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William Trost Richards at the Newport Art Museum

Call it poor timing. The 19th-century seascape painter William Trost Richards is one of the granddaddies of Rhode Island art, but in the wide world of art he remains obscure.
‘Paradise’ found
By GREG COOK  |  August 24, 2012

Alexander McQueen's 'Savage Beauty'

The two-hour wait is your first clue that "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through August 7) is not your typical blockbuster exhibit.
The late fashion designer's show at the Met defies demographics — and fashion itself
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  July 29, 2011

Slideshow: Alexander McQueen's ''Savage Beauty'' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photos of Alexander McQueen's ''Savage Beauty'' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, through August 7, 2011, in connection with Thomas Page McBee's  review of the exhibit .
Metropolitan Museum of Art | Through August 7, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 29, 2011

Review: A venerable collection returns to Marble House

Medieval artists got so much wrong. But it's a wrongness that ends up being vigorously right.
American Gothic
By GREG COOK  |  September 03, 2010

Slideshow: The MFA's Luis Melendez exhibit

Images of Luis Melendez's show at the MFA
"Master of the Spanish Still Life," now showing through May 9, 2010
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 12, 2010

2009: The year in Art

The year started off with a kick in the teeth when, in January, Brandeis University announced plans to shutter its Rose Art Museum and sell off its masterpieces.
Saints, sinners, paint
By GREG COOK  |  December 25, 2009


Magpie and copyist

If you were going to recount the evolution of hippie guy fashion, you might say that what began with psychedelic ruffled shirts and corduroy pants in 1968 has in late middle age split into two streams: collarless white button-down shirts, usually buttone
Iris Apfel at PEM, Mary McFadden at MassArt
By GREG COOK  |  November 27, 2009

MFA neglects to award prize for neglected female artists

In 1993, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, friends of prominent Cambridge artist Maud Morgan donated funds to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to establish a prize in her name. (She died six years later.) The Maud Morgan Purchase Prize would celebrate u
Missing Maud Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009

Lasting impressions

The Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries didn't become known as the European age of rebirth for nothing.
RISD’s ‘The Brilliant Line’ details the history of engraving
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009

Take a look

A year ago the future looked bright as the RISD Museum debuted its shiny new Chace Center.
New spaces and fresh faces
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009
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Lesson from a master

Philippe de Montebello retired at the end of last year from his position as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York after 31 years. During his tenure, the museum nearly doubled in size to two million square feet and increased its collect
Legendary Met director will take your questions
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  July 17, 2009


Slideshow: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese at MFA

At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
"Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 10, 2009

Slideshow: Peabody Essex Museum exhibit highlights

Images from "Wedded Bliss," "Painting Summer in New England," "Joseph Cornell," and more
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  July 23, 2008

Interview: The DeCordova’s new director holds forth

Dennis Kois (rhymes with voice) began work as the new executive director of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln on June 2.
Voice of Kois
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2008

A hero of our time

I never doubt Moravec unless I’m measuring him against himself. There isn’t a pianist alive I’d rather hear.
Ivan Moravec at the Metropolitan Museum
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 18, 2007

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


Odd and vulnerable

The women in Amy Cutler’s drawings and paintings are odd and vulnerable but sometimes a formidable lot.
Amy Cutler’s fantastical world
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 28, 2006

Hand made

Eight years after Loïs Mailou Jones’s death, School of the Museum of Fine Arts curator Joanna Soltan is proclaiming her to be “among the most significant African-American artists of the 20th century.”
Loïs Mailou Jones and Clare Rojas
By GREG COOK  |  October 04, 2006

War in art heaven

Belying its placid title, “The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings” is the record of a collecting war whose energy all but obliterates the show’s eye-popping art. Slideshow: Paintings from The Clark Brothers Collection
Sterling and Stephen duke it out at the Clark Institute
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 28, 2006

Squares in Paris

Thomas Eakins was one of thousands of ambitious young American artists who flocked to Paris after the Civil War. Paintings from The Museum of Fine Arts's "Americans in Paris" exhibit
What American painters didn’t learn on their European vacations
By GREG COOK  |  June 21, 2006

Ralph Hamilton

My lovable, impossible friend of more than 30 years, the artist Ralph Hamilton, died on February 19, of complications from diabetes. He was only 59. It’s a very sad loss. He was one of Boston’s most original and searching painters and had been doing some
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 09, 2006


In search of modern art

Despite offering many pieces that haven’t been seen in decades, the Museum of Fine Arts’ current “Degas to Picasso” is no blockbuster, and it doesn’t pretend to be.
‘Degas to Picasso’ at the MFA; ‘Fra Angelico’ at the Met  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 28, 2006