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JUST ANNOUNCED: Christopher Bedford named new director for Rose Art Museum

Introducing the Rose's first director since 2009
Christopher Bedford, the 35-year-old chief curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, has been named the next director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 13, 2012


Hartley’s Gloucester; plus, Cristi Rinklin

Dogtown genius
Marsden Hartley returned to Gloucester in 1931 like so many traditional painters making the summer pilgrimage to the city's shores and fishing wharves, except he was part of Alfred Stieglitz's Modernist circle in New York, had imbibed French Cubism in Paris and German Expressionism in Berlin, and was a friend of Gertrude Stein and Wassily Kandinsky.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 11, 2012

Walter Addison’s artistic menagerie at Cade Tompkins Projects

Call of the ‘wild’
Walter Addison's paintings transport you back in time, to the jazzy hopping New York of the years bookending World War II.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 02, 2012


''Let’s Talk about Bikes'' at the BSA Space

Pedal power
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.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 02, 2012


Josiah McElheny’s cosmos at the ICA

In 2000, when Josiah McElheny attended his first performance at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, he was wowed by the auditorium's 1966 midcentury modern "starburst" chandeliers.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 29, 2012


Natalie Gruppuso’s ‘Love and Equality’ at Yellow Peril

Happily ever after (finally)
When the Massachusetts Supreme Court approved gay marriage, I covered one of the first gay weddings there as a reporter in 2004.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2012


‘Rolemodelplaytime’ at Brown’s Bell Gallery

Serious fun
Randy Regier's Dime Star is a story about disappointment. A traveling salesman's sample cases are stacked up, displaying vintage '60s (looking) toys — a "Dime Star" space cowboy policeman and his human-headed space horse, wristwatches ("Shows exact time twice a day — anywhere in the world"), a clock.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 19, 2012


‘Homecoming’ at Brown’s List Art Center

Body works
A sign of a thriving art community is its influence, the way other artists adopt and adapt its looks and methods and thinking.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 13, 2012


P.E.M. misses Ansel Adams's big picture

In the last gallery of "Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge" (at the Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, through October 8 on their site) hang three impressively giant photographs.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 12, 2012


Markham Starr’s ‘In History’s Wake’; and Linda Nagaoka

The seafaring life
Living here near the coast, commercial fishing is never far away, but it can seem otherworldly, like an old romantic myth that surprisingly turns out to still be true.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 05, 2012


Jasper Johns cools it

Secret sharer
The title of Jasper Johns's 1975 painting The Dutch Wives refers to a slang term for, alternately, a prostitute or sex doll or a glory hole.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 01, 2012


‘Traces: Persistent & Fleeting’; and Kathy Halper’s ‘POS’

All the small things
Jon Laustsen's new Lilliputian-scaled sculpture is a shack made of wooden shipping pallets precariously balanced atop a stack of more shipping pallets and a familiar real estate yard sale sign rejiggered to read "21st Century/For Sale."
By: GREG COOK  |  May 29, 2012


The ‘2012 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition’

Stars on parade
The star, literally, of the "2012 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition," the school's annual showcase of its graduating graduate student talent at the Rhode Island Convention Center is James Franco.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 23, 2012


Alex Lukas’s post-apocalyptic landscapes, plus the New Topographics of Barbara Bosworth and Stephen Tourlentes

Doom sayer
The skies are seared gray and scuffed by clouds that could be smoke from toxic fires along the horizon.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 16, 2012


‘Quigley’s Magic Show’; and Marguerite Keyes’s miniatures

Brain storms
"Quigley's Magic Show" at Buonaccorsi + Agniel (1 Sims Ave, unit 102, Providence, through June 9) is a psychedelic creature double feature by Providence wife and husband team Kyla and James (Gunsho) Quigley.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 15, 2012


The McMillans’ video installatons are open to interpretation

Some assembly required
Megan and Murray McMillan's videos unfold with dream logic.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 08, 2012


Watertown vs. Walmart

Thinking Outside the Big Box
Some 75 people stand holding signs along Watertown's Arsenal Street on Saturday morning as Mike Mandel shouts their goal: to keep Walmart from moving in up the road.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2012


Daria Tessler at Craftland; AS220’s ‘Delicate Shudder’

‘Realm’ of wonder
The realm of Daria Tessler's "In the Realm of the Seedkeepers," an exhibit of drawings at Craftland, seems to be an often hushed, mystical place.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2012


Alex Katz’s MFA retrospective is no abstraction

Keeping it real
When Alex Katz launched his career as a realist painter in the 1950s, it was a daring move.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2012


Photography ‘In Character’ at the Addison

Photography is always seducing us with its whispered promise that what you see is what you get.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 25, 2012


‘Distillation’ at RIC; Salvatore Mancini at Candita Clayton

The purity of paint
At first, the approaches of abstract painters Lisa Russell and Mary Bucci McCoy can appear opposite.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 17, 2012

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