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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?
By GREG COOK  |  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."
By GREG COOK  |  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.
By BRITTA KONAU  |  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.
By GREG COOK  |  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.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 08, 2012

Review: Portrait of Wally

Institutionalized extortion
Somewhere in the slog of Andrew Shea's Portrait of Wally is a devastating story of institutionalized extortion and its victims.
By MILES HOWARD  |  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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 20, 2012
Film Review: Double Trouble

Review: Double Trouble

Inept martial arts comedy
David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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.
By BRITTA KONAU  |  April 18, 2012

God listens to Santorum's speech

The Almighty follows the progress of the GOP candidates.
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 12, 2012

Portrait of Hitler as a young man

What if Hitler had continued his art career?
By KARL STEVENS  |  January 17, 2012
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Review: The Mill and the Cross

Conceptually confusing
Clever CGI allows the effective recreation of a 16th century Flanders.
By GERALD PEARY  |  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.
By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2011

Starving artists-in-training

They're probably all cartoonists, now.
By KARL STEVENS  |  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.
By JOEL VEAK  |  September 01, 2011
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Painting – and video – of the American landscape

Manifest destiny
"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.
By GREG COOK  |  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."
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  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.
By GREG COOK  |  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.
By BRITTA KONAU  |  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.
By GREG COOK  |  February 01, 2011

Review: ''American Gothic'' painter Grant Wood gets to leave the closet

American gay
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.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  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.
By GREG COOK  |  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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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.
By YAMILE PARDO AND EDEL BORDON  |  November 15, 2010

Review: Patrick Corrigan's dueling creations at Gallery 37-A

Story storage
It's probably safe to say Patrick Corrigan went through a surrealist phase.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  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.
By GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2010

Unholy contraptions

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.
By GREG COOK  |  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.
By GERALD PEARY  |  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.
By GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2010

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