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The MFA pulls out the stops for contemporary art with the Linde Family Wing

A conundrum lies at the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts' Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, which debuted last weekend: how does a museum showcase a subject it has long neglected?
Playing catch-up
By GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2011
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Photos: Scenes from the opening of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art

The Museum of Fine Arts expanded its already-impressive repertoire this weekend when it unveiled the much-anticipated Linde Family Wing For Contemporary Art with a 24-hour-long celebration.
From the grand opening of the Museum of Fine Arts's new wing
By JOEL VEAK  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: The eye-popping vitality of 'Printed in Providence'

Providence printmaking continues to be the primary representative of the city's art in books from Street World (2007) to Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today (2009) to the Museum of Modern Art's Modern Women (2010). It's a printmakin
Lasting impressions
By GREG COOK  |  February 25, 2011
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Review: 'Networks 2009-2010' at the Newport Art Museum

In art communities like Providence, local institutions often ignore their town's history. Which can convey the message that little art made here ever mattered. And the corollary: Little made here ever will matter. Which is, of course, silly in the town
A 'community of makers'
By GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2010
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Five artists address intimacy at MECA’s ICA

The largely performance-based offerings in "Mind-bending with the Mundane" inspect the confusing grayscale of modern relationships and family structures, addressing what contemporary domesticity looks like in a society of convenience and prerogative with
Taking vows
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 24, 2010
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In 'The Tradition'

In 1978, Rhode Island College presented “Four from Providence.” The exhibit was a call to revitalize the reputations of four Providence artists of color who had often been overlooked since their peaks in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Bannister’s ‘Five From Providence’ honors its namesake
By GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2010


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Deep cuts

The beauty of Kara Walker's silhouettes lies in their concurrent brutality and daintiness, and in her unabashed exploration cutting to the meat of the black-and-white binary in American contemporary culture.
Kara Walker's emotional film at Bowdoin College Museum of Art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 27, 2009
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Dark and light sides of pleasure

"I want to create a place where people can take a little vacation from reality," Brooklyn artist Kirsten Hassenfeld has said. "I'm interested in going to a place where there is no want, only endless plenty." In "Recent Sculpture," her exhibit at Brown Un
Kirsten Hassenfeld's place of "endless plenty" at Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2009
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Photos: The Old, Weird America exhibit at DeCordova

The Old, Weird America at the DeCordova
The Old, Weird America : Folk Themes in Contemporary Art at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
By DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM  |  June 19, 2009
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Art in America

The legend of the Old West's cowboys and Indians, flinty pioneers and buffalo killers, sheriffs and gunslingers started with the tall tales that cowboys themselves told of their glorious exploits.
From the Old West to middle-class guys
By GREG COOK  |  June 19, 2009
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Folk my brains out

Toby Kamp's 'The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes In Contemporary Art' at The Decordova Museum
Wild and weird
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 22, 2009


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Instant messages

The immediacy of communicating personal information that Internet culture and high bandwidth provide is not part of the new exhibition at the Mills Gallery, which eschews digital technology altogether.
Cindy Bernard at the Mills Gallery, Do-Ho Suh at Tufts, ‘Human Nature(S)’ At The Worcester Art Museum  
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 05, 2008
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Generation gap

It’s an uneven show with a dour vision that leaves a mediciny taste in your mouth — and, I think, offers signs of a generation gap among curators.
"Black Womanhood" at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum and Cultural Center
By GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2008
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Seeing the light

When Oscar suggests they bunk school and visit the museum across the street, because of the cafeteria’s two-pound burritos, they don’t realize what they have in store for them.
In House Freestyle connects on many levels
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2008
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Expanded within

On the inside, though, it feels like a much larger museum has been magically folded into the fine old neo-classical structure.
A look at the newly re-opened Bowdoin College Museum of Art
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 06, 2008
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Playing with history

In February 1862, with the Civil War not yet a year old, Union forces took Fort Henry, a Confederate outpost on the Tennessee River, as they began to open up Southern waterways for supply lines.
Kara Walker's civil war
By GREG COOK  |  January 30, 2007


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Beautiful disaster

What we think of as “progress” — urban development, industrialization — has been proceeding at a rapid rate in China over the past decade, with significant environmental and human consequences.
Edward Burtynsky at Tufts, Kara Walker at the Addison, and ‘Works from the Permanent Collection’ at the Rose
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 17, 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
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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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Summer daze

One of the invigorating qualities of summer art shows in Boston is their relative playfulness. Slideshow: Images from the galleries     
Cool pickin’s on Newbury Street and in the South End
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  July 05, 2006
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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


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Women’s work

Gathering women artists together in a show is always at least a little problematic.
Gender is the only commonality in “Voice”
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 22, 2006
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A galaxy far, far away

Recently I found myself aboard the Air Chair, a padded seat atop what looks like a riding lawnmower, at the Museum of Science’s “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibit.
Is the Empire defining the current avant-garde?
By GREG COOK  |  March 27, 2006
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The right profile

Contemporary African-American artists have taken on issues of race and American identity in a wealth of ways, from Kara Walker’s provocative silhouette narratives to Fred Wilson’s discomforting black "collectibles" to William Pope
  African-Americans in Andover, nudes in Winchester, sunglasses and cellphones in Essex
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 17, 2006