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''Not About Paint'' and ''Close Distance''

"Not About Paint" at Steven Zevitas Gallery (450 Harrison Ave, through August 20) is a bright, buoyant survey of New York abstraction today.
Close and far
By GREG COOK  |  August 19, 2011
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Photos: AMALGAM and Different Kind of Monster at BCA

Photos from opening night in the Mills Gallery at BCA
Two exhibitions featuring artists from the BCA Studio Building, on display till March 7, 2010
By MARCUS GUTTENPLAN  |  January 29, 2010
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Reboot

Portland artist Randy Regier's work is just beginning to be known, but he may be one of the best sculptors in the country.
The new DeCordova 'Annual,' plus the BCA's studio artists
By GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2010
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Discotechnique

Break out your hottest moves — a forthcoming exhibition in South Boston asserts that the path to abstraction could go through dancing.
Paul Heyer and Anna Schachte at Proof, Langdon Graves and Alex de Corte at LaMontagne
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  June 12, 2009
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Maritime after time

There's no question about the Peabody Essex Museum's unwavering love of all things nautical. How many other museums employ a curator of maritime art and history (in this case, Daniel Finamore)?
Dutch seascapes at the Peabody Essex
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  June 05, 2009
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Staycation

With some contemporary-art spaces holding off on summer programming, June's First Friday celebration at the Harrison Avenue galleries may be the strongest one until the fall season, when both the traffic and the collectors return.
A preview of June's first Friday
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 29, 2009


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Folk my brains out

Toby Kamp's 'The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes In Contemporary Art' at The Decordova Museum
Wild and weird
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 22, 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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Killing me softly

A sailor is mopping the deck of a large vessel when a fellow shipmate approaches. Suddenly, the shipmate climbs onto a wooden chair, reaches for the refrigerator, and swings the freezer door smack in the face of the hard-working deckhand, who collapses
'This Is Killing Me,' Guy Ben-Ner, and George Cochrane at Mass MoCA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 08, 2009
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Braziliant

As if puny, leaf-free trees and a general lack of flowers in late April weren't enough of a message to the post-winter season to hurry its shit up, art schools across Boston are poised to open their annual May fundraisers, all in the name of spring.
'Brazil on Screen 2009,' Mass Art shorts, and spring sales at Mass Art and the SMFA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 01, 2009
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Distance makes the heart grow fonder

Those Bostonians who've been experiencing Bill Arning withdrawals can stop fretting: the former MIT List Visual Arts Center curator, now director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, is coming home for his final opening.
Matthew Day Jackson, Bernadette Devlin, and Zhou Tao at MIT's List Visual Arts Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 24, 2009


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Keepin' it real . . . sort of

The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival (April 24–May 10) includes a handful of shows that focus on computer-simulated environments, both real and imaginary.
Virtual reality at the Boston Cyberarts Festival
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 17, 2009
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Pushing up daisies

If the phrase "April showers bring May flowers" has any cred, it might ring true with a new installation at Boston Sculptors Gallery.
Beth Galston & Lorey Bonante at Boston Sculptors Gallery, ‘Remembering Albert Alcalay’ at Harvard's Carpenter Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  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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Sarong, it's right

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem has another show of historically relevant new art up its sleeve, this time focusing on Asia's other giant: India.
"Revisions: Indian Artists Engaging Tradition" at the Peabody Essex, Meg Brown Payson at Walker Contemporary
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 24, 2009

Lost in translation

Spring can't come soon enough, since it'll be bringing with it some engaging museum shows in and around Boston.
Digital language and Mexican modernism mark the season
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 12, 2009


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Digital language at the PRC

How important would you say Ansel Adams is to the modern trends of digital art? If your first inclination is to answer, "Not at all," you're probably right.
"Syntax," at Boston University's Photographic Resource Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 11, 2009
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Smoke and mirrors (and elephants) at the ICA

Not into wheatpasting and framed posters? The ICA is about to serve up two shows by artists who promise not to pop up on street walls all over the city.
'Momentum 13: Eileen Quinlan' and 'Acting Out: Social Experiments in video' coming to the ICA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 03, 2009
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Slideshow: Heide Hatry at Pierre Menard Gallery

Pig skin portraits
Images from Heide Hatry's "Heads and Tales" at Pierre Menard Gallery.
By HEIDE HATRY  |  March 01, 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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Slideshow: Sigg Collection at the Peabody Essex Museum

The Sigg collection of contemporary Chinese artwork on display at the Peabody Essex Museum
Images from "Mahjong," now showing
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 24, 2009


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Art beef

Carlson/Strom at the DeCordova, Jonathan Torgovnik at Brandeis, Kenji Fujita at Samson Projects
Carlson/Strom at the DeCordova, Jonathan Torgovnik at Brandeis, Kenji Fujita at Samson Projects
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 20, 2009
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Shepard Fairey bombs Boston

The Massachusetts-bred street artist Shepard Fairey returned to his home-turf this month to "bomb" the Phoenix offices, conduct interviews, and unveil his latest work at the ICA.
Interviews, videos, slideshows, and more of America's favorite street artist
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 10, 2009
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Vandal-in-chief

Shepard Fairey and his show "Supply and Demand" arrive at the Institute of Contemporary Art like a guerrilla general emerging from the jungle after his forces have taken the capital.
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By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2009
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Bang bang

Misaki Kawai's new solo show marks the Boston debut of her two-dimensional works and the first opportunity for New England audiences to see her as a bona fide painter. Opening February 21 at LaMontagne Gallery, " Misaki Kawai : Kung Fu Forest."
Misaki Kawai at LaMontagne, "Collision14: POV" and "LE:60 1-Minute Film Festival" at Axiom
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 10, 2009
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Truly Siggnificant

Ten to 15 years ago, no one in the Western art world would have predicted that contemporary Asian art, specifically Chinese work, would not only dominate the market but also increase in value as rapidly as it has.
‘Mahjong: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection’ at the Peabody Essex Museum
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 04, 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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As you like it

English-born artist Melanie Smith has made Mexico City her home for the past 20 years.
Melanie Smith, Taylor Davis and Nicole Cherubini at MIT List Visual Arts Center, R.Crumb at Mass Art
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  January 21, 2009
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Inside the box

"Young people, and artists especially, respond to authenticity. And whether he's just very good at seeming authentic or whether he's really authentic, I think he has a lot of us convinced."
Shepard Fairey at the ICA and a preview of February's First Friday
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  January 13, 2009
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Dreaming of celluloid

Of the handful of contemporary Asian shows on view in and around Boston this winter, that of Dinh Q. Lê should prove unique — if only because the Vietnamese condition is so far removed from the rest of East Asia’s cultural boom.
Dinh Q. Lê and Christian Tomaszewski at Tufts
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  January 12, 2009