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Isabella Stewart Gardner: Why it is time to explore her modernist dimension

Isabella Stewart Gardner: Why it is time to explore her modernist dimension


The serene new visitor's center and entrance pavilion at the Gardner Museum is a great credit to Renzo Piano, superb architecture that brilliantly sets off...
By Douglass Shand-Tucci  |  January 23, 2012
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Photos: Renzo Piano's new wing at the Gardner Museum

Intimate grandeur
Intimate grandeur
By JOSHI RADIN  |  January 20, 2012
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How a Rembrandt wound up on a pig farm

The next time you're bored on a Friday night and considering a caper at the RISD Museum, Anthony Amore wants you to consider this: you're more likely to make a few bucks begging the high school crowd on Thayer Street.
Stealing Beauty
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 12, 2011
Man confesses to 1990 heist of Vermeer painting from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Man confesses to 1990 heist of Vermeer painting from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


A few weeks ago we published an update on the story of Myles J. Connor, the art thief who once claimed to have been the...
By Carly Carioli  |  May 06, 2011
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A bank robber downsizes

There's nothing like an art heist to make journalists spout hyperbole. What else could explain the wild things they've said about Myles J. Connor, the Boston career criminal who by his own account has tiptoed by night through literally dozens of museu
The long fall from ripping off Rembrandts to shoplifting sunglasses
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 29, 2011
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A bankrobber downsizes

There's nothing like an art heist to make a journalist spout hyperbole.
Annals of Crime
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 15, 2011


December 16 | Gardner After Hours at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

December 16 | Gardner After Hours at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Parting is such sweet sorrow. On one hand, we'll miss Gardner After Hours, the monthly series of culture-vulture cocktail receptions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner...
By Scott Kearnan  |  December 13, 2010
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Review: A venerable collection returns to Marble House

Medieval artists got so much wrong. But it's a wrongness that ends up being vigorously right.
American Gothic
By GREG COOK  |  September 03, 2010

HOT EXPANSIONS: The Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Bigger isn't always better. If it were, we wouldn't foam at the mouth every time a newer, slimmer model of our cell phone is released....
By Stuff Boston  |  July 26, 2010
DJ Coralcola at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

DJ Coralcola at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


The July Gardner After Hours bash gets a jolt from Worcester's DJ Coralcola. Best known for spinning trance tracks like those on his self-released Egggirl,...
By webteam  |  July 14, 2010
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Photos: Topping Ceremony at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Getting topped
The Gardner’s new wing takes shape
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  June 25, 2010


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Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010
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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
Borromeo String Quartet at the Gardner Museum

Borromeo String Quartet at the Gardner Museum


We can think of lots worse ways to spend Easter Sunday than listening to the Borromeo String Quartet start its new Beethoven cycle with Quartets Nos. 1,...
By webteam  |  March 31, 2010
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What's new

The timely highlight of Gil Rose’s latest BMOP (Boston Modern Orchestra Project) concert, “Strings Attached,” was a new/old piece (2004, revised 2009) for two string orchestras by Scott Wheeler now called Crazy Weather — the new title taken from a John
BMOP, and the Christian Wolff festival
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 26, 2010
Callithumpian Consort with Christian Wolff

Callithumpian Consort with Christian Wolff


Exalted American experimental composer Christian Wolff got our attention with the title of his new Songs from Brecht: The Exception and the Rule, which the...
By webteam  |  March 17, 2010


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Bach beat

Composers John Harbison and Peter Lieberson are big presences this spring.
Lions and lambs
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 12, 2010
Cirkestra at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Cirkestra at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


The beautiful five-piece Cirkestra return to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum after rocking the Tapestry Room last year. Expect a program of new pieces by...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010
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Lighting history

On January 1, 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner invited 300 guests to a private concert by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the opening of her new museum on the Fenway. After performances of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, the mirrored door
The Gardner Museum takes a chance on the new
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2010
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Works in progress

Back in October, Minnesota photographer Alec Soth spoke at MassArt. "Facebook: 15 billion uploaded photos," he said. "At its busiest, 550,000 images each second being uploaded. So I've been struggling with that. How do I function as a photographer in th
Photography after Facebook at the PRC, 'Boston Does Boston III' at Proof, and Taro Shinoda at Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2010
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Fresh fruit and vegetables

The bleakest months of New England winter are ahead of us, so the prospect of leaving your toasty house to see art may not be at the top of your to-do list.
A winter crop of art
By GREG COOK  |  January 01, 2010


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52 ways to leave 2009

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. Sure, the end of this decade may not have the same kind of new-millennium pressure riding on it as the last one, b
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 01, 2010
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2009: The year in Classical

This was a queasy year for classical music.
Beating the quease
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 25, 2009
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Wanting more

After its triumphant traversal of the complete Béla Bartók string quartets at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Borromeo Quartet was back for a free 20th- and 21st-century program at Jordan Hall, leading off with an accomplished recent piece by t
The Borromeo and Emerson String Quartets, Dohnányi with the BSO, and Yiddish operetta at Harvard
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 11, 2009
Borromeo String Quartet: The Complete Bartók Quartets, Part 1

Borromeo String Quartet: The Complete Bartók Quartets, Part 1


File this one under "Shouldn't Miss": the Borromeo String Quartet in part one of "The Complete Bartók Quartets" - which is to say, Nos. 1,...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 06, 2009
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Leon Kirchner, 1919–2009

Craggy, tender, passionate, witty, rough-edged, lyrical, uncompromising, Leon Kirchner's music, so like the man himself, made an indelible impression. Even in his recent appearance at a 90th-birthday tribute concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
In Memoriam
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 23, 2009


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Pottery, Potter, mummies, and a 'Rare Bird'

The art of 2000 BC Egypt, visions from the Iraq War and AIDS activism, and the magic of a digital technology and Harry Potter make up the highlights of Boston's autumn art calendar.
Museums and galleries gather their objets d'art
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009
Avant Gardner's “New Japan” with Callithumpian Consort and Jo Kondo

Avant Gardner's “New Japan” with Callithumpian Consort and Jo Kondo


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum kicks off its adorably named Avant Gardner series with “New Japan,” an evening in which local new-music titans Callithumpian Consort...
By Shaula Clark  |  September 09, 2009
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Interview: Ulrich Boser

As we reach the 19th anniversary of the theft of 13 priceless art objects from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, there's been a renewed effort to identify the thieves and retrieve the Gardner treasures.
Going after the Gardner thieves
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 24, 2009
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East meets West

The paintings in "Shôwa Sophistication" at the Museum of Fine Arts are like the dreamiest travel posters you've ever seen.
'Shôwa' at the MFA, and Mrs. Gardner's Asian tour
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009