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''Elsewhere''

Every once in a while the city needs a show like "Elsewhere," the round-up of 17 local artists organized by Flux.Boston blogger Liz Devlin, to get a snapshot of the art being produced here.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012
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A new Gardner, plus landscapes, performance art, and RAD

Greater Boston's art-museum building boom continues with the debut of an expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in January.
Shapeshifting
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010
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Review: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI

"You are here to kneel/Where prayer has been valid.” “Here” for T.S. Eliot was a church in Huntingdonshire, but it’s hard to imagine a place where prayer has been more valid than Jerusalem, or a place where more people have died for their faith.
“Jerusalem: The City of the Two Peaces,” live At Sanders Theatre, May 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 07, 2010
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Breakthroughs

Tufts University Art Gallery's "Sixth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition" is one of those summer sampler shows that's got about a million people in it.
Summer round-ups at Tufts and Montserrat
By GREG COOK  |  July 10, 2009
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Simple gifts

Friday I watched more musicians than even Gustav Mahler used to ask for assemble on stage at Symphony Hall to perform the 10 minutes of Pierre Boulez’s Notations I-IV .
Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI, Sanders Theatre, October 25, 2008
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Men from Mars(eille)

“Un jour ou l’autre, parlera l’Europe marseillais” — “Sooner or later, Europe will speak Marseille.”  
Lo Còr de la Plana invade Boston
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 02, 2008
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It’s about time . . .

It’s been 17 years since Boston’s last local festival of contemporary music, the New Music Harvest organized by composer Charles Fussell: 19 programs (several free), a celebration of composer Ned Rorem, an opera production performed by BU students, and t
The Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music starts in Boston
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 25, 2008
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One world, several dreams

It’s no secret that recent years have seen a new “cultural revolution” in the visual arts in China.
“Business as Usual: New Video From China” at MassArt, “Text in Video” at Axiom, and “Many Kinds of Nothing” at Montserrat
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 12, 2008
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Cape light

Pinpricks and irregular streaks of light illuminate a circular orb that might be the moon, or a partly peeled orange in each of Judith Larsen’s series of photographic works called “Phasing and Solon."
‘Light And Artifice’ at The Schoolhouse Gallery; ‘What Is Big?’ at Brickbottom; ‘Birds Do It’ at Montserrat
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 02, 2008
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Waxing poetic

New York–based artist Joanne Mattera wrote the book (literally) on encaustic, an ancient method of painting with pigmented wax.
Joanne Mattera and encaustic painting plus sculpture At Montserrat; Ceci Méndez at the Center For Latino Arts
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 03, 2008


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Live at five

The Tufts University Art Gallery has taken the off-season opportunity to celebrate its year-round neighbors.
Fifth Annual Juried Summer Show at Tufts, Norman Laliberté at Montserrat, Julie Vinette at Atlantic Works, and Annual Juried Members’ Show at the Danforth
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 28, 2008
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Greenheads

When Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize last October, it was a triumph for anti-global-warming forces as well as a triumph for art.
Global warming inspires eco art at Montserrat and the BCA
By GREG COOK  |  March 03, 2008
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Waste management

One of the essential lessons I’ve gleaned from the magazine Martha Stewart Living is that if you put together a collection of junk that’s all the same color, it’s almost always interesting to look at.
‘Cornucopia’ at Montserrat, ‘Ad/Agency’ at the PRC, and Jim Lambie at the MFA
By GREG COOK  |  January 07, 2008
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Buying in

In late September 2001, President George W. Bush urged Americans to go shopping in support of the slumping US economy, equating purchasing with patriotism in the aftermath of 9/11.
Consumer Culture at Montserrat, Mini Golf at Mass Art, and ‘Seek Alternate Routes’ at 119 Gallery
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 20, 2007
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The soft shock of the new

One of the great dreams of any art aficionado is the dream of stumbling on a new, unheralded talent.
‘New Art Collective’ at Montserrat College, ‘New Art ’07’ at Kingston Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  July 17, 2007


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America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007
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Know when to fold ’em

Origami has been practiced in Japan for at least the past 400 years, and we’ve all seen the usual paper cranes, boats, hats, boxes.
‘Origami Now!’ at the Peabody Essex
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 05, 2007
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War paint

There’s no shortage of photographic images of the war in Iraq — live footage on TV, front-page news photos, streaming video on-line.
Steve Mumford’s ‘Baghdad and Beyond,’ plus ‘Pure Thought’ in Brighton and ‘Urban Art’ from Los Angeles
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 24, 2006
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Wild things

One hundred corrugated cardboard monkeys hanging from trapezes greet visitors to “Going Ape: Confronting Animals in Contemporary Art,” which opens at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park on September 2.
‘Going Ape’ at the DeCordova, George McNeil at Montserrat, and ‘Offspring’ at BU
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 23, 2006
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The Gloucester roster

Artists have long flocked to the North Shore, drawn, no doubt, by the mesmerizing, shifty light and powerful convergence of sea, sand, and stone.
‘Enlightened View’ at Montserrat, ‘Renaming Names’ in Cambridge, and Gerald Parker’s Brockton at the Old South Meeting House  
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 30, 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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Jordi Savall

“Encounters of Fire and Air: Music of Old Spain and the New World” was the title of the program Catalan gambist Jordi Savall brought to the Jesuit Urban Center in the South End, and as anyone who has heard the Alia Vox CD in which it was grounded could'
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 08, 2006
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Fire and air

“Music,” Jordi Savall writes in the liner note to one of his latest discs, Du temps et de l’instant (“Of Time and the Moment”), is “the true living history of humanity.” One could call Savall the true living history of music.
Jordi Savall ignites the musical elements
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 02, 2006
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Super graphics

There must be a better word than “graffiti” to describe the site-specific, often text-embracing, street-smart art of the intrepid artists who use their environment as their canvas, plastering buildings, street signs, decaying walls, and skinny lamp posts
“SPOTHUNTERS,” Ryan McGinness, and Christian Marclay
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 22, 2006