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Kevin Harris’s Museum of sound

Kevin Harris learned piano by playing gospel music in church.

By JON GARELICK  |  February 15, 2013
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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
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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
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The Gardner gets crafty

Art museums are designed to celebrate the end results of the creative process. But one of Boston's most highbrow institutions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has developed new programming to foster that process on-site.

By ARIEL SHEARER  |  November 02, 2012
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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
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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


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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
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SLIDESHOW: The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats

Most of our classic children's books are set in the country or magical foreign lands. Keats's work, instead, shows us urban America as we live it — but nudged toward an ideal.
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art | Through October 14
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 17, 2012
Film Review: Double Trouble

Review: Double Trouble

David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
Inept martial arts comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 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.
Totems
By GREG COOK  |  March 30, 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.
Shapeshifting
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011


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Developing dances at the ICA

Summer Stages Dance wrapped its 14th season Saturday afternoon at the Institute of Contemporary Art with a presentation by four choreographers who've been working with the students at Concord Academy through July.
Summer summary
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 05, 2011
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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
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The deCordova thinks about ''murals''

In "Wall Works" at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, curatorial fellow Lexi Lee Sullivan attempts to corral a trend in art today that spans graffiti and interior decoration.
Off the Wall
By GREG COOK  |  July 22, 2011
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Using art to transform the Harvard Museum of Natural History — for one night

While visiting Berlin's Museum Für Naturkunde, Boston architect Lisa Haber-Thomson felt a pang for a simpler era.
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By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 01, 2011
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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


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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
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Amy Stacey Curtis's Sixth Solo Biennial Exhibit

Jorge Luis Borges wrote, "Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire."
Time out
By ANNIE LARMON  |  October 15, 2010
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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
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Homer's home

A hundred years after his death, Winslow Homer is still making waves.
The PMA shows the Maine coastal artist at work
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 18, 2010
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Finding a niche

The DeCordova's sculpture; Judi Rotenberg's farewell
The DeCordova's sculpture; Judi Rotenberg's farewell
By GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2010


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Whitewash

“Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture in Classical Antiquity” presents striking evidence that the white marbles were once painted in bold Technicolor.
Can a striking exhibit at Harvard really make us see ancient Greek and Roman sculpture — and the roots of racism — as we never have before?
By GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007