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Scavenged sculpture and Dead Sea scrolls: 10 heady spring exhibits blooming in New England galleries

In Barry McGee's art, you'll find traces of influences lifted from thrift stores, tramp art, skating, punk, surfing, and Bay Area murals and psychedelia.

By GREG COOK  |  March 01, 2013
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Science fiction at the List

One of the unsettling things about America today is how more and more people seem to think that evolution, global warming and math are matters of faith rather than evidence.

By GREG COOK  |  December 07, 2012
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Portraiture dominates Boston gallery exhibits this spring

"I figured," Alex Katz said of his paintings of his wife Ada in 1969, "well, if I get Ada right, if you only get one person right— if you get a woman or a man right — it's universal."
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By GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2012

The Week in Geek! 3.28 - 4.4: Geeks get slammed and artsy, but not fooled


This week we wonder: will Duncan Jones' Source Code be as good as Moon?If last week's festivities took a toll on your fragile human body,...
By Alec Ernest  |  March 28, 2011
This week in the Phoenix: Techno-monks, wonder drugs, and trippy pixels

This week in the Phoenix: Techno-monks, wonder drugs, and trippy pixels


Image from our "Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom" slideshow.Turns out, you don't have to look very hard to find the geeky bits of any given...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 27, 2011
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Tedium and enchantment

Can it be a good sign when a curator writes that the artist he's featuring in her first US museum survey "has laid bare the creative act in all its tedium and enchantment for over two decades"?
Frances Stark, Bruce Myren, Rebecca Lieberman, and Megan & Murray McMillan
By GREG COOK  |  November 05, 2010


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Slideshow: Tavares Strachan's ''Orthostatic Tolerance'' at the MIT List Visual Arts Center

Tavares Strachan's "Orthostatic Tolerance:  It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home" at the MIT List Visual Arts Center through July 11, 2010.
Tavares Strachan at the MIT List Visual Arts Center | Through July 11
By TAVARES STRACHAN  |  June 18, 2010
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A walk on the wild side

Everyone looks so weary in Howard Yezerski Gallery's gritty documentary photos of Boston's dear departed Combat Zone from 1969 to 1978. The year's still young, but this glimpse into our past from Roswell Angier, Jerry Berndt, and John Goodman may be one
The Combat Zone, plus burlesque, drag, cross-dressing, and the avant-garde
By GREG COOK  |  February 19, 2010
Dressing on the Side | February 4 - April 4

Dressing on the Side | February 4 - April 4


Maybe you’ve attended a bachelorette party with the feisty female impersonators at Jacque’s Cabaret. Maybe once in college you donned women’s panties for a Rocky...
By Scott Kearnan  |  January 25, 2010
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Fresh fruit and vegetables

The bleakest months of New England winter are ahead of us, so the prospect of leaving your toasty house to see art may not be at the top of your to-do list.
A winter crop of art
By GREG COOK  |  January 01, 2010
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Distance makes the heart grow fonder

Those Bostonians who've been experiencing Bill Arning withdrawals can stop fretting: the former MIT List Visual Arts Center curator, now director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, is coming home for his final opening.
Matthew Day Jackson, Bernadette Devlin, and Zhou Tao at MIT's List Visual Arts Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 24, 2009


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Beauty and the East

Gallery-goers with an affinity for art from Asia will have plenty of reason for excitement with a handful of enticing shows this winter.
Boston-area art spaces look to Asia this winter
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 29, 2008
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The Apocalypse versus stupid human tricks

Among the most poetic and moving artwork to come out of 9/11 is Paul Chan’s series of videos The 7 Lights .
Paul Chan, Adel Abdessemed, and Andrew Neumann
By GREG COOK  |  December 02, 2008
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Loud and clear

Although it's no stretch to say that contemporary artists are eager to say something, the art world has seen its fair share of awkwardly shitty gallery talks.
The 2008 Foster Prize at the ICA, Adel Abdessemed at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  November 26, 2008
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Flora, fauna, and the female figure

The Art Nouveau movement of the late-19th/early-20th century distanced itself from the mass production of the Industrial Revolution with elaborate, one-of-a-kind works made from unusual materials.
Art Nouveau Jewelry at the MFA, ‘Players’ on MIT’s Media Test Wall, and ‘Nascent’ at NESAD
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 15, 2008
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Let’s undo the movies

If those collective behaviors inspired and demanded by the cinema of its witnesses are, in essence, its very boundaries, Belgian-born filmmaker and video artist Chantal Akerman could be considered a smuggler.
Chantal Akerman plays with your mind at MIT’s List Center
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 30, 2008


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Dystopia now!

Our species seems to have a serious love/hate relationship with nature, as in “can’t live with it, can’t live without it.”
‘Alexis Rockman,’ ‘The New Authentics,’ and ‘Paper Trail II’ at the Rose, and Chantal Akerman at MIT
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 22, 2008
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Bad-boy cool

“People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access.”
‘Street Level’ at the ICA, plus Ranjani Shettar and David Claerbout
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2008
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The old neighborhood

Some call Charles “Teenie” Harris’s five decades of photos of Pittsburgh one of the grandest chronicles of African-American life ever assembled.
Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris at Gallery Kayafas, plus videos at MIT
By GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2007
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Not a girl who misses much

Sound is all around: pop music acts as a hair trigger for memory.
Sound and video at MIT, “Eyewitness” at Axiom, Carolee Schneemann at Pierre Menard, and Kaspar König at the Sackler
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 01, 2007
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Desperately seeking shoulder pads

In the glorious fall of 1980, young photographer Amy Arbus approached the Village Voice looking for freelance work.
Amy Arbus and ’80s style at the Schoolhouse, Hung-Chih Peng’s video at MIT, and ‘Drama and Desire’ at the MFA
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 14, 2007


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Radical dude

Cameron Jamie grew up in the ’burbs.
Cameron Jamie at MIT, Edward Hopper at the MFA, and the 2007 Annual at the DeCordova
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 24, 2007