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Review: The Addison Gallery returns

Closed for two years of renovation and expansion, the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy reopened this past Tuesday with "Inside, Outside, Upstairs, Downstairs: The Addison Anew," nearly 400 greatest hits from its great collection.
Welcome back
By GREG COOK  |  September 10, 2010
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Greasing the skids

Things could have been different for Ben Maitland-Lewis.
Berklee grad Ben Maitland-Lewis had a successful music career and a high-powered job at a major record label. Then he gave it all up for Boston and a beat-up, vegetable-oil-fueled van.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 26, 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
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MFA neglects to award prize for neglected female artists

In 1993, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, friends of prominent Cambridge artist Maud Morgan donated funds to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to establish a prize in her name. (She died six years later.) The Maud Morgan Purchase Prize would celebrate u
Missing Maud Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009
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Brandeis shutters art museum

Late Monday afternoon, Brandeis University informed leaders of its Rose Art Museum that it would close the institution this summer and auction off the more than 6000 pieces in its renowned collection, which includes major works by Andy Warhol, Robert R
Bloom off the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  January 28, 2009
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Road trips

In the fall of 1883, Isabella Stewart Gardner — more than a decade before she would develop her museum on Boston’s Fenway — traveled to China.
Luisa does Isabella in China, Gohlke does America
By GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2008


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Return to the edge of the world

Photography and new media loom large on the horizon in 2007, with cameras pointed in every direction.
The year ahead in art
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  December 27, 2006
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Origin of species

When in 1976 Jennifer Bartlett premiered her epic painting Rhapsody, John Russell, the chief art critic of the New York Times, proclaimed it “the most ambitious single work of art that has come my way since I started to live in New York." “Jennifer Bar
Jennifer Bartlett’s breakthrough masterpiece and photographers of the future  
By GREG COOK  |  October 18, 2006
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Beyond dollars and square feet

When the Institute of Contemporary Art revealed specifics of the first 11 acquisitions for its permanent collection a month ago, I watched with particular interest.
How will museum expansion in Massachusetts affect the way we see — and talk about — art?
By GREG COOK  |  April 05, 2006
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The right profile

Contemporary African-American artists have taken on issues of race and American identity in a wealth of ways, from Kara Walker’s provocative silhouette narratives to Fred Wilson’s discomforting black "collectibles" to William Pope
  African-Americans in Andover, nudes in Winchester, sunglasses and cellphones in Essex
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 17, 2006