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What should art be about? UMaine prof seeks answers in history

There are a few things to remember about Thomas Hart Benton, an iconic American artist who died in 1975 at the age of 85.
Benton's question
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 30, 2012

Review: ''American Gothic'' painter Grant Wood gets to leave the closet

Who was Grant Wood? Millions of Americans know him as the artist who painted American Gothic — and that's about it. But since his death, from pancreatic cancer, in 1942, he's become the poster boy for the right and the whipping boy of the left.
American gay
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 07, 2011

Review: It's no joke: Grant Wood is truly a great artist

Even if the name isn't instantly familiar, the painting will be. You've seen it on billboards, on magazine covers from Mad to Time , in Charles Addams cartoons, on Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live.
America's best-kept secret?
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 01, 2011

Art review: 'Trompe L'oeil: False Documents & Other Illusions'

In the art of deception lies the potential to destabilize perceptions of reality, if only momentarily.
Closer inspection
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 05, 2010

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

Is there a pianist in the house?

Moved and excited by pianist Leon Fleisher in Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Boston Symphony, I wanted to hear it again.
A last-minute Emperor at the BSO, Gatti and Ohlsson, BLO’s Elisir, and Brahms meets Weill with the Cantata Singers
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 18, 2008


KO Prime

KO stands for Ken Oringer, of Clio, Uni, Toro, and La Verdad.
Steak: well done
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 07, 2007