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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.
By GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2012
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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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 05, 2012
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'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.
By GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2012
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R.K. Project’s sprawling ‘Micro-Eutopia’

Ambitious abstractions
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.
By GREG COOK  |  October 17, 2012
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Sorting through the CMCA’s Biennial


The 2012 Biennial exhibition at Center for Maine Contemporary Art collects seventeen artists: ten by submission, seven invited.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 10, 2012
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Taking an observation on Winslow Homer’s oeuvre

Blown away
"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.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 03, 2012
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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).
By GREG COOK  |  September 12, 2012
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Melding classic with unconventional

Coming Home(r)
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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 12, 2012
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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
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Os Gêmeos delight and provoke

Brazilian surprises
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?"
By GREG COOK  |  August 10, 2012
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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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 08, 2012
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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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 01, 2012
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Mass MoCa finds another country of art

Defining Canada
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.
By GREG COOK  |  July 25, 2012
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Salt students peek just around the corner

Looking into new worlds
Sometimes a painting can only take you so far.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 27, 2012
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At the Museum of Fine Art

Hoopleville
Art criticism.
By DAVID KISH  |  June 19, 2012
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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
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P.E.M. misses Ansel Adams's big picture

Symphonist
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
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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
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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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 30, 2012
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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
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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.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 18, 2012
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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.
By BRITTA KONAU  |  May 16, 2012
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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
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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
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Emily Nelligan inspires at Bowdoin

Seriously committed
My friend the late Sidney Tillim has been much on my mind in recent weeks.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 09, 2012
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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
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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
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Matt Rich and Zoe Perry-Wood

Fascinating rhythms
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).
By GREG COOK  |  April 13, 2012
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‘#Occupy’ at Yellow Peril; Roger Shimomura at RIC

Artist’s statements
The art world and the Occupy movement have a somewhat awkward relationship.
By GREG COOK  |  March 27, 2012
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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.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 28, 2012

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