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Warhol meets modernism at Ogunquit Museum

It’s a strange mixture of modernist tradition, American iconoclasm, and tabloid fetishism that fuels the summer shows at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.
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By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 30, 2013
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SLIDESHOW: ''Marsden Hartley: Soliloquy in Dogtown'' + Cristi Rinklin's ''Diluvial''

''Marsden Hartley: Soliloquy in Dogtown'' is at the Cape Ann Museum through October 14. Cristi Rinklin's ''Diluvial'' is at the Currier Museum of Art through September 9.
Through October 14 + through September 9
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 13, 2012
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Hartley’s Gloucester; plus, Cristi Rinklin

Marsden Hartley returned to Gloucester in 1931 like so many traditional painters making the summer pilgrimage to the city's shores and fishing wharves, except he was part of Alfred Stieglitz's Modernist circle in New York, had imbibed French Cubism in Pa
Dogtown genius
By GREG COOK  |  July 13, 2012
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Maxey’s sprawling landscapes; Blackburn’s altered spaces

After years of visiting her second home in her husband's native United Kingdom, Providence artist Madolin Maxey says it finally occurred to her to paint the hedgerows, rolling hills, giant boulders, and ancient stone crosses in Devon in southwestern Eng
Exteriors and interiors
By GREG COOK  |  March 23, 2012
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Review: ''Remember the Ladies'' at the Newport Art Museum

Rhode Island is one of the preeminent places for art-making in America, thanks in great part to the Rhode Island School of Design, but what would it be without its pioneering women?
Women's work
By GREG COOK  |  July 08, 2011
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SPACE to screen video banned from Smithsonian

A video banned from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery last week in the wake of threats from conservative politicians will be on view in the front window of SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St., Portland) this week and next, as part of a nationwide s
Fighting censorship
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 17, 2010


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Printing matters

An aged poster hangs framed in Patricia Nick’s apartment bearing a handwritten mantra. In faded blue marker, the author scripted “An original print is NOT a reproduction. It is an original work of art conceived and drawn or cut on the plate, block or st
Vinalhaven Press artifacts at June Fitzpatrick
By ANNIE LARMON  |  April 16, 2010
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Living history

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Bert Gallery, which Catherine Little Bert and her father-in-law Hugo Bert (who'd run Cottage Gallery in North Providence) opened in the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence in 1985.
Bert Gallery turns 25
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2010
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Half-century

The big 50th-anniversary exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art has only about a month left of its eight-month run, so it seems like a good time to revisit this sprawling and worthwhile show.
Highlights of Colby's collection
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 29, 2010
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Power of place

I'd arranged the trip (Dogtown is about an hour and a half south of Portland) because I was planning to write about Elyssa East's new book, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town.
Exploring a New England ghost town in person, and on the page
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 29, 2010
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Alternative universe

In the 1930s and '40s, Boston painters developed a moody, mythic realism. They mixed social satire with depictions of street scenes, Biblical scenes, and mystical symbolic narratives, all of it darkened by the shadow of the Great Depression and World W
Boston Expressionism in context
By GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2009


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Retro for fall

Leaves are turning, roads aren't crowded; it's time to look ahead for interest in the fall art season.
Major artists of Maine's past go on display
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 18, 2009
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More than words

What are we to make of Robert Indiana? His is generally considered part of the Pop art group of artists who came into prominence in the late '60s, along with Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, and Roy Lichtenstein, and though he is not perhaps as highly re
The Farnsworth's Robert Indiana retrospective
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  July 10, 2009
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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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Summer people

Ever wonder why there is so much professional-level art made and shown in Maine, a state with a total population less than that of many minor cities? One answer is that following the fame of people like Winslow Homer, creative types flocked to Maine, o
Artists have long visited Maine, too
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 12, 2009
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Ice ice baby

In July 1860, Captain Isaac Israel Hayes's schooner, the United States, left Boston and sailed to the Arctic.
Polar landscapes at the Peabody Essex, plus monsters at the Museum of Science
By GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2009


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Day by day

Everyone has their own Marsden Hartley. That happens with great painters, and Hartley was one of the greatest of 20th-century American artists.
A new film examines Marsden Hartley’s life
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 29, 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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Left out

I first heard about Stanley five years ago, from a firefighter up on Munjoy Hill.
There's a lot in Portland's past the "history" books won't tell you
By BRENDAN HUGHES  |  January 30, 2008

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By BRENDAN HUGHES  |  January 30, 2008
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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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Kitchen-sink ‘Summer’

You wouldn’t think a painting exhibit of ships and still lifes, landscapes and portraits, primitives and abstractions representing 82 artists and spanning 148 years would hold together in any discernible way.
A sprawling show at the Peabody Essex
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  June 14, 2006