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Joseph Beuys

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Mirthful morbidity

Greenville painter Greg Stones writes that he sketches a basic landscape or figure study, "then I try to think of what would make the painting especially awesome. Penguins, zombies, and nudes are invariably the answer."
“Penguins, Zombies, and Nudes” at Craftland
By GREG COOK  |  April 06, 2012
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For love of art, and humanity

If art, as Chris Thompson argues in Felt , is a moral issue, its fiber just got that much stronger.
Spirit and nature
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 11, 2011
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Catching up with time at Sylvia Kania Gallery

With its modest confines and compromised winter hours, you could be forgiven for sloshing briskly past the Sylvia Kania Gallery this time of year.
The past is upon us
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 04, 2011
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Cut it out

"Collage: Piecing it Together" at the Portland Museum of Art is a somewhat rambling look at a process that came into use in the beginning of the 20th century as a cubist process bringing images, colors, and shapes together that were previously used els
Collage-making is about the details
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 08, 2010
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Summer buffet

"Nature/Artifice" at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through February 2010) feels summery, but it's not like lite beach reading. I think it has to do with the one-room show's crisp, fresh feel and the platform full of flip-flops.
'Nature/Artifice' at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  July 10, 2009
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Toy stories

Tokyo photographer Noaki Honjo turns Japanese metropolises into adorable li’l things.
In the galleries, artists keep their distance
By GREG COOK  |  May 28, 2008


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All sewn up

Patchwork quilts, crazy quilts, quilts that tell stories, quilts that point the way to freedom, and quilts that just keep us warm are all part of the rich history of this art form.
A quilted movie at the Revolving Museum, Ernesto Pujol at the ICA, and ‘Touch But Don’t Touch’ at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 24, 2007
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Digital strips

In the not-too-distant past, telling someone you were interested in webcomics was met with awkward stares and changes of subject.  (Trust me.)
The rise of webcomics and four artists leading the way
By JOE BERNARDI  |  July 10, 2007
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Maximum city

“There will soon be more people living in the city of Bombay than on the continent of Australia,” writes Suketu Mehta.
‘Gateway Bombay’ at the Peabody Essex, 20th-century German sculpture at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 03, 2007
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What? Institutional? Us?

George Maciunas was the sort of artist who composed musical scores that called for hammering nails into all the keys of a piano.
Fluxus gets the Harvard treatment
By GREG COOK  |  March 20, 2007
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Sticking it to the man

In 1969, Harvard University students rallied to support the creation of a black-studies program and protest the Vietnam War, the presence of ROTC on campus, and the university’s expansion into surrounding communities.
Five centuries of protest art at Harvard
By BY GREG COOK  |  January 02, 2007


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Return to the edge of the world

Photography and new media loom large on the horizon in 2007, with cameras pointed in every direction.
The year ahead in art
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  December 27, 2006
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Changing worlds

On the USM philosophy department's home page, I noticed Karl Marx’s famous lines from Theses on Feuerbach: “the philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point is to change it.”
A talk with USM philosophy professor Jason Read
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  October 04, 2006
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A fresh look

No one would argue that Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was not one of the most influential artist in the second half of the 20th century, if not the most.
"Another View of Joseph Beuys" at Brown  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2006
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Peace out

At the close of each year we make resolutions and invent scenarios about ourselves that we hope will have come to pass 12 months from now.
What to do in 2006 on Portland's art scene?
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  January 05, 2006