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Two shows highlight the RISD Museum's new direction

It's been a year-and-a-half since John Smith took over as director of the RISD Museum. But it's only now that his vision for the place is becoming reality.  
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 15, 2013
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Dreamy Décor: ''Dream House'' Closing Party

In the art world, "commercial" and "decorative" often seem like dirty words. Molly Rosner embraces them.

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  February 15, 2013
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Natasha Mayers’s wide-ranging vision

For outspoken artist and activist Natasha Mayers, art, politics, and life are seamlessly interconnected for mutual benefit.
Postcards from the conscience
By BRITTA KONAU  |  February 15, 2013
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Bee-havior: ''Festooning the Inflatable Beehive'' at BU's 808 Gallery

An art gallery may seem like an unconventional space for discussions on insect behavior, but Maria Molteni maintains beekeeping is as much an art as a science.

By LIZ PELLY  |  February 08, 2013
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Blending Lovecraft and modern art

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
Inspired darkness
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 08, 2013
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From the Phoenix, with love: Clip-and-share Valentines

Valentines for the craft-impaired: print, clip, and spread the love.

By MANY TALENTED ARTISTS  |  February 08, 2013


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Family Ties: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons's art

Family has long been one of the central subjects of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons's art.

By GREG COOK  |  February 01, 2013
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The eyes have it: The Capitoline Brutus at the MFA

Do not attempt a staring contest with this dude.

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  January 18, 2013
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Julianne Swartz: how deep?

A wildcard around art these days is the rise of Maker culture, the tribe of hip geeks devoted to DIY tinkering, engineering, electronics, and invention.

By GREG COOK  |  November 23, 2012
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David Curcio: needle point

The 40-year-old Watertown artist's delicate, endearing pictures are like scratched-out diaries of a heart laid bare.

By GREG COOK  |  November 23, 2012
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UNE’s impressive third all-female exhibit

Though the rhetoric of this election cycle might have cast doubts about other parts of the country, be thankful that in Maine, women are taken seriously.
Getting women right
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 16, 2012


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Battle lines: ''The Invention of Glory'' at the Peabody Essex Museum

Afonso V's conquests were an opening salvo in Europe's age of exploration and exploitation, "one of the first outward movements of the Portuguese empire that 50 years later is all the way to China," says curator Karina Corrigan of the Peabody Essex Muse

By GREG COOK  |  November 02, 2012
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The Gardner gets crafty

Art museums are designed to celebrate the end results of the creative process. But one of Boston's most highbrow institutions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has developed new programming to foster that process on-site.

By ARIEL SHEARER  |  November 02, 2012
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Dor Guez's family matters

Some find Dor Guez's subjects controversial, apparently unable accept the fact that folks on the losing side of wars get screwed.

By GREG COOK  |  November 02, 2012
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Game on

Anthony Montuori's retro-style video games might be called the art of losing. In one, you're the legendary Sisyphus failing to lift a boulder to the top of an 8-bit mountain.
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By GREG COOK  |  October 26, 2012
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Monster mash

In Patt Kelley's twisted but surprisingly sweet comics, a hairy-faced lady from a traveling circus romances a tree-man, a monster spawned by dirty dishes devours the world, a vampire finds her soul mate in a guy with a permanent nosebleed.

By GREG COOK  |  October 26, 2012


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Exploring a state between analog and digital

For many artists digital and analog image-capture and production seem to force a choice.
Hybrid translations
By BRITTA KONAU  |  October 26, 2012
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The Joy of Smut

The porn here is explicit, character-driven, and polymorphically perverse.

By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  October 19, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Photos from ''Elsa's Housebook: A Woman's Photojournal''

Photos from Elsa Dorfman's 1974 book, featuring portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Elsa herself.

By ELSA DORFMAN  |  October 19, 2012
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Interview: God save John Lydon

When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012
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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science

Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012


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On the Cheap: iYO Cafe

Without any children at my disposal, I decided the best way to evaluate iYO Cafe, a self-serve yogurt and waffle shop, would be to rally some girlfriends and smoke a fat joint before heading over.
DIY dessert in Davis Square
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 12, 2012
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Sorting through the CMCA’s Biennial

The 2012 Biennial exhibition at Center for Maine Contemporary Art collects seventeen artists: ten by submission, seven invited.

By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 12, 2012
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''Elsewhere''

Every once in a while the city needs a show like "Elsewhere," the round-up of 17 local artists organized by Flux.Boston blogger Liz Devlin, to get a snapshot of the art being produced here.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012
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Only connect: The Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Middle East, as usual, is a mess, but its cinema, both Israeli and Palestinian, offers hope.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
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Taking an observation on Winslow Homer’s oeuvre

"Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine," a show of more than 30 Homer works depicting Maine and the sea, commemorates the opening the newly-restored Homer studio on Prouts Neck.
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By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 05, 2012


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Headmaster goes feminine

Matthew Lawrence — blogger, event planner, and man about town — and Jason Tranchida — designer, artist, and man about town — met seven years ago at a bar where both worked as DJs.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 05, 2012
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Two sides of Daniel Heyman; plus, RIC’s faculty exhibit

Beginning in 2005, Daniel Heyman traveled to Jordan and Turkey with American lawyers, collecting testimony from Iraqis of human rights abuses.
War and peace
By GREG COOK  |  September 21, 2012
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Marie Antoinette rules at ART

Last year, dramatist David Adjmi raised a stir with a site-specific tea party called Elective Affinities , in which four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell held court in an Upper East Side townhouse, spinning a small audience into her web of entitlement.
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 14, 2012
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Jin Shan’s space station at Brown

Jin Shan's "My dad is Li Gang!" presents a common bike and a spectacular spacecraft that seem to float in Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery (64 College St, Providence, through November 4).
Space oddity
By GREG COOK  |  September 07, 2012