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The Seeker

Salvatore Mancini has photographed factories along the Blackstone River Valley to record a local history of the Industrial Revolution.
 Salvatore Mancini’s quest for elemental connections
By GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2010
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Majestic mysteries

Though your brain knows better, you can’t help getting the feeling that the moon sitting in the RISD Museum’s Farago Gallery has floated down from space.
Intriguing installations by Lowe, Elson, and Younger
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 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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Random stuff

If you were going to create a portrait of the Internet, what would it look like?
Versteeg’s ‘In advance of Another Thing,’ ‘Sitings 2010’ at RISD
By GREG COOK  |  April 30, 2010
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Open to interpretation

For decades, abstraction dominated avant-garde discourse, as painters worked to break art down to its basic elements, stripping away more and more of what seemed necessary to a painting, and then stripping away even more.
‘Abstraction in Providence’ at RIC’s Bannister Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 02, 2010
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Ravishing beauty

The wreckage at the end of Modernist art's main thrust is the starting point for "Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line," a four-decade retrospective of the New Yorker's drawings at the RISD Museum.
‘Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line’ at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2010


Border patrol

Good stuff from Woonsocket to Newport
Off the Couch
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 12, 2010

Political pig pile

For some time now, we at Casa Diablo have been aware of what is either a heinous conspiracy involving the timing of local news revelations or just another unfair law of nature.
Kennedy sets off a free-for-all; bad news for Loughlin and Dennigan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 19, 2010

5 Traverse is shutting its doors

Last week 5 Traverse gallery announced that it was closing.
Adventurous art is getting harder to find in Providence
By GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2010
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How birds got their songs

Wakinyan RedShirt has made three films in his life: Lego Star Wars , Bionicle Heroes , and The Wolf Show . But perhaps his greatest flick, he says, is his latest.
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By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 05, 2010
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The ‘business’ of art

You could be forgiven if you sometimes thought that corporations are the root of what's wrong with the United States.
Carey Young’s ‘Uncertain Contracts’ at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  January 01, 2010


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2009: Worth another look

The lousy economy hit home this year as Stairwell Gallery in Providence and Yes Gallery in Warren closed their doors.
The gallery highlights of 2009
By GREG COOK  |  December 25, 2009
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Lasting impressions

The Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries didn't become known as the European age of rebirth for nothing.
RISD’s ‘The Brilliant Line’ details the history of engraving
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 18, 2009
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Take a look

A year ago the future looked bright as the RISD Museum debuted its shiny new Chace Center.
New spaces and fresh faces
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009
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Dark and light sides of pleasure

"I want to create a place where people can take a little vacation from reality," Brooklyn artist Kirsten Hassenfeld has said. "I'm interested in going to a place where there is no want, only endless plenty." In "Recent Sculpture," her exhibit at Brown Un
Kirsten Hassenfeld's place of "endless plenty" at Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2009


Short-sighted?

There may, in the end, be no way to save the American metropolitan newspaper. Plummeting advertising revenue and competition from the Internet often seem forces too daunting for even the savviest of publishers.
The Projo 's ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 28, 2009

RISD's hope-less situation

On August 3 it was announced by the Rhode Island School of Design that Hope Alswang had resigned as the director of the RISD Museum. Those who have followed the coverage of this story may be somewhat confused by the revelation that absolutely everyone
Outrage over the Alswang 'Resignation.' Plus, too many sad passings
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 14, 2009
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Artful dodger

Phillipe and Jorge are quite disappointed to see that the Rhode Island School of Design Museum will be closing for the month of August, largely due to its endowment being down due to the economic recession.
Keep the RISD Museum open in August! Plus, the weirdness on C Street.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 17, 2009
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Summer buffet

"Nature/Artifice" at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through February 2010) feels summery, but it's not like lite beach reading. I think it has to do with the one-room show's crisp, fresh feel and the platform full of flip-flops.
'Nature/Artifice' at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  July 10, 2009
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Slideshow: Marcel Breuer at RISD

The RISD Museum presents "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture," a major retrospective of the late Bauhaus designer's furniture and buildings, through July 19.
"Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture" at RISD Museum through July 19
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 01, 2009


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Ticket to ride

Raphael Lyon tells me a story about "Sound and Light," his collaborative installation with Baltimore's Peter Blasser at Stairwell Gallery
Lyon and Blasser's 'Sound and Light'
By GREG COOK  |  April 24, 2009
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The Chair Man

It is one of the icons of 20th-century design. What distinguishes Marcel Breuer's B34 armchair from 1928 is its materials (fabric seats slung between steel tubing) and the lack of rear legs.
A major Breuer retrospective opens at RISD
By GREG COOK  |  April 17, 2009
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One shining moment

Fairhaven won a tight race at the 2009 WBRU Rock Hunt Finals at Lupo's on April 4.
Fairhaven grab the brass ring at the 'BRU rock hunt
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 10, 2009
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Lows, highs, and middles

Yousuf Karsh is one of the giants of portrait photography.
A mixed bag at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009
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A Visual Buffet

The RISD Museum offers work by more than 175 staffers in its "RISD Biennial Faculty Exhibition 2009."
A visual buffet sampling RISD's faculty; Laska and Kupferschmidt at Stairwell.
By GREG COOK  |  February 25, 2009


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Worth another look

In 2008, real estate and jobs dominated local art news.
Intriguing views of a warped world
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2008

Off the Couch: Get Cozy


Cool Collective at RISD's Chace Center
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 10, 2008

Men for all seasons

It looks like the Urinal may not have spell-check or editors anymore, judging from the scant review it appears recent headlines and copy have been given by those writing letters to the editor.
Op-ed gems discovered in the incredible shrinking Other Paper
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 03, 2008
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Culture crunch

"Since the market crash," says Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, "we've watched our ticket sales, which had been doing well, hit a wall. Almost like a cartoon animal — splat. Then we started pushing the discoun
From Trinity Rep to Festival Ballet to Gallery Z, the creative community strives to overcome economic challenges
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2008