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Review: Amour

The master of bleakness, depravity, and bitter irony Michael Haneke has at last made an unabashedly romantic love story, and his most upbeat movie to date.
Amour is less
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2013

Comfortably UM: Minimalist bags

It bags aren't really our thing. UM bags are a different story.

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  December 28, 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
Fair sculptures at Decordova

Eva Hesse at the ICA and Tory Fair at the deCordova

Hesse's ability to imbue her art with body and blood and gravity anticipated the kinder, gentler minimalism of today's Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, and Roni Horn, as well as the fleshy fairy-tale figures of Kiki Smith. Boston sculptor Tory Fair has d
Women's work
By GREG COOK  |  July 29, 2011

Tedium and enchantment

Can it be a good sign when a curator writes that the artist he's featuring in her first US museum survey "has laid bare the creative act in all its tedium and enchantment for over two decades"?
Frances Stark, Bruce Myren, Rebecca Lieberman, and Megan & Murray McMillan
By GREG COOK  |  November 05, 2010

Ravishing beauty

The wreckage at the end of Modernist art's main thrust is the starting point for "Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line," a four-decade retrospective of the New Yorker's drawings at the RISD Museum.
‘Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line’ at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2010


Review: Julian Casablancas at the Paradise

Casablancas's solo debut, Phrazes for the Young (RCA), is a bizarre and twisted romp through sophisticated musical stylings that, especially in a live setting, sound light years away from the compact garage minimalism of early Strokes. This was evident
Julian Casablancas, live at the Paradise Rock Club, January 8, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 15, 2010

Matias Aguayo | Ay Ay Ay

You know the old saying: you can lead a horse to dance music, but you can’t make it sign up for a Beatport account.
Kompakt (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 06, 2009

It Does Come Easy

Ringo Starr was the best artist in the Beatles. And, I believe, the best artist to appear on Shining Time Station too. (Sorry, George Carlin.) It feels really weird to say, but it's the undisputable conclusion I drew from seeing "Ringo Starr — Artist"
Ringo Starr At Chabot, Quinn Taylor At Stairwell
By GREG COOK  |  June 19, 2009

Under construction

Jon Laustsen's sculptures are like a contractor's dreams rendered in miniature.
Jon Laustsen's surreal minimalist mutations
By GREG COOK  |  March 04, 2009

Me time

It’s a lazy weekday afternoon, and we’re finishing breakfast at Kevin Micka’s house in Jamaica Plain.
Animal Hospital has achieved a hermetic place in the city’s musical landscape.
By MATT PARISH  |  February 24, 2009