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Andre returns to College Hill

If you found yourself on Benefit Street this past Monday, you could have been forgiven for wondering if Providence's own rascal king had made a stunning return to politics: there, behind the First Baptist Church, was a large "Re-Elect Cianci" billboard.
Propaganda Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 17, 2012

Cai Guo-Qiang, “Sustainable Beauty,” and “Independents”

Cai Guo-Qiang has mounted his two big crocodiles at head height, where you can peer into their snapped open jaws lined with fangs.
Quick impressions
By GREG COOK  |  October 28, 2011

Review: JustSeeds' ''Resourced!'' focuses on ecology at AS220

The political printmaking group JustSeeds was begun by Josh MacPhee in Portland, Oregon, in 1998 as a way to distribute art and posters.
The art of protest
By GREG COOK  |  May 20, 2011
E. B. White Audio Casssettes Have a Posse

E. B. White Audio Casssettes Have a Posse

Someone has pasted over the Shepard Fairey mural on the side of our building with a Stuart Little audiobook: Who are you? We're not mad!...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  May 09, 2011

Cambridge author Caleb Neelon traces graffiti's hidden history

'TAKI 183' SPAWNS PEN PALS, announced the headline in the July 21, 1971, New York Times .
It was written
By GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2011

Review: The eye-popping vitality of 'Printed in Providence'

Providence printmaking continues to be the primary representative of the city's art in books from Street World (2007) to Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today (2009) to the Museum of Modern Art's Modern Women (2010). It's a printmakin
Lasting impressions
By GREG COOK  |  February 25, 2011


Review: 'Networks 2009-2010' at the Newport Art Museum

In art communities like Providence, local institutions often ignore their town's history. Which can convey the message that little art made here ever mattered. And the corollary: Little made here ever will matter. Which is, of course, silly in the town
A 'community of makers'
By GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2010

AS220's Fairey mural in progress in Providence

It's a muggy Wednesday and Johan Bjurman stands atop an 85-foot aerial lift along Aborn Street in downtown Providence, a paintbrush in his hand and a thermos of ice water at his side.
The Art of the City
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 06, 2010

With plans for a downtown mural, Shepard Fairey returns to Providence

It is a rather unremarkable collection of bricks at the moment: an exterior wall at the back of Trinity Repertory Company’s Pell Chafee Performance Center in downtown Providence.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 18, 2010

Meme police

I just woke up from some sort of bizarre dream. I was at MIT. There was a weirdo painting nudes of President Obama on a unicorn. Several adults were dressed like domestic animals.
MIT’s ROFLcon, a gathering of the Web’s biggest names, decides what will make you laugh and cry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010

Review: Exit Through the Gift Shop

The art of underground prankster Banksy is hard to pin down.
Banksy makes his directorial debut. Or does he?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 23, 2010


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

VIDEO: Our 10 most popular videos from 2009

The most popular videos from the Phoenix in 2009
Hardcore bands, porn stars, vampires, zombies, and vandals
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Alternative universe

In the 1930s and '40s, Boston painters developed a moody, mythic realism. They mixed social satire with depictions of street scenes, Biblical scenes, and mystical symbolic narratives, all of it darkened by the shadow of the Great Depression and World W
Boston Expressionism in context
By GREG COOK  |  December 18, 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

VIDEO: Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, and Chuck D at the ICA's Nick Curran (of You Can Be a Wesley) and Addison Post snuck their way into the ICA's "Experiment Redux" on July 31 and managed...
By Carly Carioli  |  August 10, 2009


Review: Shepard Fairey + Z-Trip + Chuck D

So Shepard Fairey actually made it this time. No insane, last-minute sting operations by Boston cops lurking just off the ICA’s property line. But also: no grand dramatics, either. (Like, he totally could have parachuted through a shattered skylight. In
“Experiment Redux” | Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston | July 31, 2009
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Comic-strip author declares war on Jamba

While the Shepard Fairey–AP showdown was busy raising the public-domain bar, a new case concerning intellectual property recently cropped up on the Internet. This one pits David Rees and his defunct Get Your War On ( GYWO ) comic strip against nation
Juice justice
By LEOR GALIL  |  August 07, 2009

Photos: Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, Chuck D at the ICA

Shepard Fairey spins at Obey Experiment REDUX at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston
Shepard Fairey, Z-Trip, and Chuck D, live at the Institute of Contemporary Art, on July 31, 2009
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Stop the presses

Meg Turner steals the show in 5 Traverse gallery's new exhibit with her installation Santa's Worst Nightmare . Climb up a few stairs, step into a closet-sized box wallpapered with etchings of bricks, and close the old weathered door behind you.
Fine art and funhouse tricks from AS220's Print Shop
By GREG COOK  |  July 31, 2009

Free speechifying

How can Dan Kennedy pick a list of people who trample freedom of expression without listing the mayor of Boston?
Letters to the Boston editor, July 17, 2009

Shepard Fairey beats all but 3 charges in Suffolk Co. graffiti case

Shepard Fairey beats all but 3 charges in Suffolk Co. graffiti case

Out of the 28 graffit-related charges the Suffolk District Attorney's Office has been trying to slap Shepard Fairey with for the last 9 years, only three...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  July 10, 2009

The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009

Fairey weighs in on Burma

Last week, Chris Gray and I wrote about the Burma VJ movie (coming to SPACE Gallery tomorrow and Thu...
By Jeff Inglis  |  June 23, 2009

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

Tory Row

Matthew Curtis and Christopher A. Lutes, perfect-pitch masters of minimalism at Miracle of Science, Cambridge 1, Middlesex Lounge, and Audubon Circle, have finally opened a restaurant with a few flaws.
The Miracle of Science guys do it again
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 05, 2009

Art! Where does it begin? Where does it end? And who's asking?

Art! Where does it begin? Where does it end? And who's asking?

 Okay, so Shepard Fairey's art involves defacing other people's property, sometimes with permis...
By Clif Garboden  |  April 17, 2009

Fabulous fakes

The e-mail from "Craig Cook" arrived on March 2. It directed me to a Facebook page pretending to be Greg Cook's, and a YouTube video. I was busy, so I watched only the beginning of the latter.
'Me' and the Miracle 5
By GREG COOK  |  April 10, 2009

Radically unoriginal

Greg Cook’s breathless description of “the hottest show in the nation right now” ignores a lot of troubling context in the Fairey phenomenon.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 27, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 25, 2009

Printing Portland

Local artists reclaim mass production
Local artists reclaim mass production
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 18, 2009