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Scavenged sculpture and Dead Sea scrolls: 10 heady spring exhibits blooming in New England galleries

In Barry McGee's art, you'll find traces of influences lifted from thrift stores, tramp art, skating, punk, surfing, and Bay Area murals and psychedelia.

By GREG COOK  |  March 01, 2013
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Battle lines: ''The Invention of Glory'' at the Peabody Essex Museum

Afonso V's conquests were an opening salvo in Europe's age of exploration and exploitation, "one of the first outward movements of the Portuguese empire that 50 years later is all the way to China," says curator Karina Corrigan of the Peabody Essex Muse

By GREG COOK  |  November 02, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Ansel Adams at the Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum exhibitis photography by Ansel Adams from June 9, 2012 through October 8, 2012.
"At the water's edge" | June 9, 2012 – October 8, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 15, 2012
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P.E.M. misses Ansel Adams's big picture

In the last gallery of "Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge" (at the Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, through October 8 on their site) hang three impressively giant photographs.
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By GREG COOK  |  June 15, 2012
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An avalanche of summer art exhibits

While New England winters are often cause to forget certain colors even exist, summer around here is easily the best season for mind expansion.
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By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 08, 2012
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Photos: ''The Mind's Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann'' at the Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum hosts "The Mind's Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann" through May 13, 2012.
On display through May 13, 2012
By JERRY UELSMANN  |  March 02, 2012


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Jerry Uelsmann hallucinates for you

Jerry Uelsmann's photos are like hallucinations.
Darkroom magic
By GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2012
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Portraiture dominates Boston gallery exhibits this spring

"I figured," Alex Katz said of his paintings of his wife Ada in 1969, "well, if I get Ada right, if you only get one person right— if you get a woman or a man right — it's universal."
Photo shops
By GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2012
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Boston arts institutions flexed their muscles in 2011

The following rundown of the best art exhibits of 2011 shows how greater Boston is now consistently offering some of the richest institutional art exhibition programs in the country.
Boom town!
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 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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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


In the triumphant 6/17 issue: Best Music Poll victors, Oxy Morons, and Teflon Deval on a winning streak

In the triumphant 6/17 issue: Best Music Poll victors, Oxy Morons, and Teflon Deval on a winning streak


It's been one hell of week for Boston -- a Stanley cup victory, a parade that drew over a million people. So, too, has it...
By Kevin Sviokla  |  June 20, 2011
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Man Ray and Lee Miller at the Peabody Essex Museum

"Man Ray | Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism," organized by curator Phillip Prodger at the Peabody Essex Museum, is an impressive exhibit of 76 photos, paintings, sculptures, and letters that came out of their steamy three-year affair, plus art by their
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By GREG COOK  |  June 17, 2011
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Art lovers


Buñuel and Dalí weren't the only Surrealists whose short-lived partnership belies the big impact of their work on the art world. Opening on June 11...
By Scott Kearnan  |  June 13, 2011
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Photos: Golden: Dutch and Flemish masterworks

The Van Otterloo collection at the Peabody Essex Museum
 Peabody Essex Museum | East India Square, Salem | Through June 19
By PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM  |  March 04, 2011
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The Van Otterloo collection at the Peabody Essex Museum

Some years back, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo began collecting horse carriages, until they completely filled their New Hampshire barn.
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By GREG COOK  |  March 04, 2011


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The Van Otterloo collection at the Peabody Essex Museum

Some years back, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo began collecting horse carriages, until they completely filled their New Hampshire barn.
Solid gold
By GREG COOK  |  March 04, 2011
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Winter Art Preview: Interiors and exteriors

During the icy months of the gray heart of the Boston winter, art offers a chance for you to travel to the balmy South Seas and, via a brainy conceptual artist, the streets of Mexico City. Winter shows also offer a chance to travel through history, from
Gorey's "Enigmas," La Farge's Tahiti, Fig's studios, Perry Welty's voicemail
By GREG COOK  |  December 31, 2010
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Top 10 New England Art Exhibits of 2010

Art – and art spaces — of all sizes
Art – and art spaces — of all sizes
By GREG COOK  |  December 24, 2010
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An Emperor's heaven on earth

Salem's Peabody Essex Museum has pulled off the curatorial coup of the year with "The Emperor's Private Paradise," which reveals to the public for the first time 90 "treasures from the Forbidden City," the Chinese imperial palace in Beijing.
The Peabody Essex Museum scores a curatorial coup
By GREG COOK  |  September 24, 2010
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Slideshow: Treasures from the Forbidden City

The Emperor's Private Paradise at the Peabody Essex Museum, now through January 9, 2011
The Emperor's Private Paradise at the Peabody Essex Museum, now through January 9, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 24, 2010


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Tracking time

The tracks run side by side across cracked, dried mud. But this black-and-white photo by Mark Ruwedel is deceptive.
Mark Ruwedel at PEM, Jerome Liebling at the Currier
By GREG COOK  |  August 06, 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
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After images

Karen Finley won’t be naked, or covered in chocolate. Candied yams will not be involved. If there are neighborhood morality-watch squads in Salem, they’ll have the night off.
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By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 28, 2010
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Slideshow: The Maya And The Mythic Sea at Peabody Essex Museum

Mayan works of art at the “Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea,” exhibit
“Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea,” Peabody Essex Museum through July 18  
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 21, 2010
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Power plays

Some weeks back, I got to listen to Brown University archæology professor Stephen Houston pronounce the throaty, staccato sounds of Maya hieroglyphs carved across a six-foot-wide limestone panel.
The Maya and the Kennedys at the Peabody Essex
By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010


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Photos: 'The Kennedys' at Peabody Essex Museum

Photographs of JFK and his family 
"The Kennedys” exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, through July 18
By RICHARD AVEDON  |  May 21, 2010
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Tall stories

The Institute of Contemporary Art gets down and dirty this spring with Mexican artist Jerónimo López Ramírez, who's better known as DR. LAKRA — or, as they might say in his home of Oaxaca, "Dr. Delinquent."
Puppets, painted poetry, and the Kennedys
By GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2010
On the Watch

On the Watch


Look, we know that no matter how sincere your intentions and bleeding your heart, staying on top of complex international events is a daunting task....
By Scott Kearnan  |  January 11, 2010
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Modern times

Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
By GREG COOK  |  January 08, 2010