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A Richard Goulis retrospective at RIC’s Bannister Gallery

Sometimes I think if Richard Goulis had lived in New York or Los Angeles he'd be in the art history books, instead of being a guy from Providence whom we cherish for making our town a bit more crazy and dangerous and wondrous.
Escape artist
By GREG COOK  |  March 22, 2013

‘Story/Line: Narrative Form in Six Graphic Novelists’ at RIC

"You could do a comic about it," a friend tells Gabrielle Bell in one of her comics.
Serious comics
By GREG COOK  |  February 22, 2013

These 10 exhibits will open your eyes

In March, the RISD Museum dusts off its two millennia-old mummy of a priest named Nesmin as part of "Made for Eternity" (March 15 to November 17), a small showcase of the institution's Egyptian treasures.
Strange and wondrous
By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2012

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

‘Distillation’ at RIC; Salvatore Mancini at Candita Clayton

At first, the approaches of abstract painters Lisa Russell and Mary Bucci McCoy can appear opposite.
The purity of paint
By GREG COOK  |  April 20, 2012

Shows worth seeing in the new year

From centuries-old Taoist visions to the ways technology can channel emotions, local exhibits this winter prompt comparisons between then and now.
Eyes wide open
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011


A British invasion and the local hall of fame

The art season follows the school year.
Autumn offerings
By GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2011

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

Corinna Schnitt's video Once Upon a Time opens on a comfortable living room.
Surreal storybooks
By GREG COOK  |  April 22, 2011

Review: Wlodzimierz Ksiazek's abstract expressions at RIC

Wlodzimierz Ksiazek's exhibit of chunky, muscular abstract paintings at Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery (600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, through March 30) is a dose of the old-time religion.
Energetic textures and surfaces
By GREG COOK  |  March 18, 2011

Museums and Galleries preview: Looking ahead

In November, incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner and fellow Republicans called for the Smithsonian to shutter its National Portrait Gallery show surveying gay identity in a century of art.
Marianetti, Sharlin, Schnitt, and "Feminism Now"
By GREG COOK  |  December 31, 2010

10 exhibits that are worth another look

Here's our rundown of the best art of '10.
Excellent expressions
By GREG COOK  |  December 24, 2010


Uneasy artifacts at the Chazan Gallery

It seems life should feel easy with all our faster foods and whiter teeth and smarter bombs, but despite — or perhaps because of — all our modern conveniences, we feel as awkward and hapless as ever. That is one unspoken theme that viewers might draw f
'Something is amiss'
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2010

Review: Umberto Crenca's introspective retrospective at AS220

If you've been around the Providence art scene very long, you've surely heard the story. In the early 1980s, Umberto Crenca exhibited at the Antonio Dattorro Studio Gallery and the Providence Journal panned his art as shallow and simplistic.
Trying to make sense of it all
By GREG COOK  |  November 19, 2010

Fall Art Preview: Old meets new this season

Art in Rhode Island this fall is a parade of founding mothers and fathers. AS220 co-founder Umberto Crenca fills his institution with his latest "ugly" work.
O pioneers
By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2010

In 'The Tradition'

In 1978, Rhode Island College presented “Four from Providence.” The exhibit was a call to revitalize the reputations of four Providence artists of color who had often been overlooked since their peaks in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Bannister’s ‘Five From Providence’ honors its namesake
By GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2010

Open to interpretation

For decades, abstraction dominated avant-garde discourse, as painters worked to break art down to its basic elements, stripping away more and more of what seemed necessary to a painting, and then stripping away even more.
‘Abstraction in Providence’ at RIC’s Bannister Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 02, 2010

"Abstraction in Providence" at RIC

"Abstraction in Providence" at RIC

From Ruth Dealy's self-portraits to Donna Bruton's saturated landscapes, there are many subtleties to attract you to the "Abstraction in Providence" show at Rhode Island...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010

Dynamic duo

Faculty exhibitions tend to be hodgepodges, no matter how prestigious the school. But "Sabbatical Exhibition" is a delightful exception.
Doug Bosch and Stephen Fisher in RIC’s ‘Sabbatical Exhibition’
By GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2010

Photos: “Andy Warhol: A Recent Acquisition Exhibition” at Bannister

At Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery, through January 8
Warhol's tossed-off, diaristic, fabulous Polaroids
By ANDY WARHOL  |  December 18, 2009

Two sides of life

"I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist," the Pop artist Andy Warhol wrote in 1975. "Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art."
Photographs by Andy Warhol and Stewart Martin
By GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2009

Airing it out

New York painter Eve Aschheim has said that she uses geometry in her abstractions "to 'think about' the intersection of nature and cityscape. My works might suggest the chaotic geometry of the city, the expectant stillness of air, the tenuous balance o
Works by Aschheim, Buck, Gottlieb, and Prine
By GREG COOK  |  November 27, 2009


Searching for a vision

Haley O'Connor, the co-founder of Stairwell Gallery, includes a few of her own photos in the gallery's new show, "Yesterday Today and Tomorrow."
New photographs at Stairwell and RIC’s Bannister Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2009

Allegorical expressions

Horses break loose from carnival carousels and run free, a horse-headed naked woman cuddles a rabbit as blue birds circle, and an escaped carousel horse visits the grave of a flower in Providence artist Lydia Stein's exhibit "Love Songs, Hobos & Ot
Lydia Stein's “Love Songs, Hobos & Other Spirits”
By GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2009
mixing list

Mixing it up

It seems like a simple exercise you might give students: Get a bunch of plastic bottles, lots of thread, and make some art from it. It's the kind of assignment teachers give to get students thinking about sculptural form and structure. And usually the
"Two Sculptors and a Painter" at RIC's Bannister Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  June 26, 2009

Beauty for beauty's sake

For several years, Cristin Searles of Providence has been stitching together soft sculptures that catchily evoke natural forms.
Feminist art
By GREG COOK  |  January 28, 2009

Past and present

One of the landmark tales of Rhode Island art is the story of how Edward Bannister won the oil painting prize at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.
'Our Founders' at the Pac, and 'New Mastery' at RIC
By GREG COOK  |  January 01, 1900