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Abstract-Expressionist New England

"American Vanguards" at the Addison Gallery tells how a tiny group of New York friends — Stuart Davis, John Graham, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning "and their circle" — inspired by Picasso and Surrealism, exploded the last ties between Modernist painti

By GREG COOK  |  December 14, 2012
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Two fantastic new painters at Aucocisco

The hardest thing about starting an art career is finding your own voice.
Just getting started
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 14, 2012
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Science fiction at the List

One of the unsettling things about America today is how more and more people seem to think that evolution, global warming and math are matters of faith rather than evidence.

By GREG COOK  |  December 07, 2012
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''Elsewhere''

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
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Review: Headhunters

Roger (Aksel Hennie) is an Oslo yuppie with a gorgeous, blonde wife, a top-drawer job as a corporate headhunter, and a lucrative side employment stealing fancy paintings.
Slick entertainment
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 11, 2012
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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


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Richard Brown Lethem finds new playing fields

"One thing that's different about this show," Richard Brown Lethem tells me as we stand in the gallery where his paintings currently hang, "is that I'd never done a series before now. I've always tried to fit all the subject matter into one painting."
Content with the unknown
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 19, 2011
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Emily Klass at Craftland; China Blue at Newport Art Museum

The main motif of Emily Klass's pen and black ink drawings is circles.
Interpreting patterns
By GREG COOK  |  August 12, 2011
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Bill Manning's relationally intense paintings

Bill Manning has been a central figure in contemporary art hereabouts for something close to five decades.
No rules, just reasons
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 17, 2011

Review: Le Central

Their slogan is "Where the East Bay meets the Left Bank," and Le Central, in the middle of Bristol, usually does a fine job fulfilling the claim with more than good french fries. Gone are the days when the town had to settle for a Café La France on the
Cherchez la lunch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2011
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A Rackstraw Downes retrospective at the PMA

The first thing you notice about the Rackstraw Downes exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art is how abstract these paintings are.
Conceptual reality
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 21, 2011


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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
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Review: Light and heavy connections 'Between' Gail Spaien and Ahmed Alsoudani

Gravity, of course, is relative. The weight of a thing is meaningless without its pull toward another. This is especially evident at Aucocisco's November exhibition, where multiple thoughtful takes on the theme of gravity bind the works by Gail Spaien
In grave detail
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 19, 2010
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The surreal world

Corey Grayhorse offers a style of synthetic glitz that seems to channel our society’s plastic, superficial heart.
Dreamworks by Corey Grayhorse at AS220
By GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2010
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An expanding world

Housed in two galleries at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, “Methods for Modernism: Form and Color in American Art, 1900 to 1925” presents a healthy survey of works by artists featured in the two most definitive venues for introducing European modernis
Americans look at European modernism
By ANNIE LARMON  |  May 07, 2010
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Re-structuring

Three large oil paintings overwhelm the lobby at the Portland Museum of Art, introducing the show "Division and Discovery: Recent Works by Frederick Lynch," a beautiful and meditative collection found on the fourth floor of the museum.
A Frederick Lynch introspective at the PMA
By ANNIE LARMON  |  March 19, 2010


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Review: The Art Of The Steal

Henri Matisse once declared the Barnes Foundation "the only sane place to see art in America."
Art school meets a whole lot of crazy
By ALICIA POTTER  |  March 12, 2010
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Primitive soul

Anne Siems's paintings are time machines teleporting you back to the early days of our American republic. In her show at Walker Contemporary, the German-born, Seattle-based artist channels the endearing awkwardness of artists like John Brewster Jr., wh
Anne Siems and the folk revival
By GREG COOK  |  July 17, 2009
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Photos: Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex

Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex
"The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes" at the Peabody
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 26, 2009