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Judith Tannenbaum

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Two different approaches at the RISD Museum

When Minimalist art began in the 1960s and ’70s, it was difficult stuff. Painters reduced their vocabularies to lines and grids as they pared painting down toward its essential ingredients.
Stripped down and plugged in
By GREG COOK  |  July 27, 2012
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Spencer Finch’s ‘Painting Air’ at the RISD Museum

The question at the heart of Spencer Finch's art is: how to recreate fleeting impressions, like the green-blue-brown surface of the Hudson River or the sunlight filtering down from the Pantheon's dome in Rome.
Mission: Impossible
By GREG COOK  |  March 09, 2012
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10 exhibits that are worth another look

Here's our rundown of the best art of '10.
Excellent expressions
By GREG COOK  |  December 24, 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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Lows, highs, and middles

Yousuf Karsh is one of the giants of portrait photography.
A mixed bag at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009
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Worth another look

In 2008, real estate and jobs dominated local art news.
Intriguing views of a warped world
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2008


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RISD redefined

Rhode Island School of Design’s new Chace Center is the physical embodiment of the 131-year-old institution’s effort to rebrand itself as a more open place.
With the dramatic new Chace Center, the art school reaches outward
By GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2008
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Going underground

The project in which Michael Townsend and seven collaborators created a secret apartment at Providence Place began as an adventure in which four friends tried to live in the mall for a week.
The hidden quality of the Providence art scene is a big part of what sets it apart
By GREG COOK  |  October 10, 2007
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Out of the shadows

Although “Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the Present,” an exhibition that opened last weekend at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, covers a brief period of time, it also represents a dramatically compressed cycle of change in the life of the c
The Providence ‘Wunderground’ gets its due at the RISD Museum
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 27, 2006
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The more things change, the more they stay the same

In December 2000, the threat to replace Fort Thunder and other old mills in Eagle Square with a bland strip mall attracted a broad and spirited opposition movement.
The artist-development clash, as seen through the Phoenix archives
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 14, 2006
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Matter of the moment

Although Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the present, an exhibition opening this Friday at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, encapsulates a very brief period of time, it also represents a dramatically compressed cycle of change in the life of t
The Providence underground gets its due at the RISD Museum
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 13, 2006


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They are Providence

Collective efforts are a signature of Providence’s creative underground, so it’s no surprise that the Shangri-la-la-land component of Wunderground utilizes this approach to create a loose sculptural interpretation of a village.
Shangri-la-la-land reflects the underground’s art-collective experience
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 13, 2006