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Julianne Swartz: how deep?

A wildcard around art these days is the rise of Maker culture, the tribe of hip geeks devoted to DIY tinkering, engineering, electronics, and invention.

By GREG COOK  |  November 23, 2012

Dor Guez's family matters

Some find Dor Guez's subjects controversial, apparently unable accept the fact that folks on the losing side of wars get screwed.

By GREG COOK  |  November 02, 2012

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

Monster mash

In Patt Kelley's twisted but surprisingly sweet comics, a hairy-faced lady from a traveling circus romances a tree-man, a monster spawned by dirty dishes devours the world, a vampire finds her soul mate in a guy with a permanent nosebleed.

By GREG COOK  |  October 26, 2012

Game on

Anthony Montuori's retro-style video games might be called the art of losing. In one, you're the legendary Sisyphus failing to lift a boulder to the top of an 8-bit mountain.
Studio visit
By GREG COOK  |  October 26, 2012


Every once in a while the city needs a show like "Elsewhere," the round-up of 17 local artists organized by Flux.Boston blogger Liz Devlin, to get a snapshot of the art being produced here.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012


Crazy lids

Except for winter knit hats and baseball caps, it can seem like hardly anybody wears hats any more.

By GREG COOK  |  September 28, 2012

SPACE wallpaper plays tricks with the eye

As one of its most brilliant venues celebrates its 10th anniversary, Portland is treated to one of the most colorful and engaging art shows of the summer.
It’s a jungle in there
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 03, 2012

Review: Portrait of Wally

Somewhere in the slog of Andrew Shea's Portrait of Wally is a devastating story of institutionalized extortion and its victims.
Institutionalized extortion
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 22, 2012

Craft Spells | Gallery

Craft Spells certainly live up to their name on this six-song EP, with the charm of its effortless, pixie-light production and the warm, plangent harp sounds of their major-key melodies.
Captured Tracks (2012)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  May 18, 2012

Alex Katz’s MFA retrospective is no abstraction

When Alex Katz launched his career as a realist painter in the 1950s, it was a daring move.
Keeping it real
By GREG COOK  |  May 04, 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

Jerry Uelsmann hallucinates for you

Jerry Uelsmann's photos are like hallucinations.
Darkroom magic
By GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2012

Brian Zink, Marisa Martino, and Robin Mandel

Zink's new show, "Assembled" at Howard Yezerski Gallery (460 Harrison Ave, Boston, through February 7), features handsome, hard-edged abstractions assembled from mod, jitterbugging patterns of flat Plexiglass tiles.
By design
By GREG COOK  |  January 13, 2012
Art Preview: 2012

A new Gardner, plus landscapes, performance art, and RAD

Greater Boston's art-museum building boom continues with the debut of an expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in January.
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011

Facebook party pics

Memories. Mostly drunk ones.
By KARL STEVENS  |  December 23, 2011

Exhibits worth buzzing about

After a couple of shaky years, 2011 saw the local gallery scene blossom again.
Vivid visions
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2011

Photos: ''More is More'' at Samson; ''Everything Is Coming Up Roses'' at Carroll and Sons

Artwork by Joe Zane and Mark Cooper.
Artwork by Mark Cooper and Joe Zane
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 09, 2011

Photos: ''More is More'' at Samson; ''Everything Is Coming Up Roses'' at Carroll and Sons

Artwork by Joe Zane and Mark Cooper.
Artwork by Mark Cooper and Joe Zane
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 09, 2011

They, and Gideon Bok, are nothing but subjective

Commonly artists prefer to work away from public scrutiny, shielded from revealing the awkward phases of creation, to emerge with a finished work of art that will last, if not for eternity, at least for quite a while.
Time and perspective
By BRITTA KONAU  |  November 25, 2011

Review: 'European Drawings' at the Portland Museum of Art

"European Drawings" is the Portland Museum of Art's contribution to "Where to Draw the Line: the Maine Drawing Project," a year-long series of historical and contemporary drawing exhibitions at 16 Maine galleries and art institutions.
Historic drawings sketch the way to greater art
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 01, 2011


Daniel Meiklejohn contemplates the female form

There is unlikely any subject more explored in the art-history continuum than the female form.
Variations on a theme
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 14, 2011

Slideshow: Yamile Pardo and Edel Bordon at Galeria Cubana

Husband and wife Edel Bordon and Yamile Pardo showcase their artwork at Galeria Cubana through December 12, 2010.
Yamile Pardo and Edel Bordon | Galeria Cubana | Through December 12, 2010
By YAMILE PARDO AND EDEL BORDON  |  November 19, 2010

Gallery management

A novice gallery manager shakes things up.
By DAVID KISH  |  November 12, 2010

Zacchilli + Kent's 'Night For Day,' Test, and Planka at AS220

Mickey Zacchilli and Natalja Kent's installation "Night for Day" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through October 30) is like a manic, feral, black-and-white, punk, strobe light, spook house — just in time for Halloween.
On the dark side
By GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2010

Review: A venerable collection returns to Marble House

Medieval artists got so much wrong. But it's a wrongness that ends up being vigorously right.
American Gothic
By GREG COOK  |  September 03, 2010


Decay, exposed

Bill Daniel doesn't call the landlord when there's a hole in the roof. He just turns the damn house into a boat.
Bill Daniel's images and items lament a fallen society
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 13, 2010

Photos: Work by Jenny Holzer at the ICA

Pre-performace projections on the waterfront
Pre-performace projections on the waterfront
By SCOTT M. LACEY  |  August 06, 2010

Photos: Allston Footbridge Art Show

Artists bring their work to a showcase at the Allston Footbridge on June 26, 2010.
"Take It Outside" at the Allston Footbridge on June 26, 2010
By LINDSEY PAYSON  |  July 02, 2010

Slideshow: Tavares Strachan's ''Orthostatic Tolerance'' at the MIT List Visual Arts Center

Tavares Strachan's "Orthostatic Tolerance:  It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home" at the MIT List Visual Arts Center through July 11, 2010.
Tavares Strachan at the MIT List Visual Arts Center | Through July 11
By TAVARES STRACHAN  |  June 18, 2010