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Amalia Pica’s emo sculpture

"There are so many interesting things in the world, and you think, 'How am I ever going to compete with that?' " Amalia Pica said at an opening-night talk for her exhibition at MIT's List Visual Art Center.

By GREG COOK  |  February 22, 2013
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Painting beyond the stretcher at the deCordova

"Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher" at the deCordova is a smart, sinewy examination of 18 artists who make "painting-as-sculpture and vice versa."

By GREG COOK  |  February 15, 2013
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Julianne Swartz: how deep?

A wildcard around art these days is the rise of Maker culture, the tribe of hip geeks devoted to DIY tinkering, engineering, electronics, and invention.

By GREG COOK  |  November 23, 2012
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Ben Blanc’s intriguing ‘The Exchange’ at AS220

Two hundred black wood sculptures, resembling abstracted chunks of coal from some old video game, are lined up on a shelf running around the room in Ben Blanc's installation "The Exchange" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, throu
Selling an idea
By GREG COOK  |  January 20, 2012
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A new Gardner, plus landscapes, performance art, and RAD

Greater Boston's art-museum building boom continues with the debut of an expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in January.
Shapeshifting
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011
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Eva Hesse at the ICA and Tory Fair at the deCordova

Hesse's ability to imbue her art with body and blood and gravity anticipated the kinder, gentler minimalism of today's Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, and Roni Horn, as well as the fleshy fairy-tale figures of Kiki Smith. Boston sculptor Tory Fair has d
Women's work
By GREG COOK  |  July 29, 2011


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Slideshow: ''Eva Hesse Studiowork'' at the ICA; Tory Fair's ''Testing a World View (Again)'' at the deCordova

This slideshow accompanies Greg Cook's  review  of "Eva Hesse Studiowork" at the ICA through October 10, 2011, and Tory Fair's “Testing a World View (Again)" at the deCordova Sculpture Park through April 29, 2012.
"Eva Hesse Studiowork" through October 10, 2011 | ''Testing a World View (Again)'' through April 29, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 29, 2011
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The deCordova thinks about ''murals''

In "Wall Works" at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, curatorial fellow Lexi Lee Sullivan attempts to corral a trend in art today that spans graffiti and interior decoration.
Off the Wall
By GREG COOK  |  July 22, 2011
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Painter and sculptor converse at CMCA

Paintings by Elizabeth Cashin McMillen and sculptures by Duane Paluska currently share the main gallery at the Center for Maine Contemporary in Rockport.
An unlikely pairing
By BRITTA KONAU  |  June 10, 2011
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Slideshow: Andy Goldsworthy and Ursula von Rydingsvard at the DeCordova

The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum hosts two new artists' installations starting May 29, 2011: Andy Goldsworthy's "Snow" and sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard.
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum | Installations from May 29, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 03, 2011
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Touring the PMA's Biennial

The Portland Museum of Art 2011 Biennial features 65 works from 47 artists in an effort to showcase the best from today's local art scene.
The Phoenix's art writers discuss the pros and cons of the year's biggest show
By ANNIE LARMON AND NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 15, 2011


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Slideshow: 'El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa' at the Davis Museum

El Anatsui's exhibit, "When I Last Wrote to You about Africa," is at the Davis Museum from March 30 to June 12, 2011.
Davis Museum | March 30–June 12, 2011
By EL ANATSUI  |  April 08, 2011
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Review: Striking work by Torsone, Sharlin, and Udvardy

In her awesomely charming show "Mixed Messages" at Craftland (235 Westminster Street, Providence, through February 26), Providence artist Arley-Rose Torsone fills one wall with a grid of 72 letters, each hand-painted on its own square of wood.
Bold and beautiful
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2011
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Review: New work by C.W. Roelle and Nick Hollibaugh

C.W. Roelle of Providence twists black wire into dazzling optical illusion magic tricks resembling pen drawings whose lines have wandered off pages and into the air. His show "Lamp Lit" at Craftland (235 Westminster Street, Providence, through November
Wire and wood
By GREG COOK  |  November 12, 2010
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The tyranny of nice

