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Great art from the other Nick Cave

The Soundsuits by Chicagoan Nick Cave (not the rock star) are the dazzling mutant offspring of disco, Bigfoot, Teletubbies, African and Caribbean carnival costumes, troll dolls, flea markets, Wookiees, and cheerleader pompons.

By GREG COOK  |  March 15, 2013

Free hand: Frank Casazza's murals and graphics

Everything is happy in Frank Casazza's murals and graphics.

By GREG COOK  |  March 15, 2013

Collective Thinking @ Blanc Gallery

In 2010, a group of 20-something art and music enthusiasts transformed an unassuming basement space on Vancouver Street into YES.OUI.SI., a multi-media gallery and gathering spot for young talents that hosted dozens of visual-art shows, film screenings

By LIZ PELLY  |  March 08, 2013

Remembering the Past: Zoe Dance In Past Is Prelude

How do we remember the past?

By DEBRA CASH  |  March 01, 2013

Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía

Few companies capture flamenco's essence better than Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía.

By VALERIE GLADSTONE  |  March 01, 2013

Scientific method: One-on-one with Alex Karpovsky

Not long ago, Newton native Alex Karpovsky thought his filmmaking career was finished.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 01, 2013


Amalia Pica’s emo sculpture

"There are so many interesting things in the world, and you think, 'How am I ever going to compete with that?' " Amalia Pica said at an opening-night talk for her exhibition at MIT's List Visual Art Center.

By GREG COOK  |  February 22, 2013

Phreaking Ma Bell: Phil Lapsley's Exploding the Phone

Exploding the Phone is Phil Lapsley's exhaustive history of the phone-phreak phenomenon of the '60s and '70s.

By LISA WEIDENFELD  |  February 22, 2013

Yo, Jonny! The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

Sometime after becoming a YouTube megastar and crashing into the cult of personality that has metastasized in contemporary society, Teddy Wayne's 11-year-old bubblegum idol Jonny Valentine is hanging out in his dressing room getting a blow job from a g

By SHARON STEEL  |  February 08, 2013

Talking about a revolution: ''Histories of Now'' at the School of the MFA

Last January, less than a year after crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square overthrew Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts presented "Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo."

By GREG COOK  |  February 08, 2013
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Paper tigers: ''Graphic Advocacy'' at MassArt

There's a curious lack of urgency in "Graphic Advocacy: International Posters of the Digital Age 2001-2012" at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

By GREG COOK  |  February 08, 2013


Movin' on up: Greer Muldowney's photography

It's night in Greer Muldowney's photo.

By GREG COOK  |  February 01, 2013

Family Ties: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons's art

Family has long been one of the central subjects of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons's art.

By GREG COOK  |  February 01, 2013

Sinclair Hitchings's 'Art in Boston'

How much difference can one person make? Sinclair Hitchings hopes it's a substantial one when it comes to his "Art in Boston" project, which he began in 2006.

By GREG COOK  |  January 25, 2013

Black female power: Mickalene Thomas's paintings

Mickalene Thomas's paintings teleport us to a black-is-beautiful American 1960s and '70s.

By GREG COOK  |  January 11, 2013

A.R.T. wrings magic from Pippin

Diane Paulus's ingenious circus revamp of Pippin is indeed a magic to-do.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 11, 2013


Trajal Harrell's postmodern harlem drag

A half-naked dancer gallops wildly around the stage, squealing and grimacing while another dressed in drag suggests to audience members that they have sex with "the uglies."

By VALERIE GLADSTONE  |  January 11, 2013

Visualized: Spectacle's one-night art show

This Friday night in Jamaica Plain, multimedia performance space Spectacle will transform for the third installment of All Visual Boston, a one-night art show that will merge a digital slideshow of photographic work with a performance by local experiment

By LIZ PELLY  |  January 11, 2013

Mansbach is back

Prior to the meme-tastic success of last year's Go the Fuck to Sleep (Akashic Books), Adam Mansbach had written two acclaimed novels about race and culture.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 11, 2013

Bipolar and off the leash of meds: Juliann Garey's Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See

Juliann Garey's debut novel begins with its narrator doing something unforgivable.

By LISA WEIDENFELD  |  January 11, 2013

Sandcastles and sunspots: The year in art

It was a year of bracing histories — '60s assassinations, '80s pandemics, and four decades of hubris in Iraq. But 2012's best art wasn't all bad news.

By GREG COOK  |  December 21, 2012


Family album: The Addison Gallery collects Innu snapshots

In 1969, Wendy Ewald traveled to northeastern Canada to invite Innu adolescents to photograph their community.

By GREG COOK  |  December 14, 2012

Abstract-Expressionist New England

"American Vanguards" at the Addison Gallery tells how a tiny group of New York friends — Stuart Davis, John Graham, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning "and their circle" — inspired by Picasso and Surrealism, exploded the last ties between Modernist painti

By GREG COOK  |  December 14, 2012

SLIDESHOW: The cheap near-thrills of Sexytime

With porn so privately accessible now, we don't worry about the stigma attached to its consumption, the thought of someone pausing to peruse the art in front of an adult movie theater (hell, the thought of an adult movie theater) instead of just ducking

By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 14, 2012

Culture clash: Chinglish not lost in translation

As David Henry Hwang's Chinglish demonstrates, negotiation among Americans and Chinese is seldom as snappy as the play's title.

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 14, 2012

Even the Jordan River has bodies floatin'

Style aside, the 1960s — the era that spawned sex, drugs, and rock and roll — are still with us.

By PETER KADZIS  |  December 14, 2012


Bipolar Babies: Leonard Cohen and Rod Stewart in misery and delight

"Every night and every morn," wrote William Blake one afternoon in 1803, "some to misery are born."
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 07, 2012

Ladies' Man

Mario Testino is best known for photographing Princess Diana for Vanity Fair in 1997, just months before her death.
By GREG COOK  |  October 19, 2012

Futures past

Since the 1980s, the art world has acted as if it wanted to forget that the Neo-Expressionist, greed-is-good, Christian, pastel-preppy conservatism of that decade ever happened.
This will have been' at the ICA Boston, November 15–March 3
By GREG COOK  |  September 21, 2012

''Let’s Talk about Bikes'' at the BSA Space

A hit of the 1939 New York World's Fair was General Motors' "Futurama," a vast model landscape lined with superhighways that arrived at a metropolis of gleaming skyscrapers.
Pedal power
By GREG COOK  |  July 06, 2012