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Maximum pleasure

Ann Beattie emerged in the 1970s in the pages of the New Yorker with a cast of post-grad characters who smoked pot, bummed around, fell in and out of relationships, and faced the world with a shrug and the latest rock and roll on the stereo.
Ann Beattie hasn’t been sleeping
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010
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‘Wonderful Wickenden Street’ crumbles

At the end of Wickenden Street, just off the roadway, construction equipment stood guard over piles of steel and rubble: remnants of an old Route 195 overpass taken down over the last month or so as part of a larger effort to shift the highway.
Art Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 12, 2010
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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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Retro for fall

Leaves are turning, roads aren't crowded; it's time to look ahead for interest in the fall art season.
Major artists of Maine's past go on display
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 18, 2009
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States of the art

In New England, where you can't swing a sack of cranberries without hitting a venerable cultural institution, anyone with access to a car (or even a subway pass) can scope out these topnotch art museums.
New England museums worth traveling for
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 12, 2009
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Brave new RISD

The Rhode Island School of Design, for all its artful ambition, is a conservative place. Students draw. They mold clay. They are awash in taxidermy. So there was more than a little anxiety when John Maeda — sneaker designer, MIT professor, digital media
After a year at the helm, president John Maeda is balancing broad shifts in the worlds of art, design, and business
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 29, 2009


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Familiar paths

Terry Hilt's show of watercolors at Aucocisco provides an opportunity to consider the role of modernism in today's art.
Terry Hilt sheds new light on Maine's coast
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 18, 2009
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Rant: We need more artists!

There's just not enough art to festoon all the walls in all the coffee/sandwich/burrito/gelato/bagel/pizza/frogurt shops in this great art-loving, snack-loving city of ours.
Some people say we need more doctors, more teachers, more engineers. Fools.
By DAVID KISH  |  February 25, 2009
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Adam and Eve

A day at New York City Ballet that starts with a matinee of Coppélia and ends with a Balanchine evening might seem to offer merely the contrast between classic and modern, old and new.
It's boy-meets-girl at New York City Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 13, 2009
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Day by day

Everyone has their own Marsden Hartley. That happens with great painters, and Hartley was one of the greatest of 20th-century American artists.
A new film examines Marsden Hartley’s life
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 29, 2008
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New discoveries

The show presents works by artists that influenced the Impressionists and artists who were, in turn, influenced by this most powerful of artistic movements.  
What the Impressionists can still teach us
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 02, 2008


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Power + glory

The work of George Bellows has a peculiarly American brashness about it.
The peculiar American brashness of George Bellows
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  April 30, 2008
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Senses come alive

Are Jay-Z’s synapses wired to express supreme confidence?
Did art prove science before science did?
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 13, 2008
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Accept no imitations

The nature of art requires that you see the real works. Reproductions will not do.
See genuine masterpieces — not reproductions — at the Portland Museum of Art
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 31, 2007

Union-buster

Did anyone actually watch Bush do his State of the Union song and dance on Tuesday evening?
What will the Decider step in next?  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 24, 2007
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Looking back

The advantage of being a teaching museum is on full display at the Rhode Island School of Design in the exhibition “Re-Viewing the Twentieth Century.”
A “Re-View” of the last 100 years at RISD
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 02, 2007


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Strong, silent type

A mirror as well as a shadow, Piero is Renaissance Italy’s international artist of mystery, by turns painful and rejoicing, always involuntary.
Piero della Francesca, Italy’s international artist of mystery
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 30, 2006
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Bookworms

“Under Cover” is one of those lucid, edifying shows the Harvard museums excel at.
Sketchbooks at Harvard, dead bird at the Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  August 28, 2006
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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
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Alternative victory

Each year, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies holds an editorial contest among its 120-some member papers and announces the winners at the organization’s annual convention; this year the Boston Phoenix took home two prizes.
Good for us
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  June 21, 2006
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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


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Facets of brilliance

The current show in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s special-exhibition room, “Bellini and the East,” is another flickering jewel in the Gardner’s crown.
Bellini at the Gardner, Cubism at the MFA
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 12, 2006