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Fabulous faker

It was a sublime scene, even though the seven-foot-tall painting was cracked, threadbare in places, patched in others, and dulled by a gray-brown murk.
Zhang Daqian’s imaginary landscapes, plus “A Tradition Redefined”
By GREG COOK  |  December 31, 2007
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Gods and monsters — and David Hasselhoff

The Museum of Fine Arts did big things with Napoleon and Edward Hopper, pictures of prostitutes graced the walls of Boston’s two biggest art museums, and all hell broke loose when the Mooninites invaded.
Art: 2007 in review
By GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2007
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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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Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

Those utterly disturbing flying monkeys, the little ruby-slippered feet sticking out from under the farmhouse, the freaky talking apple trees . . .
‘Ozspirations’ at NESAD, Icons + Altars in Newton, Glenn Ligon at Harvard, Donald Kuspit at Simmons
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 06, 2007
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The Candy Man

Glittering piles of cheap candies are probably Cuban-born artist Félix González-Torres’s most iconic works.
Félix González-Torres at The Carpenter Center, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting at the Sackler, and Chuck Close and Robert Storr at BU
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 23, 2007
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Not a girl who misses much

Sound is all around: pop music acts as a hair trigger for memory.
Sound and video at MIT, “Eyewitness” at Axiom, Carolee Schneemann at Pierre Menard, and Kaspar König at the Sackler
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 01, 2007


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Every picture tells a story

“Dear Diary: I know I should be asleep already, but I just can’t sleep if I don’t write this all down. I’ll burst!”
Children’s-book illustrators at the New Art Center, Alexander Ross at WAM, and Hélio Oiticica at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 06, 2007
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My Baby Shot Me Down

“Abstract painting” is a broad historical category that takes in everything from the utopian spiritual and formal purity of the early decades of the 20th century to the macho of the purely visual as championed by Clement Greenberg later in that century.
'Big Bang!' at the DeCordova, 'Classified Documents' at Harvard, 'Trans am' at the New Art Center
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 09, 2007
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Long time passing

Early video art set itself apart from movie-theater cinema by its grainy insistence on real time and real actions, as opposed to the dramatic conventions and fictions of big-screen blockbusters.
Annual Wasserman Forum at MIT, Deb Todd Wheeler at Green Street, David Rees at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 08, 2006
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It’s always a treat to spend time in the several clustered museums at Harvard, where scholarly mini exhibitions co-exist with larger surveys and familiar favorites from the permanent collection complement surprises in the galleries.
‘The New Chinese Landscape’ at Harvard, Raked Sand at ArtSTRAND, Future Shock at Green Street
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 08, 2006
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Break on through (to the other side)

Rachel Perry Welty sees art where many of us see annoying little things to be thrown away or deleted: the funny-shaped plastic tabs cleverly invented to close the bag around a loaf of bread; the identifying stickers found on most fruit; answering-machin
Traveling Scholars and rock posters at the MFA, student annual at the SMFA, and Islamic drawings at the Sackler
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 10, 2006