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Institute of Contemporary Art
Sign painter: Los Angeles painter Ed Ruscha
There's no denying that Los Angeles painter Ed Ruscha is one of the preeminent artists of the past half-century. But do I have to like him?
| March 19, 2013
Painting beyond the stretcher at the deCordova
"Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher" at the deCordova is a smart, sinewy examination of 18 artists who make "painting-as-sculpture and vice versa."
| February 13, 2013
Natasha Mayers’s wide-ranging vision
Postcards from the conscience
For outspoken artist and activist Natasha Mayers, art, politics, and life are seamlessly interconnected for mutual benefit.
| February 13, 2013
Black female power: Mickalene Thomas's paintings
Mickalene Thomas's paintings teleport us to a black-is-beautiful American 1960s and '70s.
| January 11, 2013
SLIDESHOW: Works by Os Gêmeos at the ICA
Through November 25, 2012
The ICA Boston hosts works by Os Gêmeos, on display through November 25, 2012.
| August 08, 2012
Review: Portrait of Wally
Somewhere in the slog of Andrew Shea's Portrait of Wally is a devastating story of institutionalized extortion and its victims.
| June 19, 2012
Local artist contemplates the Arab Spring
Breaking the yolk of tradition
Alina Gallo, a MECA MFA alumna with an academic background in writing and literature, is the artist behind "Rising," a modestly sized but stimulating collection of interpretive works — call them studies — that re-envision intersections of Western and Islamic culture both recent and ancient.
| June 20, 2012
Review: Double Trouble
Inept martial arts comedy
David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
| June 05, 2012
A contemporary artist shows one way forward
Painting past and future
There are many different ways to talk about Lesley Vance's paintings, yet we don't really have the right words yet.
| April 18, 2012
God listens to Santorum's speech
The Almighty follows the progress of the GOP candidates.
| March 12, 2012
Portrait of Hitler as a young man
What if Hitler had continued his art career?
| January 17, 2012
Review: The Mill and the Cross
Clever CGI allows the effective recreation of a 16th century Flanders.
| October 18, 2011
'Degas and the Nude' at MFA
Baby got back
A splendid survey of a modern master as well as girls, girls, girls.
| October 12, 2011
They're probably all cartoonists, now.
| September 06, 2011
Photos: Swoon Art Wall at the ICA
Art Wall Installation | Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art hosts a long-term art wall installation by Swoon, a.ka. Caledonia Curry.
| September 01, 2011
Painting – and video – of the American landscape
"Painting the American Vision" — 45 rapturous paintings from the New York Historical Society — surveys the Hudson River School painters, dubbed for the upstate New York river where they spent their summers prospecting for sights to transform into ravishing canvases in their Manhattan studios each winter.
| August 02, 2011
Slideshow: ''Painting the American Vision'' at the Peabody Essex; ''Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video'' at the Currier Museum of Art
"Painting the American Vision": Though Nov 6, 2011 | "Shifting Terrain": Through Sep 18, 2011
This slideshow of images from "Painting the American Vision" at the Peabody Essex Museum and "Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video" at the Currier Museum of Art accompanies Greg Cook's review of both exhibits, "Painting — and video — of the American landscape."
| August 02, 2011
Review: Kovac's ''Comfortable Distance'; Kurt's ''Sex Objects''
Covered up, stripped down
In Delia Kovac's painting Semi Self-Portrait As a Ski Mask , the eyes stare out of the cartooned mask doleful and maybe a bit bonkers, while the mouth hole is empty.
| June 21, 2011
Painter and sculptor converse at CMCA
An unlikely pairing
Paintings by Elizabeth Cashin McMillen and sculptures by Duane Paluska currently share the main gallery at the Center for Maine Contemporary in Rockport.
| June 10, 2011
Louise Marianetti at Bert Gallery; plus, Brian Knep at RISD
Into the mystic
The starched woman in Louise Marianetti's 1942 painting holds a copy of the libretto to Verdi's Aida . Her blonde ringlets are decorated with flowers, a pair of blue birds, and a veil. But what sticks with you how she stares with her eerie blue eyes.
| February 01, 2011
Review: ''American Gothic'' painter Grant Wood gets to leave the closet
Who was Grant Wood? Millions of Americans know him as the artist who painted American Gothic — and that's about it. But since his death, from pancreatic cancer, in 1942, he's become the poster boy for the right and the whipping boy of the left.
| January 07, 2011
Review: It's no joke: Grant Wood is truly a great artist
America's best-kept secret?
Even if the name isn't instantly familiar, the painting will be. You've seen it on billboards, on magazine covers from Mad to Time , in Charles Addams cartoons, on Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live.
| January 07, 2011
Review: Roustan at AS220; and 'Seeing Through Lines'
Objects and abstracts
Paul Roustan is a virtuoso painter of odd subjects. Namely, the Pawtucket artist airbrushes makeup directly onto the naked bodies of fit models, which he presents in photographs.
| December 08, 2010
Review: Bangor artist Kenny Cole lights the 'Hellfire' at SPACE Gallery
When there's smoke
"The Hellfire Story" is a tough pill to swallow.
| November 24, 2010
Slideshow: Yamile Pardo and Edel Bordon at Galeria Cubana
Yamile Pardo and Edel Bordon | Galeria Cubana | Through December 12, 2010
Husband and wife Edel Bordon and Yamile Pardo showcase their artwork at Galeria Cubana through December 12, 2010.
YAMILE PARDO AND EDEL BORDON
| November 15, 2010
Review: Patrick Corrigan's dueling creations at Gallery 37-A
It's probably safe to say Patrick Corrigan went through a surrealist phase.
| October 07, 2010
Peter Max's pop life
The artist on fame, Andy Warhol, and the 'complete freedom' of his expression
Peter Max rocketed to fame as one of the iconic psychedelic artists of the late '60s.
| August 18, 2010
Tavares Strachan's rockets, plus 'The Boat Show' at Drive By, and 'Sensed, Unseen' at GASP
In Tavares Strachan's video The Rocket Launch (2009), two black men in white chemical suits load sugar cane into the back of a three-wheeled mini-truck, then drive down a palm-tree-lined road to a run-down building labeled Bahamas Aerospace and Sea Exploration Center.
| June 23, 2010
Review: Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
Linking movies and Cubist painting
Picasso seems to have done so, though preferring Chaplin slapstick and cowboy silents to artsy fare, and biographers place him at several screenings of Lumière shorts.
| June 24, 2010
Art in the air conditioning
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
| June 16, 2010
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