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Signs of War: The Afghanistan War 10th Anniversary Highway Banner Project

I'd climbed onto the guardrails of the Dorchester Avenue overpass in Boston to tie a recycled bed sheet to the chain-link fencing. The sheet bore the inscription, 1ST LT. TIMOTHY STEELE, 25, DIED AUG. 23, 2011, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, and it puffed with wind
Questions on the Overpass
By GREG COOK  |  October 14, 2011
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High concept

The stars of the “Artadia Boston” exhibit at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery are Raúl González’s manic-Injun drawings.
‘Artadia Boston’ at the BCA, plus terracotta at the Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2010
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Cube root

"I've been told it's the largest single piece of glass in the world," Helen Molesworth, the Institute of Contemporary Art's new chief curator, said at a press preview last week.
Roni Horn at the ICA, Andrea Fraser at Harvard
By GREG COOK  |  February 26, 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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Review: Andrew Witkin, Doug Weathersby

Over the summer, José Luis Blondet, curator at the Boston Center for the Arts, invited Boston artist Andrew Witkin to do an unspecified project in a hidden corridor at the BCA's Mills Gallery.
Wonk appeal
By GREG COOK  |  January 20, 2009
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Year in Art: Beyond the gloom

The Boston art scene felt muted for much of 2008, with 10 galleries closing and the death of two local icons: Harriet Casdin-Silver and Jules Aarons.
Continuing cheer in dark times
By GREG COOK  |  December 22, 2008


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Game show

On November 12, the Institute of Contemporary Art opened its biennial Foster Prize exhibit of “Boston-area artists of exceptional promise.”
Who will win the ICA's Foster Prize?
By GREG COOK  |  November 18, 2008
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Flash without fire

The aim of the DeCordova Museum’s Annual Exhibition is to round up “some of the most interesting and visually eloquent” New England artists.
Is New England better than the DeCordova’s Annual Exhibition?
By GREG COOK  |  May 13, 2008
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Time after time

The DeCordova Annual has been going strong since 1989, indefatigably showcasing work by New England artists chosen each year for the quality of their individual work.
The De C ordova Annual, New Orleans after Katrina, ‘Superartificial,’ 19th-Century Leisure Travel, and El Chango Verde
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 30, 2008
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Thinking small

The collective of artists spread out through the museum and helped the ICA’s staff — scrubbing the lobby, counting visitors, standing guard, cleaning the café.
A local collective subverts with the tiny
By GREG COOK  |  April 07, 2008
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The Gloucester roster

Artists have long flocked to the North Shore, drawn, no doubt, by the mesmerizing, shifty light and powerful convergence of sea, sand, and stone.
‘Enlightened View’ at Montserrat, ‘Renaming Names’ in Cambridge, and Gerald Parker’s Brockton at the Old South Meeting House  
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 30, 2006