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Two shows highlight the RISD Museum's new direction

It's been a year-and-a-half since John Smith took over as director of the RISD Museum. But it's only now that his vision for the place is becoming reality.  
A dandy list  
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 15, 2013

Battle lines: ''The Invention of Glory'' at the Peabody Essex Museum

Afonso V's conquests were an opening salvo in Europe's age of exploration and exploitation, "one of the first outward movements of the Portuguese empire that 50 years later is all the way to China," says curator Karina Corrigan of the Peabody Essex Muse

By GREG COOK  |  November 02, 2012

Photography ‘In Character’ at the Addison

Photography is always seducing us with its whispered promise that what you see is what you get.
By GREG COOK  |  April 27, 2012
Shapeshifting totems

The Peabody Essex explores Native America

The Cree artist plays his drag show for laughs, but underlying it are serious questions about white genocide of Native American societies, about the stereotyping of Natives, and about gays in America, as well as Native American society.
By GREG COOK  |  March 30, 2012

Brian Chippendale and Jungil Hong’s dazzling new work

Brian Chippendale and Jungil Hong were at the center of the gang of artists who pioneered the rascally psychedelic art that boiled out of Providence's screenprinting/postering/comic book/puppet show/wrestlemania/noise rock underground in the late 1990s a
A sense of wonder
By GREG COOK  |  December 02, 2011

Photos: Anonymous Boston at The Fourth Wall Project

The Fourth Wall Project hosts a panel discussion with Dan Kennedy (Media Nation), Howard Manly (Bay State Banner), Sarah Ann Shaw (WBZ), Chris Faraone (Boston Phoenix), Phillip Martin (WGBH), Marcela Garcia (El Planeta), in conjunction with the exhibi
Through November 19, 2011 | Fourth Wall Project
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  November 11, 2011

Slideshow: ''A Day in Pompeii'' exhibit at the Museum of Science

The Museum of Science hosts the "A Day in Pompeii" exhibit through February 12, 2012.
Through February 12, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 04, 2011

'Degas and the Nude' at MFA

A splendid survey of a modern master as well as girls, girls, girls.
Baby got back
By GREG COOK  |  October 14, 2011

Photos: Kostas Seremetis's ''Ready…Steady…Go!'' at the Fourth Wall Project

Kostas Seremetis's ''Ready…Steady…Go!'' exhibition is on display at the Fourth Wall Project from September 10 to October 23, 2011.
Fourth Wall Project | September 10–October 23, 2011
By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  September 23, 2011
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Painting – and video – of the American landscape

"Painting the American Vision" — 45 rapturous paintings from the New York Historical Society — surveys the Hudson River School painters, dubbed for the upstate New York river where they spent their summers prospecting for sights to transform into ravish
Manifest destiny
By GREG COOK  |  August 05, 2011

Slideshow: Alexander McQueen's ''Savage Beauty'' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photos of Alexander McQueen's ''Savage Beauty'' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, through August 7, 2011, in connection with Thomas Page McBee's  review of the exhibit .
Metropolitan Museum of Art | Through August 7, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 29, 2011


Slideshow: 'El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa' at the Davis Museum

El Anatsui's exhibit, "When I Last Wrote to You about Africa," is at the Davis Museum from March 30 to June 12, 2011.
Davis Museum | March 30–June 12, 2011
By EL ANATSUI  |  April 08, 2011

Review: Karen Gelardi's 'botanical propaganda' at Perimeter Gallery

Two recent groups of Karen Gelardi's studies of nature (she calls it "botanical propaganda") harness a bold and painterly craft aesthetic among the rough wood benches and baskets of lush melons and gourds in the open industrial space that also serves a
Color fields
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 03, 2010

Stand-alone sketchbook

Widely considered to be one of the most influential sculptors in the formation of British and international modernism, Henry Moore (1898-1986) drew from classical traditions, surrealism, and primitivism in his obsession with capturing the female form in
Drawings illustrate Moore's varied influences
By ANNIE LARMON  |  August 06, 2010

Endless inquiry

Mikael Kennedy’s portraits of his maunderings through the American landscape harness a transcendental concurrence of vastness and intimacy.
Ghostly shapes and images at 37-A Gallery
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 11, 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

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Slideshow: Orestes Gaulhia at Galeria Cubana

Works of art from Orestes Gaulhia
Orestes Gaulhia's work at Galeria Cubana from May 14 to June 27, 2010.
By ORESTES GAULHIA  |  May 14, 2010