Over the past several weeks, Mikyoung Kim's new $480,000 public art installation Horizon Garden has taken shape at southwest corner of Providence's Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.
Assessing public art in Rhode Island
By GREG COOK  |  November 05, 2010
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The tyranny of nice

Over the past several weeks, Mikyoung Kim's new $480,000 public art installation Horizon Garden has taken shape at southwest corner of Providence's Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.
Assessing public art in Rhode Island
By GREG COOK  |  November 05, 2010


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Photos: Rock & Shock 2010 Horror Convention

Attendees, vendors, and horror-themed merch on the convention show floor of the seventh annual Rock & Shock.
Rock & Shock Horror Convention | DCU Center | October 15-17, 2010
By ANDY WARE  |  October 22, 2010
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Whitewashed

Jeffrey Clancy plays with craft theory through the lens of a metalsmith working with traditional techniques and decorative motifs.
Examining Jeffrey Clancy's craft theories
By ANNIE LARMON  |  August 27, 2010

VIDEO: Artist Leo Villareal's LED light sculptures are too cool for Earth


Leo Villareal talks about his workLeo Villareal is an artist -- an artist whose art will send you down a 200-foot hallway and make you...
By Andrew Cominelli  |  August 12, 2010
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Stand-alone sketchbook

Widely considered to be one of the most influential sculptors in the formation of British and international modernism, Henry Moore (1898-1986) drew from classical traditions, surrealism, and primitivism in his obsession with capturing the female form in
Drawings illustrate Moore's varied influences
By ANNIE LARMON  |  August 06, 2010
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Out of this world

"The Great Haul" plunges from the 22-foot-high clerestory of the Portland Museum of Art's entryway, a tear-dropped fishnet that resolves just before it touches the ground.
Found objects and items rise into new life in Anna Hepler's solo show at the Portland Museum of Art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 30, 2010


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A familiar strangeness

For several years, Woonsocket sculptor Jon Laustsen has demonstrated a curious and original vision with a series of model construction sites that resembled 1/8-scale roller coasters, or perhaps the outer wall of the Providence Place Mall, or a landscap
'Voice Over' at Brown's Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2010
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Head games

One of the best artworks seen around here in recent years was Newton artist Deb Todd Wheeler's installation Live Experiments in Human Energy Exchange , at the (now defunct) Green Street Gallery in Jamaica Plain in 2006.
Deb Todd Wheeler and Ben Sloat give conceptual art a kick
By GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2010
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Finding a niche

The DeCordova's sculpture; Judi Rotenberg's farewell
The DeCordova's sculpture; Judi Rotenberg's farewell
By GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2010
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Re-structuring

Three large oil paintings overwhelm the lobby at the Portland Museum of Art, introducing the show "Division and Discovery: Recent Works by Frederick Lynch," a beautiful and meditative collection found on the fourth floor of the museum.
A Frederick Lynch introspective at the PMA
By ANNIE LARMON  |  March 19, 2010
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Reboot

Portland artist Randy Regier's work is just beginning to be known, but he may be one of the best sculptors in the country.
The new DeCordova 'Annual,' plus the BCA's studio artists
By GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2010


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Allegorical expressions

Horses break loose from carnival carousels and run free, a horse-headed naked woman cuddles a rabbit as blue birds circle, and an escaped carousel horse visits the grave of a flower in Providence artist Lydia Stein's exhibit "Love Songs, Hobos & Ot
Lydia Stein's “Love Songs, Hobos & Other Spirits”
By GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2009
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Everybody poops

Recently selected as one of 17 regional artists to exhibit at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park's Biennial in January 2010 (alongside fellow Mainer Randy Regier), and awarded a grant from the Maine Arts Commission in support of her interactive sc
Greta Bank talks priorities and realities
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 31, 2009
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Photos: New England Sand Sculpting Festival 2009

Photos from the New England Sand Sculpture Festival 2009 at Revere Beach
New England Sand Sculpture Festival 2009 at Revere Beach
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 24, 2009
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Wired

Every artist aims to develop a trademark look. Most carve out an individual style within the usual tried and true playing field — a certain way with paint, a certain slant to their photos — but C.W. Roelle has accomplished the rare feat of staking out
C.W. Roelle explores three dimensions at AS220's Project Space
By GREG COOK  |  July 17, 2009