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The Seeker

Salvatore Mancini has photographed factories along the Blackstone River Valley to record a local history of the Industrial Revolution.
 Salvatore Mancini’s quest for elemental connections
By GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2010
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Slideshow: The MFA's Luis Melendez exhibit

Images of Luis Melendez's show at the MFA
"Master of the Spanish Still Life," now showing through May 9, 2010
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 12, 2010
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Modern times

Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
By GREG COOK  |  January 08, 2010
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Photos: The Secrets of Tomb 10A at MFA

Photos of an Ancient Egyptian exhibit on display at the Museum of Fine Arts
The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC on exhibit until May 16, 2010
By MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOSTON  |  October 23, 2009
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MFA neglects to award prize for neglected female artists

In 1993, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, friends of prominent Cambridge artist Maud Morgan donated funds to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to establish a prize in her name. (She died six years later.) The Maud Morgan Purchase Prize would celebrate u
Missing Maud Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009
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Michael Mazur, 1935 - 2009

"He was so alive ," a friend wrote to me a few days after Michael Mazur died, on August 18.
Painter, printmaker, teacher, art historian, curator, political/social/arts activist, Red Sox and Celtics fan
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 28, 2009


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The music man

Forty years after a half-million hippies descended on a sprawling dairy farm in upstate New York, Woodstock has become shorthand for an entire epoch.
George Wein, the father of American music festivals, reflects on bringing world-class folk and jazz (and more) to Newport
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 07, 2009
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Photos: 'Seeing Songs' at MFA

Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs at the MFA
An eclectic mix of work that draws on music as inspiration
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 17, 2009
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Festival atmosphere

Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009
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Slideshow: Two Mexican exhibits at MFA

"Viva Mexico!" with "Vida y Drama"
Images from "Viva Mexico! Edward Weston and His Contemporaries" and "Vida y Drama: Modern Mexican Prints"
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 05, 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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Let's talk about sex

It's not that Eve's religious but sisterly mother wouldn't understand, it's that Eve is apprehensive about her not  understanding.
Truth and Consequences in  Hide and Seek
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 08, 2009
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Boston exposures

Photographer Nicholas Nixon of Brookline first burst onto the scene in the show "New Topographics."
Photography by Nicholas Nixon and Joe Johnson
By GREG COOK  |  April 24, 2009
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Slideshow: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese at MFA

At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
"Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 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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Photos: Rachel Whiteread exhibit at the MFA


Photos from Rachel Whiteread's exhibit at the MFA
By RACHEL WHITEREAD  |  October 24, 2008


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RISD redefined

Rhode Island School of Design’s new Chace Center is the physical embodiment of the 131-year-old institution’s effort to rebrand itself as a more open place.
With the dramatic new Chace Center, the art school reaches outward
By GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2008
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Slideshow: Grizzly Bear at the MFA


August 14, 2008 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
By TIM BUGBEE  |  August 15, 2008
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Slideshow: Beth Orton at the MFA


Beth Orton at the Museum of Fine Arts, July 2, 2008
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  July 03, 2008
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Wheeling through history

Vintage bicycles, once an obscure subculture’s obsession, are gaining popularity as highly desired collectibles or cheaper, cooler rides.
Vintage bicycles aren't just for lonely bike mechanics any more
By ELIZABETH FLOCK  |  May 07, 2008
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Big in every way

Men in inky darkness. Men without women (save for the Blessed Virgin). Men in splendor, men in ecstasy, men without smiles. Men as saints but not as sinners.
‘El Greco to Velázquez’ at the MFA
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 15, 2008


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The case of Milan Kohout

Kohout, a serious man, was engaged in the serious business of political protest.
The right of a performance artist represents the rights of all Americans. Plus, an opportunity with Cuba.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 21, 2008
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Whitewash

“Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture in Classical Antiquity” presents striking evidence that the white marbles were once painted in bold Technicolor.
Can a striking exhibit at Harvard really make us see ancient Greek and Roman sculpture — and the roots of racism — as we never have before?
By GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007
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Going on sale: November 9, 2007

Most Serene Republic, Wu-Tang Clan, Spiritualized, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  November 06, 2007
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What’s in a name?

The discovery that we’ve had Lane’s name wrong since at least 1913 has prompted questions about what else scholars have gotten wrong about him.
Why it’s Fitz Henry, not Fitz Hugh, Lane — and why it matters
By GREG COOK  |  August 31, 2007
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Who’s with whom — and why?

Now that first-quarter campaign-finance reports have been filed, we can see which presidential candidates scooped up money from which Bay Staters.
Talking politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 18, 2007


Muscles as art: Hulk meets haute

This article originally appeared in the February 22, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The aesthetics of oily bodies
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 09, 2007
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Slow grow

The great-great-great grandson of Ralph Waldo Emerson rocks out. Grizzly Bear, "On a Neck, On a Spit" (mp3)
The steady triumph of Grizzly Bear
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 30, 2007
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The girls of summer

Americans, Henry James wrote in 1867, “can pick and choose and assimilate and in short (æsthetically, etc.) claim our property wherever we find it.”
Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell at the MFA and the Peabody Essex  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 10, 2006
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Moscoso and more

Victor Moscoso’s ’60s rock posters can get you all choked up about the shows. Slideshow: Posters from Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions: Victor Moscoso, Master of Psychedelic Posters & Comix
Hearing the ’60s through poster art
By GREG COOK  |  July 25, 2006