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Two shows highlight the RISD Museum's new direction

It's been a year-and-a-half since John Smith took over as director of the RISD Museum. But it's only now that his vision for the place is becoming reality.  
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 15, 2013
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Sinclair Hitchings's 'Art in Boston'

How much difference can one person make? Sinclair Hitchings hopes it's a substantial one when it comes to his "Art in Boston" project, which he began in 2006.

By GREG COOK  |  January 25, 2013
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Bringing the exhibits to life at the PMA

This Friday, the Portland Museum of Art stages the last of this year's Artist Intervention series, a program launched in January 2012 in which local professional artists create on-site performances and installations to complement the visitor experience.
Inside the galleries
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 07, 2012
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R.K. Project’s sprawling ‘Micro-Eutopia’

If you're looking for where art is headed, "Micro-Eutopia," the 19-artist show at Sam Keller and Tabitha Piseno's R.K. Projects (204 Westminster Street, Providence, through November 10), is a good place to start.
Ambitious abstractions
By GREG COOK  |  October 19, 2012
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Sorting through the CMCA’s Biennial

The 2012 Biennial exhibition at Center for Maine Contemporary Art collects seventeen artists: ten by submission, seven invited.

By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 12, 2012
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Taking an observation on Winslow Homer’s oeuvre

"Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine," a show of more than 30 Homer works depicting Maine and the sea, commemorates the opening the newly-restored Homer studio on Prouts Neck.
Blown away
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 05, 2012


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Ain't that America

The bad news of this season is that the sharp-eyed folks behind R.K. Projects will be closing up shop in November after their fall exhibits, which include a group of Providence psychedelics and site-specific installations in Pawtucket (461 Main St from O
Sassy signs, obsessive patterns, and more
By GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2012
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Melding classic with unconventional

If the stuff of the greatest magnitude in established art circles can usually be found at the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART , that truism is especially valid this fall, when the museum reveals a cluster of Winslow Homer retrospectives to celebrate the restorat
Coming Home(r)
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 14, 2012
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Annie Leibovitz’s elegiac ''Pilgrimage''

Between 2009 and 2011, New York celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz wandered around the US and off to England, tracking down the homes and things of famous dead politicians and writers and naturalists and musicians.
Dead people’s things
By GREG COOK  |  August 31, 2012
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Shows at two museums combine for a real lesson

The connections between Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) and Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and the Portland Art Society are pretty straightforward.
Three Maine masters
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 17, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Works by Os Gêmeos at the ICA

The ICA Boston hosts works by Os Gêmeos, on display through November 25, 2012.
Through November 25, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 10, 2012


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Performance art about ICP

For the sixth project in his ongoing "Pop Star" series, New York performance artist Neal Medlyn takes on the Insane Clown Posse, the illustrious Detroit horrorcore rap duo.
Juggalo fan club
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 10, 2012
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Gone Begging – Why Boston artists leave, and how things could be different

It's a story as old as time — well, maybe not as old as time , but it's old: brilliant young artist leaves Boston for greener pastures.
Boston is one of the top-10 ranked cities in the country for arts funding, with a network of world-class museums — so why do young artists leave?
By MICHAEL BRAITHWAITE  |  August 10, 2012
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SPACE wallpaper plays tricks with the eye

As one of its most brilliant venues celebrates its 10th anniversary, Portland is treated to one of the most colorful and engaging art shows of the summer.
It’s a jungle in there
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 03, 2012
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55 things to do before Labor Day

You call yourself a Rhode Islander?
What are you waiting for? Get to it!!
By JESSE PAPINEAU AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 27, 2012
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Poetic disobedience at AS220

"We, the artists & intellectuals, famous & unknown. We, mud people, snake people, tar people. We, bohemians walking on millennial thin ice; our bodies pierced, tattooed, martyred, scarred; our skin covered with hieroglyphs & flaming question
Art Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 27, 2012


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Salt students peek just around the corner

Sometimes a painting can only take you so far.
Looking into new worlds
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 29, 2012
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At the Museum of Fine Art

Art criticism.
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  June 22, 2012
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Review: Portrait of Wally

Somewhere in the slog of Andrew Shea's Portrait of Wally is a devastating story of institutionalized extortion and its victims.
Institutionalized extortion
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012
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Local artist contemplates the Arab Spring

Alina Gallo, a MECA MFA alumna with an academic background in writing and literature, is the artist behind "Rising," a modestly sized but stimulating collection of interpretive works — call them studies — that re-envision intersections of Western and Isl
Breaking the yolk of tradition
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 22, 2012
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Markham Starr’s ‘In History’s Wake’; and Linda Nagaoka

Living here near the coast, commercial fishing is never far away, but it can seem otherworldly, like an old romantic myth that surprisingly turns out to still be true.
The seafaring life
By GREG COOK  |  June 08, 2012


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Meeting ‘Strangers’ at Fryeburg’s Pace Galleries

Fittingly set in Fryeburg Academy's still relatively unknown Pace Galleries — a lovely showroom built on the annex of the school's Performing Arts Center in 2009 — "Strangers and Others" is a complex, mysterious, and densely packed assembly of figurati
The facts of figures
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 01, 2012
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The ‘2012 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition’

The star, literally, of the "2012 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition," the school's annual showcase of its graduating graduate student talent at the Rhode Island Convention Center is James Franco.
Stars on parade
By GREG COOK  |  May 25, 2012
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Slideshow: Recent works by Alex Lukas at Steven Zevitas Gallery

Recent work by Alex Lukas are on display at Steven Zevitas Gallery from April 19 to June 2, 2012.
From April 19–June 2, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 18, 2012
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Printmaking continues to matter

Essential to printmaking, and non-digital photography, is the frustrating, annoying time lapse between the creation of the matrix and the final image.
Paper, ink, and pressure
By BRITTA KONAU  |  May 18, 2012
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The McMillans’ video installatons are open to interpretation

Megan and Murray McMillan's videos unfold with dream logic.
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By GREG COOK  |  May 11, 2012


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Emily Nelligan inspires at Bowdoin

My friend the late Sidney Tillim has been much on my mind in recent weeks.
Seriously committed
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 11, 2012
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Daria Tessler at Craftland; AS220’s ‘Delicate Shudder’

The realm of Daria Tessler's "In the Realm of the Seedkeepers," an exhibit of drawings at Craftland, seems to be an often hushed, mystical place.
‘Realm’ of wonder
By GREG COOK  |  May 04, 2012
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Making the RISD Museum sizzle

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum is one of New England's — and America's — most underappreciated and underperforming cultural treasures.
Can new director John W. Smith polish Providence's hidden gem?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 04, 2012
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A contemporary artist shows one way forward

There are many different ways to talk about Lesley Vance's paintings, yet we don't really have the right words yet.
Painting past and future
By BRITTA KONAU  |  April 20, 2012