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Subject bias

"Objects of Wonder" is a mixed bag of a show, which is what it sets out to be.
Still lifes focus on the details at the PMA
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 26, 2010
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Hope and energy

As we launch into the next decade with a collapsing economy and apocalyptic themes bleeding into every facet of culture, it's particularly hard to be optimistic about the arts, as yes, they are often the first to go.
Looking ahead to Maine's art scene in 2010
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 01, 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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Wizards and masterpieces

At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation
Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009
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Out of the woodwork

Bernard Langlais's work has spawned a cottage industry of imitators who mostly serve just to prove how much better he was at it.
Langlais's legacy is more than just animals
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 11, 2008
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Making book

If obsession is at the core of The Rosenbach Company, says co-creator Ben Katchor, that only makes the pop musical a human story.
Ben Katchor explains The Rosenbach Company
By CLEA SIMON  |  November 14, 2007