The Phoenix Network:
Museum And Gallery
Between realism and abstraction
Andrew Paul Woolbright's "ShrineBeast" at Yellow Peril
Can sentiment be “an act of political resistance”?
| October 01, 2014
A 'Safe Space' at AS220 Project Space; 'The Queer Communities in Print Portfolio' at 186 Carpenter
“Be careful in the dang tent!”
| September 24, 2014
Digging in the dust
Exploring John Jenks's "Lost" Museum at Brown
What do we preserve? And why?
| September 03, 2014
Life is a carnival
The RISD Museum's "Circus" goes behind the big top
To run away with the circus — it’s a glamorous metaphor for “leaving a dull life for a colorful one.”
| August 27, 2014
A world gone wrong
Lesser at AS220 project Space; and new Providence Art Windows
The skies always seem threatening in Jennifer Hrabota Lesser’s paintings.
| August 20, 2014
Outward and inward
Samuel Denoncour's "This Is Land" at GRIN; Toby Barnes's "Altared States" at Yellow Peril
A couple years or so back, Samuel Denoncour spent a year traveling alone across these United States.
| August 06, 2014
Beauty and ruin
Agustín Patiño’s astonishing "Metropolis" at Studio Z
You’ve surely seen Providence painter Agustín Patiño’s work.
| July 30, 2014
Florence Leif at Bert Gallery; plus, works by Folz and Krumm
Somewhere around the 1950s, Florence Leif drastically changed her style.
| July 23, 2014
Doodles, lights, and dreams
Prouty, Sanchez, and Perry at AS220
Gibson Prouty has found a muse — classic yellow pencils with pink erasers on the end.
| July 16, 2014
Brightness and darkness
Leah Piepgras’s intriguing “¡SuperVision!” at GRIN
Constellations of mirror ball clouds dangle from the ceiling on pink cords at the center of the room and slowly rotate and sparkle. You’re invited to peer though weird, lumpy crystal-telescope-things.
| June 25, 2014
Fighting the power
James Montford's confrontational art
It was around 1983 when Providence artist James Montford and a friend posed as photographers to check out the Ku Klux Klan rally in Norwalk, Connecticut.
| June 18, 2014
"Going Nowhere" showcases Brown alumni who stuck around
“World building” is an idea that percolates — perhaps unconsciously — through the visionary end of the Providence art scene.
| June 11, 2014
Works by Nancy Elizabeth Prophet; "Nonspace" at GRIN
The portrait of the sculptor Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960) that emerges from the small exhibit “Delicious Sensation of Rightness,” at the John Brown House, is fuzzy.
| June 04, 2014
New works by Dan Butler and Judith Klausner
Seeing Dan Butler’s drawings and prints, you can imagine him talking long rambling strolls around cities and whipping out his sketchbook here and there to jot down impressions of old street lamps and bridges and other brawny urban constructions of America from the Gilded Age to World War II.
| May 28, 2014
A diverse display
Eight standouts at the "RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2014"
It’s impressive and a bit daunting when the national art education powerhouse opens its doors to reveal what it’s been up to.
| May 21, 2014
Creativity turned inside out
Dean Snyder's sculptural reinventions at Cade Tompkins
There’s a sneaky, sinister intelligence behind the seductive gorgeousness of Dean Snyder’s recent sculptures of pitcher-plant-like blooms and alien pods and oozing swamps.
| May 14, 2014
At arm's length
Brown University's "250th Alumni Exhibition Park 2"
P hotographer Taryn Simon gets amazing access to places/
| May 07, 2014
Razzle-dazzle and bedazzled
McPherson's 'Hot Salad' and Wester's 'DISCOurse #1: Pinup'
One of the things that still gets me about how we tell the history of art of the past century or so in America is how New York-centric it remains.
| April 30, 2014
Meredith Stern's 'Generations | 8 Chapters Blooming' at AS220 Project Space
M eredith Stern creates dreamy fables.
| April 23, 2014
'Graphic Design: Now In Production' at the RISD Museum
Sometimes I think you can understand everything about our society today by considering it through two themes — the perfection of technology versus the messily human handmade.
| April 16, 2014
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