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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
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Review: Cody Thompson's ''Witch Doctor'' at Craftland

The owl-falcon smiles with demonic, googly-eyes and a wide, maniacal, fanged grin.
The human touch
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2011
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Drawn together: The MFA's 'Fresh Ink'

The Museum of Fine Arts' "Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition" exhibit sounds like a cool idea.
Plus Neal Rantoul and 'Boston Does Boston'
By GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2010
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Review: The Addison Gallery returns

Closed for two years of renovation and expansion, the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy reopened this past Tuesday with "Inside, Outside, Upstairs, Downstairs: The Addison Anew," nearly 400 greatest hits from its great collection.
Welcome back
By GREG COOK  |  September 10, 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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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


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Epic Albanian foodstory

Portland resident Bill Dilios taught me how to make his favorite dish from Albania, kotopita.
A mother never made it to America, but her chicken pie did.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  November 20, 2009

Play by Play: September 25, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009

Play by play: September 18, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 18, 2009
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Autumn garden

It's freshman and sophomore year on the Boston rialto, with American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus introducing her first season and Huntington Theatre Company honcho Peter DuBois endeavoring to survive his second.
Fall on Boston boards
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 18, 2009

The sunny side of the street

It's good to be known as an optimist. It keeps people from realizing you're actually a boob.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 24, 2009


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Primitive soul

Anne Siems's paintings are time machines teleporting you back to the early days of our American republic. In her show at Walker Contemporary, the German-born, Seattle-based artist channels the endearing awkwardness of artists like John Brewster Jr., wh
Anne Siems and the folk revival
By GREG COOK  |  July 17, 2009
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Black and white and red all over

The most common problem afflicting video games these days is a deficit of imagination. So many releases look alike, sound alike, and play alike.
The stylish ultraviolence of MadWorld
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 31, 2009
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Neo-rococo

Jamaica Plain's Laurel Sparks has become one of our best local abstract painters, as her new collection of bright, fun, juicy, abstracted chandeliers at Howard Yezerski Gallery attests.
Laurel Sparks at Yezerski, plus Julie Miller, Sheila Gallagher, Darren Foote, and Michael Ellis
By GREG COOK  |  February 20, 2009
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Worlds collide

A week ago Wednesday and Thursday, a curious collection of young scruffy indie kids and older scruffy MIT eggheads converged on the school's Broad Institute for two nights of free music, art, and lecture dubbed "Darkness Visible."
Bryce Dessner and Matthew Ritchie at MIT
By WILL SPITZ  |  February 03, 2009
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The thinker at mid century

A long time ago (say 70 years), in a galaxy far, far away (New York), a tired band of rebels ached to be the Next Big Thing.
Size matters
By GREG COOK  |  January 27, 2009


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Elements + islands

Dennis Pinette, who was born in the Penobscot Bay town of Belfast and lives there still, makes completely contemporary paintings whose roots extend back through those epic early days of American painting.
Dennis Pinette's identity is on display at CMCA
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  November 05, 2008
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Rough justice

Except that it's a black farce, not a tragedy, you could call The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh's Titus Andronicus .
The Lieutenant of Inishmore; How Many Miles to Basra?; Legally Blonde the Musical
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 04, 2008
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Chihuly lite

The main problem with “Chihuly At RISD,” on view at the RISD Museum’s new Chace Center (through January 4), is that there’s not enough Dale Chihuly here.  
RISD’s sprawling exhibit could use more ‘wow’
By GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2008
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Gimme some truth

Can it be a coincidence, I ask rhetorically, that we have all of a sudden become very interested in watching highly trained men smack the shit out of each other?
In praise of Ultimate Fighting
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 25, 2008
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Fringe festival

Off the beaten path, the fringes of Boston's gallery scene are seeing new development, and even expansion.
Galleries off the beaten path
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2008


Greatest hits

The RISD Museum continues its top to bottom renovation and expansion.
RISD shows off its new and renovated galleries
By GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2008
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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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A case of identity

In 2002, the year after his mother died, as Alex Matter tells it, he found a brown paper package in his father’s storage locker on Long Island.
'Pollock Matters' at Boston College
By GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2007
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Toys are us

Transformers  is a movie in disguise.
Transformers puts the commercial back into cinema
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2007
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The case of the zombie Pollocks

On Monday, Harvard researchers kicked a hornets’ nest that has been buzzing in the art world since the discovery of 32 drippy abstract paintings claimed to be previously unknown works by Jackson Pollock.
Art sleuthing
By GREG COOK  |  January 31, 2007


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Ah, painting!

“Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century” rounds up 15 painters who reinvigorate abstraction by drawing inspiration and imagery from computers, stars and constellations, quantum physics, data mapping, the Internet, genetics, squiggly microscopic
At the DeCordova, abstraction is new again
By GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2007
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Looking back

The advantage of being a teaching museum is on full display at the Rhode Island School of Design in the exhibition “Re-Viewing the Twentieth Century.”
A “Re-View” of the last 100 years at RISD
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 02, 2007

The Artist's Body, edited by Tracey Warr, Amelia Jones

This paperback reprint of last year’s hardcover is the perfect gift for the transgression-loving art nerd on your list.
Phaidon, 304 pages, $39.95
By JON GARELICK  |  December 05, 2006
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Houses of pain

Stay tuned, motherfuckers. Watch a preview for the second season of Meerkat Manor (YouTube)
A tough week in reality TV
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 19, 2006