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The Seeker

 Salvatore Mancini’s quest for elemental connections
Salvatore Mancini has photographed factories along the Blackstone River Valley to record a local history of the Industrial Revolution.
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2010
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Majestic mysteries

Intriguing installations by Lowe, Elston, and Younger
Though your brain knows better, you can’t help getting the feeling that the moon sitting in the RISD Museum’s Farago Gallery has floated down from space.
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010
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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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Random stuff

Versteeg’s ‘In advance of Another Thing,’ ‘Sitings 2010’ at RISD
If you were going to create a portrait of the Internet, what would it look like?
By GREG COOK  |  April 28, 2010
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Open to interpretation

‘Abstraction in Providence’ at RIC’s Bannister Gallery
For decades, abstraction dominated avant-garde discourse, as painters worked to break art down to its basic elements, stripping away more and more of what seemed necessary to a painting, and then stripping away even more.
By GREG COOK  |  March 31, 2010
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Ravishing beauty

‘Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line’ at the RISD Museum
The wreckage at the end of Modernist art's main thrust is the starting point for "Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line," a four-decade retrospective of the New Yorker's drawings at the RISD Museum.
By GREG COOK  |  March 17, 2010

Border patrol

Off the Couch
Good stuff from Woonsocket to Newport
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 10, 2010

Political pig pile

Kennedy sets off a free-for-all; bad news for Loughlin and Dennigan
For some time now, we at Casa Diablo have been aware of what is either a heinous conspiracy involving the timing of local news revelations or just another unfair law of nature.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 24, 2010

5 Traverse is shutting its doors

Adventurous art is getting harder to find in Providence
Last week 5 Traverse gallery announced that it was closing.
By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2010
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How birds got their songs

Film
Wakinyan RedShirt has made three films in his life: Lego Star Wars , Bionicle Heroes , and The Wolf Show . But perhaps his greatest flick, he says, is his latest.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 03, 2010
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The ‘business’ of art

Carey Young’s ‘Uncertain Contracts’ at the RISD Museum
You could be forgiven if you sometimes thought that corporations are the root of what's wrong with the United States.
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2009
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2009: Worth another look

The gallery highlights of 2009
The lousy economy hit home this year as Stairwell Gallery in Providence and Yes Gallery in Warren closed their doors.
By GREG COOK  |  December 22, 2009
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Lasting impressions

RISD’s ‘The Brilliant Line’ details the history of engraving
The Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries didn't become known as the European age of rebirth for nothing.
By GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2009

Providence Fall Preview Listings 2009

Music, theater, art, festivals and more in the coming months
A page of listings for local music, theater, art, festivals and more this fall.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 17, 2009
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Take a look

New spaces and fresh faces
A year ago the future looked bright as the RISD Museum debuted its shiny new Chace Center.
By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2009
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Dark and light sides of pleasure

Kirsten Hassenfeld's place of "endless plenty" at Bell Gallery
"I want to create a place where people can take a little vacation from reality," Brooklyn artist Kirsten Hassenfeld has said. "I'm interested in going to a place where there is no want, only endless plenty." In "Recent Sculpture," her exhibit at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College Street, Providence, through November 1), she succeeds magnificently.
By GREG COOK  |  September 02, 2009

Short-sighted?

The Projo 's ultra-local approach could save the paper — or spell its demise
There may, in the end, be no way to save the American metropolitan newspaper. Plummeting advertising revenue and competition from the Internet often seem forces too daunting for even the savviest of publishers.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 26, 2009

RISD's hope-less situation

Outrage over the Alswang 'Resignation.' Plus, too many sad passings
On August 3 it was announced by the Rhode Island School of Design that Hope Alswang had resigned as the director of the RISD Museum. Those who have followed the coverage of this story may be somewhat confused by the revelation that absolutely everyone acknowledged that Alswang was a superlative museum director and that absolutely no one involved in the arts scene at RISD or in the state of Vo Dilun thinks that she voluntarily "resigned." It was said that she loved the job, and the vague announcement that Alswang left to "pursue other opportunities" sounds as suspicious as elected officials dropping out of election campaigns to "spend more time with their families."
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 12, 2009
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Artful dodger

Keep the RISD Museum open in August! Plus, the weirdness on C Street.
Phillipe and Jorge are quite disappointed to see that the Rhode Island School of Design Museum will be closing for the month of August, largely due to its endowment being down due to the economic recession.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 15, 2009
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Summer buffet

'Nature/Artifice' at the RISD Museum
"Nature/Artifice" at the RISD Museum (224 Benefit Street, Providence, through February 2010) feels summery, but it's not like lite beach reading. I think it has to do with the one-room show's crisp, fresh feel and the platform full of flip-flops.
By GREG COOK  |  July 07, 2009
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Slideshow: Marcel Breuer at RISD

"Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture" at RISD Museum through July 19
The RISD Museum presents "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture," a major retrospective of the late Bauhaus designer's furniture and buildings, through July 19.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 27, 2009
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Ticket to ride

Lyon and Blasser's 'Sound and Light'
Raphael Lyon tells me a story about "Sound and Light," his collaborative installation with Baltimore's Peter Blasser at Stairwell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 21, 2009
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The Chair Man

A major Breuer retrospective opens at RISD
It is one of the icons of 20th-century design. What distinguishes Marcel Breuer's B34 armchair from 1928 is its materials (fabric seats slung between steel tubing) and the lack of rear legs.
By GREG COOK  |  April 27, 2009
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One shining moment

Fairhaven grab the brass ring at the 'BRU rock hunt
Fairhaven won a tight race at the 2009 WBRU Rock Hunt Finals at Lupo's on April 4.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 07, 2009
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Lows, highs, and middles

A mixed bag at the RISD Museum
Yousuf Karsh is one of the giants of portrait photography.
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009
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A Visual Buffet

A visual buffet sampling RISD's faculty; Laska and Kupferschmidt at Stairwell.
The RISD Museum offers work by more than 175 staffers in its "RISD Biennial Faculty Exhibition 2009."
By GREG COOK  |  February 25, 2009
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Worth another look

Intriguing views of a warped world
In 2008, real estate and jobs dominated local art news.
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2008

Off the Couch: Get Cozy

Cool Collective at RISD's Chace Center
Cool Collective at RISD's Chace Center
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 11, 2008

Men for all seasons

Op-ed gems discovered in the incredible shrinking Other Paper
It looks like the Urinal may not have spell-check or editors anymore, judging from the scant review it appears recent headlines and copy have been given by those writing letters to the editor.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 03, 2008
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Culture crunch

From Trinity Rep to Festival Ballet to Gallery Z, the creative community strives to overcome economic challenges
"Since the market crash," says Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, "we've watched our ticket sales, which had been doing well, hit a wall. Almost like a cartoon animal — splat. Then we started pushing the discount ticket sales and things started to move again."
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2008

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