and a YouTube video. I was busy, so I watched only the beginning of the latter.
'Me' and the Miracle 5
By GREG COOK  |  April 10, 2009
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To have and to hold

Stephen Prina is many things: artist, musician, Harvard professor, socialite, bon vivant. His artwork extends across a number of media, with multifarious influences.
Stephen Prina at Barbara Krakow, 'Architecture of Fragments' at The New Art Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 01, 2009
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Restoring a master

When Marc Chagall died in 1985 at the age of 98 he was internationally famous, wealthy, and had lived to see a museum built for him by the French government.
A new biography seeks to redefine Marc Chagall's place in art history
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 25, 2009
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Solved?

In the wee hours of March 18, 1990, two men posing as police officers gained entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the two security guards, and stole 13 pieces of art.
Ulrich Boser takes on the Gardner heist
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 18, 2009
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Altered states

Talking drugs, Zen, and painting with art critic Ken Johnson
Talking drugs, Zen, and painting with art critic Ken Johnson
By IAN PAIGE  |  March 04, 2009


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Great walls

"Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection" at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum opens with a pair of interesting choices.
Epic visions of contemporary China in Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 25, 2009
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Old school

Back in 1928, a Providence Journal headline dubbed painter Hezekiah Anthony Dyer a "militant anti-Modernist." Modern art was just about showing off, he said.
Dyer's thing was watercolors and gouaches of romantic fairy tale country cottages, snowy mountain lakes, and ruins of old stone arches and doorways.
By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2009
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David Hilliard at Carroll and Sons

It's not every day that a guy like me gets to enjoy a photographic investigation of daddy-boy relationships. . . . well, outside of a naughty format.
Plus Japanese and European works at the MFA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  January 26, 2009
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Power rangers

Adam Ryder was fascinated, he said, by long-distance, high-tension power lines and their scruffy right-of-ways.
Photographers roam the electric grid
By GREG COOK  |  January 21, 2009
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Poetic sense

For the last end-of-the-year review I had to rely on the kindness and opinions of others, having just started reviewing again after a long hiatus.
Age of art
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 23, 2008


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Connected

In 2004, AS220's StinkTank put out a paper titled "Compost and the Arts."
"NetWorks 2008" at AS220, 5 Traverse, and the NAM
By GREG COOK  |  December 16, 2008
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Andy Warhol: Denied

Andy himself would love the to-do concerning his mountains of left-over work.
A wry, amusing bit of art-world sleuthing
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 25, 2008
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Days and Clouds

Not exactly the escape movie the doctor ordered from abroad for our own economic miseries.  
Well shot but predictably depressing
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 09, 2008
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New discoveries

The show presents works by artists that influenced the Impressionists and artists who were, in turn, influenced by this most powerful of artistic movements.  
What the Impressionists can still teach us
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 02, 2008