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These 10 exhibits will open your eyes

In March, the RISD Museum dusts off its two millennia-old mummy of a priest named Nesmin as part of "Made for Eternity" (March 15 to November 17), a small showcase of the institution's Egyptian treasures.
Strange and wondrous
By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2012
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Mary beth Meehan documents a city’s evolution

In 2004, Providence photographer Mary Beth Meehan returned to her hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts, seeking to better understand the major racial and economic shifts it had seen over the past generation.
A changing community
By GREG COOK  |  November 30, 2012
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Maxey’s sprawling landscapes; Blackburn’s altered spaces

After years of visiting her second home in her husband's native United Kingdom, Providence artist Madolin Maxey says it finally occurred to her to paint the hedgerows, rolling hills, giant boulders, and ancient stone crosses in Devon in southwestern Eng
Exteriors and interiors
By GREG COOK  |  March 23, 2012
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Agata Michalowska’s ‘dom’; ‘Surfacing’ at the Chazan Gallery

"Dom: means home," Providence artist Agata Michalowska says in a sign introducing her installation "dom" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through February 25).
No place like home
By GREG COOK  |  February 24, 2012
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Myoda and Pender in ‘Illuminations’ at Chazan Gallery

Paul Myoda's kinetic sculptures are beautiful and unsettling.
Tricks of the light
By GREG COOK  |  January 27, 2012
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Shows worth seeing in the new year

From centuries-old Taoist visions to the ways technology can channel emotions, local exhibits this winter prompt comparisons between then and now.
Eyes wide open
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011


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Review: Growing up fast in 'Dancing Your Bedroom'

"Dancing In Your Bedroom," at the Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School (228 Angell Street, Providence, through April 9), appears to have teleported stuffed animals, posters, bookbags, and the disheveled beds of teens right into the space.
Inner sanctum
By GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2011
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Uneasy artifacts at the Chazan Gallery

It seems life should feel easy with all our faster foods and whiter teeth and smarter bombs, but despite — or perhaps because of — all our modern conveniences, we feel as awkward and hapless as ever. That is one unspoken theme that viewers might draw f
'Something is amiss'
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2010
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Fall Art Preview: Old meets new this season

Art in Rhode Island this fall is a parade of founding mothers and fathers. AS220 co-founder Umberto Crenca fills his institution with his latest "ugly" work.
O pioneers
By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2010
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The outside world

For some time now, Providence artist Adrianne Evans has been mulling natural processes in her art.
Five artists ‘On Nature’ at the Chazan Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  March 05, 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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Striving for significance

One of the questions in fine art is how to address the big issues of today, from our wars to global warming.
Deborah Bright and David H. Wells at the Chazan Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  December 04, 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
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Under construction

Jon Laustsen's sculptures are like a contractor's dreams rendered in miniature.
Jon Laustsen's surreal minimalist mutations
By GREG COOK  |  March 04, 2009
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Beauty for beauty's sake

For several years, Cristin Searles of Providence has been stitching together soft sculptures that catchily evoke natural forms.
Feminist art
By GREG COOK  |  January 28, 2009
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The other stuff

The apparent inspiration for the Museum of Small Finds at Machines with Magnets is a Renaissance cabinet of wonders
Machines with Magnets’ Museum of Small Finds
By GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2008


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Distinctive design

In 1969, Malcolm Grear Designers was hired by New York’s Guggenheim Museum to develop a new graphic identity for the institution.
Malcolm Grear at RIC; plus, Roger Mayer’s ‘Soundless’
By GREG COOK  |  April 08, 2008
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Variety pack

Bohyun Yoon’s fascination with the human body has led him in the past to play around with clear plastic clothing and naked models covered with mirrors.
Six artists at the Chazan and 5 Traverse galleries
By GREG COOK  |  March 05, 2008
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Tale of the tape

A couple of the folks behind the crazy, brilliant “Apartment At the Mall” project are camped out at 5 Traverse Gallery.
New works at Traverse, Chazan, and Dead Cat galleries
By GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2008
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Renaissance man

"I don’t think I’ll ever have anything to pitch to a commercial publisher,” Alex Rose says.
Alex Rose wants to do it all
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 08, 2008
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Going underground

The project in which Michael Townsend and seven collaborators created a secret apartment at Providence Place began as an adventure in which four friends tried to live in the mall for a week.
The hidden quality of the Providence art scene is a big part of what sets it apart
By GREG COOK  |  October 10, 2007


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Separated at birth

Six years ago, when Lincoln Chafee won the US Senate seat to which he’d been appointed after his father’s death, it wouldn’t have been surprising if Sheldon Whitehouse approached him during the victory celebration at Providence Marriott to offer his cong
The partisan difference is the big thing dividing Chafee and whitehouse   
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 25, 2006