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Sandcastles and sunspots: The year in art
It was a year of bracing histories — '60s assassinations, '80s pandemics, and four decades of hubris in Iraq. But 2012's best art wasn't all bad news.
| December 17, 2012
Bringing the exhibits to life at the PMA
Inside the galleries
This Friday, the Portland Museum of Art stages the last of this year's Artist Intervention series, a program launched in January 2012 in which local professional artists create on-site performances and installations to complement the visitor experience.
| December 05, 2012
'Fear No Art 4' at Fourth Wall
A highlight of "Fear No Art 4," the Fourth Wall Project's exhibit "promoting and exposing underground art" is organizer Marka27's own paintings.
| November 26, 2012
R.K. Project’s sprawling ‘Micro-Eutopia’
If you're looking for where art is headed, "Micro-Eutopia," the 19-artist show at Sam Keller and Tabitha Piseno's R.K. Projects (204 Westminster Street, Providence, through November 10), is a good place to start.
| October 17, 2012
Sorting through the CMCA’s Biennial
The 2012 Biennial exhibition at Center for Maine Contemporary Art collects seventeen artists: ten by submission, seven invited.
| October 10, 2012
Taking an observation on Winslow Homer’s oeuvre
"Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine," a show of more than 30 Homer works depicting Maine and the sea, commemorates the opening the newly-restored Homer studio on Prouts Neck.
| October 03, 2012
Ain't that America
Sassy signs, obsessive patterns, and more
The bad news of this season is that the sharp-eyed folks behind R.K. Projects will be closing up shop in November after their fall exhibits, which include a group of Providence psychedelics and site-specific installations in Pawtucket (461 Main St from October 5-7).
| September 12, 2012
Melding classic with unconventional
If the stuff of the greatest magnitude in established art circles can usually be found at the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART , that truism is especially valid this fall, when the museum reveals a cluster of Winslow Homer retrospectives to celebrate the restoration of the Maine painter's studio in Prouts Neck.
| September 12, 2012
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
Os Gêmeos delight and provoke
Fox 25 viewers are in a tizzy about Brazilian graffiti stars Os Gêmeos's seven-story mural depicting a giant masked guy in Boston's Dewey Square after Fox Boston asked on Facebook Saturday: "What does it look like to you?"
| August 10, 2012
Performance art about ICP
Juggalo fan club
For the sixth project in his ongoing "Pop Star" series, New York performance artist Neal Medlyn takes on the Insane Clown Posse, the illustrious Detroit horrorcore rap duo.
| August 08, 2012
SPACE wallpaper plays tricks with the eye
It’s a jungle in there
As one of its most brilliant venues celebrates its 10th anniversary, Portland is treated to one of the most colorful and engaging art shows of the summer.
| August 01, 2012
Mass MoCa finds another country of art
These days you often hear how the Web has made everything more accessible, how the art world is flat, how the art capitals no longer have a monopoly on ideas and whatnot.
| July 25, 2012
Salt students peek just around the corner
Looking into new worlds
Sometimes a painting can only take you so far.
| June 27, 2012
At the Museum of Fine Art
| 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
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.
| 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.
| June 05, 2012
Meeting ‘Strangers’ at Fryeburg’s Pace Galleries
The facts of figures
Fittingly set in Fryeburg Academy's still relatively unknown Pace Galleries — a lovely showroom built on the annex of the school's Performing Arts Center in 2009 — "Strangers and Others" is a complex, mysterious, and densely packed assembly of figurative works.
| May 30, 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.
| May 23, 2012
Slideshow: Recent works by Alex Lukas at Steven Zevitas Gallery
From April 19–June 2, 2012
Recent work by Alex Lukas are on display at Steven Zevitas Gallery from April 19 to June 2, 2012.
| May 18, 2012
Printmaking continues to matter
Paper, ink, and pressure
Essential to printmaking, and non-digital photography, is the frustrating, annoying time lapse between the creation of the matrix and the final image.
| May 16, 2012
Alex Lukas’s post-apocalyptic landscapes, plus the New Topographics of Barbara Bosworth and Stephen Tourlentes
The skies are seared gray and scuffed by clouds that could be smoke from toxic fires along the horizon.
| May 16, 2012
The McMillans’ video installatons are open to interpretation
Some assembly required
Megan and Murray McMillan's videos unfold with dream logic.
| May 08, 2012
Emily Nelligan inspires at Bowdoin
My friend the late Sidney Tillim has been much on my mind in recent weeks.
| May 09, 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.
| May 01, 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
Matt Rich and Zoe Perry-Wood
If street art made a baby with Frank Stella's 1960s geometric abstractions, the offspring would look something like Matt Rich's show "Ghost Muscle" at Samson (450 Harrison Ave Boston, through April 28).
| April 13, 2012
‘#Occupy’ at Yellow Peril; Roger Shimomura at RIC
The art world and the Occupy movement have a somewhat awkward relationship.
| March 27, 2012
SLIDESHOW: ''Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art'' at the Peabody Essex Museum
On view January 14, 2012 to April 29, 2012
Selections from "Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art", which is on display at the Peabody Essex Museum from January 14, 2012 to April 29, 2012.
| March 28, 2012
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