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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
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Ten art exhibits to check out this fall

"I think there was a kind of '80s embarrassment," says Institute of Contemporary Art curator Helen Molesworth.

By GREG COOK  |  September 21, 2012
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Jack Keats and Howard Pyle

Ezra Jack Keats published The Snowy Day in 1962 — around the time Freedom Riders were being beaten for trying to integrate bus travel in the South and James Meredith was being barred from the University of Mississippi.
Well drawn
By GREG COOK  |  August 17, 2012
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''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
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SLIDESHOW: ''Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo'' at the School of the MFA + ''Memory as Medicine'' at Davis Museum

''Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo'' is at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts through March 17, 2012. "Memory as Medicine'' is on display through May 6, 2012 at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum.
Through March 17, 2012 + Through May 6, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 16, 2012
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Photos: Figuring Color at the ICA

"Figuring Color” | 2004 | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | Through May 20, 2012
Through May 20, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 24, 2012


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Chinese bronzes from thousands of years ago at Bowdoin

Chinese bronzes are often felt, quite rightly, to fall within the purview of scholars and collectors who delight in detailed changes from one period or region to another.
Alive with the past
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 09, 2011
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Review: Dan Wood and Pippi Zornoza at AS220

The giant headline on the poster hanging in the window of AS220’s Project Space proclaims: "Antichrist Is Alive, and a Male Jew, Falwell Contends."
Fever dreams and fantasies
By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2010
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Worst Public Art Manifesto No. 1

Long-term public art has a greater responsibility to the community, to the public, than regular gallery art.
Taking the stuffing out of stuff we have to look at
By GREG COOK  |  September 10, 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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Treasure trove

Visiting "Pictures from the Hay" is like rummaging through your grandparents’ attic . . . if your grandparents are amazingly curious, incredibly well-connected, and fabulously well-to-do.
'Pictures from the Hay' and Alison Owen's 'Divisibility'
By GREG COOK  |  September 10, 2010


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Review: Modern painter's style showcased at Farnsworth

Alex Katz is one of America's best-known modern artists. His work is so emblematic of art of our time that a graphic showing one of his paintings adorns the subscription card that drops out of my freshly-delivered art magazine every month.
Big, big Katz
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 03, 2010
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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
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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
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Bleak houses, cute creatures

Antoniadis and Stone at Fourth Wall, plus 'Little Critters' at the Nave
Antoniadis and Stone at Fourth Wall, plus 'Little Critters' at the Nave
By GREG COOK  |  August 27, 2010
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Slideshow: Boston Related at Fourth Wall Project

Fight clouds, reversed ampersands, and RastaCats
Plus Little Critters at the Nave Gallery
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 27, 2010


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Whitewashed

Jeffrey Clancy plays with craft theory through the lens of a metalsmith working with traditional techniques and decorative motifs.
Examining Jeffrey Clancy's craft theories
By ANNIE LARMON  |  August 27, 2010