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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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Lighting history

On January 1, 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner invited 300 guests to a private concert by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the opening of her new museum on the Fenway. After performances of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, the mirrored door
The Gardner Museum takes a chance on the new
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2010
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Half-century

The big 50th-anniversary exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art has only about a month left of its eight-month run, so it seems like a good time to revisit this sprawling and worthwhile show.
Highlights of Colby's collection
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 29, 2010
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2009: The year in Art

The year started off with a kick in the teeth when, in January, Brandeis University announced plans to shutter its Rose Art Museum and sell off its masterpieces.
Saints, sinners, paint
By GREG COOK  |  December 25, 2009

Play by play: September 4, 2009

Boston's weekly theater guide
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 04, 2009
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More than a feeling

The centerpiece of the Museum of Fine Arts' "Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs" is Candice Breitz's 2005 Queen (A Portrait of Madonna), a wall of 30 televisions, each showing a different Madonna fan singing a cappella to her 1990 greatest-hits compilat
Music inspires art at the MFA, Panopticon, and the Gardner
By GREG COOK  |  July 24, 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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Maritime after time

There's no question about the Peabody Essex Museum's unwavering love of all things nautical. How many other museums employ a curator of maritime art and history (in this case, Daniel Finamore)?
Dutch seascapes at the Peabody Essex
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  June 05, 2009
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Whodunit?

Myles Connor: Mayflower descendant, Mensa member, master of disguise, black belt in karate, self-styled "President of Rock 'n' Roll." And probably the most notorious art thief in the history of the United States.
Art thief Myles Connor talks
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 18, 2009
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Arresting Shepard Fairey

A cynic might argue that anything that publicizes art is a good thing. Art, after all, challenges how you think — provokes thoughts, insights, emotions that otherwise might not be stirred. It also can amuse and entertain.
It's about small minds, revenge, and embarrassing the mayor
By EDITORIAL  |  February 11, 2009
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Robert Crumb at MassArt

R. Crumb's Underground at MassArt
The beast in me
By GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2009


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Luckey in Amsterdam

Simply, there’s no more prestigious place for a documentary to debut than IDFA, rightly regarded as the very best documentary festival in the world.
Paralyzing hopelessness at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam
By GERALD PERRY  |  December 05, 2008
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Letter from London

How could you not fall in love with this city?
The foggy joys of Europe’s most international city
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 05, 2008
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(Probably) high society

The warm bodies and conversational hum provide séance juice for the ghostly presence of the mansion’s namesake.
'After Hours' at the Gardner Museum
By MATT PARISH  |  August 05, 2008
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Visions of isolation

In Edward Hopper’s world, everyone is lost in an unending rut of office overtime, rattling El trains, cheap fluorescent diners, and bad dates.
Edward Hopper's master works at the MFA
By GREG COOK  |  May 02, 2007
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Time pieces

What a place in St. Petersburg: 1000 palatial rooms and 3,000,000 art objects, paradise on earth.
The Hermitage Dwellers , Terry Gilliam
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 06, 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