William Schaff

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Review: ''Conversations'' at West Side Arts; plus, Tayo Heuser

William Schaff's art is full of bloody warmongers, flaming demons, terminally ill patients, ecstatic saints, and drunks vomiting up heaps of emaciated bodies.
Darkness and light
By GREG COOK  |  June 03, 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
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Their back pages

An often overlooked factor of Providence's underground art scene that flourished in the decade bookending the start of the millennium was the central place of the zine.
'Book As Post Modern Medium (The Book Show)' at 5 Traverse
By GREG COOK  |  June 05, 2009

Affirmative action

YES Gallery is located in a gorgeous green wood-frame 1883 building on a quaint strip of boutiques and restaurants that runs parallel to the Warren River.
YES Gallery’s ‘Lovesick/Seasick’
By GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008

Fever dreams

Written in the  tradition of the historieta — pulp comics sold in the tens of millions monthly from every Mexican newsstand and bodega — Dead in Desemboque comes across like a dying gringo’s border desert mirage.
Fear and loathing in Desemboque
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 19, 2008


Majestic rot

Providence artist Neal Walsh’s great new abstract paintings bring to mind peeling paint, rust, and cracking plaster in old mills or houses, maybe the wall in the hall of an apartment building.
Compelling new work by Neal T. Walsh and William Schaff
By GREG COOK  |  April 15, 2008