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Cinematic excess

Eight years after its completion, The Cremaster Cycle , Matthew Barney's interminable multi-media opus, continues to befuddle and intrigue audiences.
Matthew Barney's seven-hour Cremaster Cycle descends in the Portland Museum of Art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 12, 2010
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Stuff and nonsense

Despite millions in production design, Peter Strietman's splendid photography, and some witty if trance-inducing music by Jonathan Bepler, the six and a half hours of Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle is sheer movie tedium, inert and unmoving, broken u
Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle returns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 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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Vampire Weekend | Contra

There are a few words I did not expect to use in describing Vampire Weekend's second album. Paul-Simony-er is one of them.
XL (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 08, 2010
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Altered states

Talking drugs, Zen, and painting with art critic Ken Johnson
Talking drugs, Zen, and painting with art critic Ken Johnson
By IAN PAIGE  |  March 04, 2009
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Forceful feelings

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was one of the greatest sculptors in history.
Rodin's solidity has staying power
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 04, 2009


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Beauty and the East

Gallery-goers with an affinity for art from Asia will have plenty of reason for excitement with a handful of enticing shows this winter.
Boston-area art spaces look to Asia this winter
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 29, 2008
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Richard Serra: Thinking on Your Feet

Tappeiner smartly demonstrates how Serra turns the experience of the viewers into his subject matter.  
A smart, attentive documentary
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 28, 2008
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It’s about time . . .

It’s been 17 years since Boston’s last local festival of contemporary music, the New Music Harvest organized by composer Charles Fussell: 19 programs (several free), a celebration of composer Ned Rorem, an opera production performed by BU students, and t
The Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music starts in Boston
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 25, 2008
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Cape light

Pinpricks and irregular streaks of light illuminate a circular orb that might be the moon, or a partly peeled orange in each of Judith Larsen’s series of photographic works called “Phasing and Solon."
‘Light And Artifice’ at The Schoolhouse Gallery; ‘What Is Big?’ at Brickbottom; ‘Birds Do It’ at Montserrat
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 02, 2008
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Not a girl who misses much

Sound is all around: pop music acts as a hair trigger for memory.
Sound and video at MIT, “Eyewitness” at Axiom, Carolee Schneemann at Pierre Menard, and Kaspar König at the Sackler
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 01, 2007


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Sticking it to the man

In 1969, Harvard University students rallied to support the creation of a black-studies program and protest the Vietnam War, the presence of ROTC on campus, and the university’s expansion into surrounding communities.
Five centuries of protest art at Harvard
By BY GREG COOK  |  January 02, 2007
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Say it loud

Unrest is in the crisp fall air as Election Day 2006 rolls around, and examples of artists who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore abound.
‘Dissent!’ at Harvard, ‘Media Machines’ at Tufts, ‘Fashion Show’ at the MFA, and Michael Smith at MIT
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 31, 2006
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Fight the power

Art mixes it up with history and politics, peers closely at electronic surveillance, worries about its own usefulness, traipses down the fashion runway, and brings cool stuff back from China and Puerto Rico in exhibitions opening this fall.
Artists protest war, scrutinize surveillance, explore usefulness, and embrace couture  
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 13, 2006