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Sign painter: Los Angeles painter Ed Ruscha

There's no denying that Los Angeles painter Ed Ruscha is one of the preeminent artists of the past half-century. But do I have to like him?

By GREG COOK  |  March 22, 2013
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Painting beyond the stretcher at the deCordova

"Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher" at the deCordova is a smart, sinewy examination of 18 artists who make "painting-as-sculpture and vice versa."

By GREG COOK  |  February 15, 2013
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Natasha Mayers’s wide-ranging vision

For outspoken artist and activist Natasha Mayers, art, politics, and life are seamlessly interconnected for mutual benefit.
Postcards from the conscience
By BRITTA KONAU  |  February 15, 2013
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Black female power: Mickalene Thomas's paintings

Mickalene Thomas's paintings teleport us to a black-is-beautiful American 1960s and '70s.

By GREG COOK  |  January 11, 2013
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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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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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Review: Double Trouble

David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
Inept martial arts comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 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
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God listens to Santorum's speech

The Almighty follows the progress of the GOP candidates.
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 16, 2012
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Portrait of Hitler as a young man

What if Hitler had continued his art career?
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By KARL STEVENS  |  January 20, 2012


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Review: The Mill and the Cross

Clever CGI allows the effective recreation of a 16th century Flanders.
Conceptually confusing
By GERALD PEARY  |  October 21, 2011
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'Degas and the Nude' at MFA

A splendid survey of a modern master as well as girls, girls, girls.
Baby got back
By GREG COOK  |  October 14, 2011
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Starving artists-in-training

They're probably all cartoonists, now.
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 09, 2011
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Photos: Swoon Art Wall at the ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Art hosts a long-term art wall installation by Swoon, a.ka. Caledonia Curry.
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By JOEL VEAK  |  September 02, 2011
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Painting – and video – of the American landscape

"Painting the American Vision" — 45 rapturous paintings from the New York Historical Society — surveys the Hudson River School painters, dubbed for the upstate New York river where they spent their summers prospecting for sights to transform into ravish
Manifest destiny
By GREG COOK  |  August 05, 2011


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Slideshow: ''Painting the American Vision'' at the Peabody Essex; ''Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video'' at the Currier Museum of Art

This slideshow of images from "Painting the American Vision" at the  Peabody Essex Museum  and "Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video" at the  Currier Museum of Art  accompanies Greg Cook's review of both exhibits, "Painting — and video — of the American lan
"Painting the American Vision": Though Nov 6, 2011 | "Shifting Terrain": Through Sep 18, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 05, 2011
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Review: Kovac's ''Comfortable Distance'; Kurt's ''Sex Objects''

In Delia Kovac's painting Semi Self-Portrait As a Ski Mask , the eyes stare out of the cartooned mask doleful and maybe a bit bonkers, while the mouth hole is empty.
Covered up, stripped down
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2011
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Painter and sculptor converse at CMCA

Paintings by Elizabeth Cashin McMillen and sculptures by Duane Paluska currently share the main gallery at the Center for Maine Contemporary in Rockport.
An unlikely pairing
By BRITTA KONAU  |  June 10, 2011
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Louise Marianetti at Bert Gallery; plus, Brian Knep at RISD

The starched woman in Louise Marianetti's 1942 painting holds a copy of the libretto to Verdi's Aida . Her blonde ringlets are decorated with flowers, a pair of blue birds, and a veil. But what sticks with you how she stares with her eerie blue eyes.
Into the mystic
By GREG COOK  |  February 04, 2011
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Review: ''American Gothic'' painter Grant Wood gets to leave the closet

Who was Grant Wood? Millions of Americans know him as the artist who painted American Gothic — and that's about it. But since his death, from pancreatic cancer, in 1942, he's become the poster boy for the right and the whipping boy of the left.
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 07, 2011


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Review: It's no joke: Grant Wood is truly a great artist

Even if the name isn't instantly familiar, the painting will be. You've seen it on billboards, on magazine covers from Mad to Time , in Charles Addams cartoons, on Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live.
America's best-kept secret?
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 01, 2011
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Review: Roustan at AS220; and 'Seeing Through Lines'

Paul Roustan is a virtuoso painter of odd subjects. Namely, the Pawtucket artist airbrushes makeup directly onto the naked bodies of fit models, which he presents in photographs.
Objects and abstracts
By GREG COOK  |  December 10, 2010
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Review: Bangor artist Kenny Cole lights the 'Hellfire' at SPACE Gallery

"The Hellfire Story" is a tough pill to swallow.
When there's smoke
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 26, 2010
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Slideshow: Yamile Pardo and Edel Bordon at Galeria Cubana

Husband and wife Edel Bordon and Yamile Pardo showcase their artwork at Galeria Cubana through December 12, 2010.
Yamile Pardo and Edel Bordon | Galeria Cubana | Through December 12, 2010
By YAMILE PARDO AND EDEL BORDON  |  November 19, 2010
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Review: Patrick Corrigan's dueling creations at Gallery 37-A

It's probably safe to say Patrick Corrigan went through a surrealist phase.
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By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 08, 2010


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Peter Max's pop life

Peter Max rocketed to fame as one of the iconic psychedelic artists of the late '60s.
The artist on fame, Andy Warhol, and the 'complete freedom' of his expression
By GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2010
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Unholy contraptions

In Tavares Strachan's video The Rocket Launch (2009), two black men in white chemical suits load sugar cane into the back of a three-wheeled mini-truck, then drive down a palm-tree-lined road to a run-down building labeled Bahamas Aerospace and Sea Exp
Tavares Strachan's rockets, plus 'The Boat Show' at Drive By, and 'Sensed, Unseen' at GASP
By GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2010
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Review: Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

Picasso seems to have done so, though preferring Chaplin slapstick and cowboy silents to artsy fare, and biographers place him at several screenings of Lumière shorts.
Linking movies and Cubist painting
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 25, 2010
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Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010