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Sarah Hill’s Flesh Prison

A glam queer horror film, hallucinatory and visceral and jarring, a blast of emotions.

By GREG COOK  |  November 16, 2012
Take a look at the artwork of "Fiddle Tim" a/k/a Frances Bean Cobain

Take a look at the artwork of "Fiddle Tim" a/k/a Frances Bean Cobain

The image you see above is by someone named Fiddle Tim. It's part of an exhibit at a gallery in Los Angeles called La Luz...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 22, 2010

Photos: Allston Footbridge Art Show

Artists bring their work to a showcase at the Allston Footbridge on June 26, 2010.
"Take It Outside" at the Allston Footbridge on June 26, 2010
By LINDSEY PAYSON  |  July 02, 2010

Something borrowed

"Bride" stands tall as the leading lady at the Institute of Contemporary Art's current two-woman exhibit "A Meticulous Ferment," a five-tiered pastry of sculpture glittering with as much opulence, self-importance, and fragility as the title might suggest
Beth Lipman and Kirsten Hassenfeld at MECA's ICA
By ANNIE LARMON  |  July 02, 2010

Unholy contraptions

In Tavares Strachan's video The Rocket Launch (2009), two black men in white chemical suits load sugar cane into the back of a three-wheeled mini-truck, then drive down a palm-tree-lined road to a run-down building labeled Bahamas Aerospace and Sea Exp
Tavares Strachan's rockets, plus 'The Boat Show' at Drive By, and 'Sensed, Unseen' at GASP
By GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2010

Review: Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies

Picasso seems to have done so, though preferring Chaplin slapstick and cowboy silents to artsy fare, and biographers place him at several screenings of Lumière shorts.
Linking movies and Cubist painting
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 25, 2010


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

Rain check

We have just the thing to cure your summer-vacation blues: Maine, from the inside.
When bad weather strikes, just go indoors!
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 18, 2010

Homer's home

A hundred years after his death, Winslow Homer is still making waves.
The PMA shows the Maine coastal artist at work
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 18, 2010

Drawing inspiration

"Die, yuppie scum," chants the long-haired man, to the beat of a pounding drum. "You don't need to fuck people over to survive."
Anarchist Seth Tobocman brings radical comic-book to the Lucy Parsons Center
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  June 18, 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


Slideshow: Tavares Strachan's ''Orthostatic Tolerance'' at the MIT List Visual Arts Center

Tavares Strachan's "Orthostatic Tolerance:  It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home" at the MIT List Visual Arts Center through July 11, 2010.
Tavares Strachan at the MIT List Visual Arts Center | Through July 11
By TAVARES STRACHAN  |  June 18, 2010

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

Moving forward

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is back in full swing after an unexpected winter hiatus.
The CMCA Biennial balances past and present
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 04, 2010

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

Thesis defense

Encompassing a broad range of themes, media, and levels of participation, each set of works in this year’s Maine College of Art exhibition by nine thesis-level Master’s of Fine Arts students achieves its own world and requires a separate toolkit to proce
 MECA’s MFA students strut their stuff
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 28, 2010


Boston After Dark: Glory, Old

Since the national student strike began, the Massachusetts College of Art, on Brookline Avenue in Boston, has undergone a remarkable change.
Posters of protest at Massachusetts College of Art
By THEODORE GROSS  |  May 28, 2010

Photos: 'The Kennedys' at Peabody Essex Museum

Photographs of JFK and his family 
"The Kennedys” exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum, through July 18
By RICHARD AVEDON  |  May 21, 2010

Still life

Nobody knew very much about Mike Disfarmer. Even his name was a fabrication.
Disfarmer at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 21, 2010

Power plays

Some weeks back, I got to listen to Brown University archæology professor Stephen Houston pronounce the throaty, staccato sounds of Maya hieroglyphs carved across a six-foot-wide limestone panel.
The Maya and the Kennedys at the Peabody Essex
By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010

Slideshow: The Maya And The Mythic Sea at Peabody Essex Museum

Mayan works of art at the “Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea,” exhibit
“Fiery Pool: The Maya And The Mythic Sea,” Peabody Essex Museum through July 18  
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 21, 2010


The surreal world

Corey Grayhorse offers a style of synthetic glitz that seems to channel our society’s plastic, superficial heart.
Dreamworks by Corey Grayhorse at AS220
By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010

Mixed signals

For those who heard German electronics maestro Felix Kubin slice the air with fried keyboards and speed-tweaked samples at Boston’s Goethe-Institut last November, his return to the States couldn’t come soon enough.
The amalgamated adventures of Felix Kubin
By MATT PARISH  |  May 14, 2010

Slideshow: Bike cover art contest 2010

Bob Maloney's Experimental Illustration Class competes for the cover spot on the Phoenix 's 2010 Bike Bible
Bob Maloney's Experimental Illustration Class competes for the cover spot on the Phoenix 's 2010 Bike Bible

Delightful details

Mary Jane Begin’s exhibit “Back to the Future: From The Wind In the Willows to Willow Buds” at the Providence Art Club’s Dodge House Gallery showcases her child’s fantasy wonderland realism.
Mary Jane Begin’s wonderland realism at Providence Art Club
By GREG COOK  |  May 14, 2010

Puppet pageants

In the beginning, there was Kermit. Not Kermit the Frog — not just yet. That would come nearly 15 years later.
The influential art of Jim Henson and Peter Schumann
By GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2010


An expanding world

Housed in two galleries at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, “Methods for Modernism: Form and Color in American Art, 1900 to 1925” presents a healthy survey of works by artists featured in the two most definitive venues for introducing European modernis
Americans look at European modernism
By ANNIE LARMON  |  May 07, 2010

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

In search of light

Many of us here in Maine are guilty of having at one time or another harangued the forces of spring to hurry it up already, are guilty of cold-month mopery or worse. Imagine, then, living in the Arctic, where the winter is far darker for far longer, and
USM’s dreamlike Inuit storytelling
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 30, 2010

Slideshow: ''The Beast In Me - Johnny Cash'' at the Nave Gallery

Artwork from "The Beast In Me—Johnny Cash: Art Influenced by the Struggle of a Man" at the Nave Gallery
Artworks from "The Beast In Me—Johnny Cash: Art Influenced by the Struggle of a Man" at the Nave Gallery
By NAVE GALLERY  |  April 23, 2010