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Taking an observation on Winslow Homer’s oeuvre

"Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine," a show of more than 30 Homer works depicting Maine and the sea, commemorates the opening the newly-restored Homer studio on Prouts Neck.
Blown away
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 05, 2012
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William Trost Richards at the Newport Art Museum

Call it poor timing. The 19th-century seascape painter William Trost Richards is one of the granddaddies of Rhode Island art, but in the wide world of art he remains obscure.
‘Paradise’ found
By GREG COOK  |  August 24, 2012
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Odd year ahead for museums and galleries

Remember, for every droopy tarp stalactite that makes it into a museum lobby installation, there are dozens of similar (and similarly impressive) creatures that never leave a studio wall.
2011 brings the Biennial and much more
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 31, 2010
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Review: The Addison Gallery returns

Closed for two years of renovation and expansion, the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy reopened this past Tuesday with "Inside, Outside, Upstairs, Downstairs: The Addison Anew," nearly 400 greatest hits from its great collection.
Welcome back
By GREG COOK  |  September 10, 2010
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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
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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


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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
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Subject bias

"Objects of Wonder" is a mixed bag of a show, which is what it sets out to be.
Still lifes focus on the details at the PMA
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 26, 2010
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Living history

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Bert Gallery, which Catherine Little Bert and her father-in-law Hugo Bert (who'd run Cottage Gallery in North Providence) opened in the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence in 1985.
Bert Gallery turns 25
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2010
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Hope and energy

As we launch into the next decade with a collapsing economy and apocalyptic themes bleeding into every facet of culture, it's particularly hard to be optimistic about the arts, as yes, they are often the first to go.
Looking ahead to Maine's art scene in 2010
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 01, 2010
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52 ways to leave 2009

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. Sure, the end of this decade may not have the same kind of new-millennium pressure riding on it as the last one, b
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 01, 2010


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Summer people

Ever wonder why there is so much professional-level art made and shown in Maine, a state with a total population less than that of many minor cities? One answer is that following the fame of people like Winslow Homer, creative types flocked to Maine, o
Artists have long visited Maine, too
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 12, 2009
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Rant: We need more artists!

There's just not enough art to festoon all the walls in all the coffee/sandwich/burrito/gelato/bagel/pizza/frogurt shops in this great art-loving, snack-loving city of ours.
Some people say we need more doctors, more teachers, more engineers. Fools.
By DAVID KISH  |  February 25, 2009
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Seeking Relevance

Here in Maine we're used to living in a mediated landscape. Painters have been reframing how we see the shore and woods for generations, defining what's worth looking at for a larger audience.
A MECA faculty show goes didactic
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 03, 2008
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Elements + islands

Dennis Pinette, who was born in the Penobscot Bay town of Belfast and lives there still, makes completely contemporary paintings whose roots extend back through those epic early days of American painting.
Dennis Pinette's identity is on display at CMCA
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  November 05, 2008
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Getting hitched

It's a show that stretches from va-va-voom to the solemn roots of marriage in our culture. And maybe says a bit about — if I dare be so grand — the magical, irresistible force of love.
‘Wedded Bliss’ at the Peabody Essex Museum
By GREG COOK  |  July 22, 2008


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Savoring slow food

The surest radar trap in southern Maine is the one the Scarborough police have set up where Route 207 enters Prouts Neck.
At a revamped seaside resort
By BRIAN DUFF  |  August 01, 2007
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City of the dead

Some are simple slabs, inscribed only with a name and two dates. Others are enormous and imposing: stylized Etruscan sarcophagi, sculpted Grecian urns.
Mount Auburn Cemetery looks back on 175 years — and ahead to an eternal future
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 30, 2006

Liquid masterpieces

In honor of the exhibition, a number of bars and restaurants around Boston are offering drinks inspired by the art, the artists, and la Ville Lumière. Sqaures in Paris: What American painters didn't learn on their summer vacation. By Greg Cook.
An MFA exhibit inspires a host of beautiful cocktails
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 23, 2006
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Squares in Paris

Thomas Eakins was one of thousands of ambitious young American artists who flocked to Paris after the Civil War. Paintings from The Museum of Fine Arts's "Americans in Paris" exhibit
What American painters didn’t learn on their European vacations
By GREG COOK  |  June 21, 2006
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Exhibition expedition

Here are 10 exhibits across New England that will keep you happily inside all summer. Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
A road trip to sample great art is worth the gas money
By GREG COOK  |  June 14, 2006


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Blinded by the light

The pleasures of scenic seacoasts, lakes at dusk, farms in full fruit, and clam shacks by day or night have attracted artists to New England since at least the mid 19th century.
Painting Summer in New England at PEM, Pia Lindman at MIT, Julie Mehretu at Harvard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 14, 2006
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To the lighthouse

Word has it that famed, Boston-born artist Winslow Homer learned to paint from his mother, a skilled amateur watercolorist of flowers who recognized her son’s talent for drawing from the time he could hold a pencil.
American watercolors, toothpicks and roadtrips, and ‘Mixing Speak’ at the New Art Center
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 05, 2006
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Time and space

Humor and craftsmanship are both evident on the art horizon.
Artists taking on all there is
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  March 07, 2006