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Peter Max's pop life

Peter Max rocketed to fame as one of the iconic psychedelic artists of the late '60s.
The artist on fame, Andy Warhol, and the 'complete freedom' of his expression
By GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2010

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

Little surprise

At the tag end of a dispiriting day of gallery visiting I happened into the Bowdoin College Museum to see their collection of Warhol Polaroids matched with a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting. That's a sure recipe for ongoing gloom, but it was on my way, so
American painters cross the pond
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 05, 2010

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

Two sides of life

"I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist," the Pop artist Andy Warhol wrote in 1975. "Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art."
Photographs by Andy Warhol and Stewart Martin
By GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2009

Vanishing Boston

The Boston we live in today will be gone someday, but there's still time to get to know it in all its uniqueness.
A field guide to Boston's 'lasting' treasures — to be enjoyed before they're razed in favor of chain stores


New discoveries

The show presents works by artists that influenced the Impressionists and artists who were, in turn, influenced by this most powerful of artistic movements.  
What the Impressionists can still teach us
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 02, 2008

Show fetish

Ever since Salvatore Ferragamo designed the first stiletto heel in 1955, podiatrists have faced a steady stream of female patients seeking physical relief from their devotion to fashion over function.
The MFA’s new ‘Walk This Way’ exhibit traces the history of footwear fashion, from sandals to stilettos
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 26, 2007


“Under Cover” is one of those lucid, edifying shows the Harvard museums excel at.
Sketchbooks at Harvard, dead bird at the Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  August 28, 2006

The girls of summer

Americans, Henry James wrote in 1867, “can pick and choose and assimilate and in short (æsthetically, etc.) claim our property wherever we find it.”
Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell at the MFA and the Peabody Essex  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 10, 2006


Art — like music, physics, literature, dance, and other creative pursuits — rarely springs forth from the imagination in its final form. 
Artists’ notebooks at the Fogg, issues of extinction at the Gardner, and ‘Photographing Great Horses’ at the Fitchburg
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 19, 2006

Liquid masterpieces

In honor of the exhibition, a number of bars and restaurants around Boston are offering drinks inspired by the art, the artists, and la Ville Lumière. Sqaures in Paris: What American painters didn't learn on their summer vacation. By Greg Cook.
An MFA exhibit inspires a host of beautiful cocktails
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 23, 2006

Squares in Paris

Thomas Eakins was one of thousands of ambitious young American artists who flocked to Paris after the Civil War. Paintings from The Museum of Fine Arts's "Americans in Paris" exhibit
What American painters didn’t learn on their European vacations
By GREG COOK  |  June 21, 2006

Exhibition expedition

Here are 10 exhibits across New England that will keep you happily inside all summer. Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
A road trip to sample great art is worth the gas money
By GREG COOK  |  June 14, 2006

Where is the love?

Kelly Sherman spent this spring exploring the ways in which practical, logistical decisions of a wedding cause couples to confront and mediate family relationships.
Kelly Sherman’s wedding seating arrangements, ‘Whistler’s Mother’ at the MFA, and ‘The Din’ in the South End
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 14, 2006

To the lighthouse

Word has it that famed, Boston-born artist Winslow Homer learned to paint from his mother, a skilled amateur watercolorist of flowers who recognized her son’s talent for drawing from the time he could hold a pencil.
American watercolors, toothpicks and roadtrips, and ‘Mixing Speak’ at the New Art Center
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 05, 2006