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Girl's life

It's hard being a girl.

By GREG COOK  |  October 05, 2012
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Too much of a good thing in museums and galleries this Spring

This spring brings major exhibits by three of the biggest names in contemporary art.
Big Three plus
By GREG COOK  |  March 18, 2011
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Fall Art Preview: Heavy construction

Over the past decade, museum building has boomed across the region.
Boston museums take off their hard hats
By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2010
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New directions

Listen carefully: is the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University throwing down the gauntlet? "I'm interested in bringing more documentary into the PRC," says Glenn Ruga, who became executive director in February.
Docu vs. deadpan at the PRC, and new painting at BU's 808
By GREG COOK  |  July 16, 2010
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Photos: Documenting the Global Recession at the Photographic Resource Center

"Crisis & Opportunity" at the Photographic Resource Center
"Crisis & Opportunity," now at the Photographic Resource Center through August 1, 2010.
By PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOURCE CENTER  |  July 16, 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


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Works in progress

Back in October, Minnesota photographer Alec Soth spoke at MassArt. "Facebook: 15 billion uploaded photos," he said. "At its busiest, 550,000 images each second being uploaded. So I've been struggling with that. How do I function as a photographer in th
Photography after Facebook at the PRC, 'Boston Does Boston III' at Proof, and Taro Shinoda at Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2010
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Breakthroughs

Tufts University Art Gallery's "Sixth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition" is one of those summer sampler shows that's got about a million people in it.
Summer round-ups at Tufts and Montserrat
By GREG COOK  |  July 10, 2009
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Water world

What's the difference between art photography and fashion photography? That's the question I kept wondering about at Joni Sternbach's "SurfLand" exhibition at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
Surfing photos in Salem, new talent at PRC
By GREG COOK  |  June 12, 2009
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Photos: 14th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition

Photos from the 14th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition, on display until June 28, 2009
On display at the Photographic Resource Center until June 28, 2009
By PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOURCE CENTER  |  June 12, 2009
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Our digital landscape

The installation Children of Arcadia convinced me that the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival isn’t going to suck.
The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Fest
By GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2009


Our digital landscape

The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Fest
The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Fest
By GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2009
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If you’re anything like us, some days may see you spending half your waking hours staring at one screen or another — typing your way toward a case of carpal tunnel at work, texting your updated ETA while traveling the T, and twittering way too much information to friends before collapsing in front of the TiVo at night. So it’s nice to know that all that screen time can inspire more than just eyestrain. In Syntax, an exhibit staged as part of the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival, eight artists interrogate the language of digital information, creating works that are right at home in an age in which pixels and digital data have replaced daubs of paint and celluloid still frames as the major modes of visual representation. Mark Stock, an aerospace engineer and artist who lives in Newton,
By Jacqueline Houton  |  March 23, 2009

Lost in translation

Spring can't come soon enough, since it'll be bringing with it some engaging museum shows in and around Boston.
Digital language and Mexican modernism mark the season
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 12, 2009
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Digital language at the PRC

How important would you say Ansel Adams is to the modern trends of digital art? If your first inclination is to answer, "Not at all," you're probably right.
"Syntax," at Boston University's Photographic Resource Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  March 11, 2009
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Noir film

Fatalism and depression are consequences of life, not goals. Cheer up and don't let this dust-to-dust business slow you down.
Jerry Berndt and Eugene Richards: The inescapable romance of decay
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 03, 2009


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Year in Art: Beyond the gloom

The Boston art scene felt muted for much of 2008, with 10 galleries closing and the death of two local icons: Harriet Casdin-Silver and Jules Aarons.
Continuing cheer in dark times
By GREG COOK  |  December 22, 2008
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Exposures

In "Karsh 100: A Biography in Images," which is now up at the Museum of Fine Arts, his iconic shots of Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, and Ernest Hemingway are defining portraits of the men in all their crusty manliness.
Photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
By GREG COOK  |  November 10, 2008
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Photos: Exposures

A slideshow of photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
A slideshow of photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
By BOSTON PHOENIX WEB STAFF  |  November 10, 2008
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Chan we can believe in

If you’ve visited the Institute of Contemporary Art at any point in the last few years — in either of its physical incarnations — there’s a good chance you’ve seen Paul Chan’s work.  
Paul Chan at the Carpenter Center, ‘Keeping Time’ at the PRC, Julia Hechtman at Artists Foundation, Inaugural Exhibition at Walker Contemporary
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  October 29, 2008
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Fringe festival

Off the beaten path, the fringes of Boston's gallery scene are seeing new development, and even expansion.
Galleries off the beaten path
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2008


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Toy stories

Tokyo photographer Noaki Honjo turns Japanese metropolises into adorable li’l things.
In the galleries, artists keep their distance
By GREG COOK  |  May 28, 2008
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Journey to the surface of the Earth

Looking at the landscape brings out the artist in everyone.
Landscape anew at Mass MoCA, ‘Exposure’ at the PRC, Dana Clancy at the Danforth, and grouped figures at GASP
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 13, 2008
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Trying to place it

The stubbornly beautiful New England landscape has inspired poets as varied as Emily Dickinson and Donald Hall.
“New England Survey” at the PRC, American Mobility at Gasp, 18th-Century Porcelain at the Busch-Reisinger, and Viktor Schreckengost in Attleboro
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 18, 2008
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Naughty by nature

Landscape has inspired artists as varied as the romantic 19th-century Hudson River School painters and the macho 20th-century Earth Artists.
Spring Arts Preview: Landscape, road trips, weddings, and Spain
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 10, 2008
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Time is on my side

We tend to take the passage of time for granted, reconciling such disparate experiences as 10 minutes spent rushing through lunch and 10 minutes spent waiting for a bus.
David Claerbout at MIT, Children at the DeCordova, Kabuki Theater at the Peabody Essex, and more
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 29, 2008


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Jury’s got the verdict

Two well-judged shows light up the holiday horizon.
‘Trans’ at Atlantic Works, ‘Red’ at Cambridge Art Association, Caroline Jones and David Joselit at MIT, Ralph Gibson at BU
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  December 09, 2007
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Touch the sky

The term “polyptych” usually refers to the multi-panel paintings designed as altarpieces for churches and cathedrals in Gothic and Renaissance Europe.
Cliff Evans at the Gardner, Jim Lambie at the Mfa, ‘Ad|Agency’ at the PRC, and more
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 30, 2007
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Security blankets

The show includes Gayle Caruso’s swaddled-doll series of drawings and paintings, inspired by terra cotta votive sculptures left at gravesites to invite heavenly protection.
Caruso and MClaurin in Lawrence, “Belief in Paint” at the New Art Center, Benefit Auction Exhibition at the PRC, and Visiting Faculty at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 04, 2007
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Conversations wanted

Just what is cyberarts?
The Boston Cyberarts Festival looks for interactive
By CHRISTOPHER MILLIS  |  April 17, 2007