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"It Doesn't Show Signs of Stopping" at AS220 Project Space
“The racism, particularly how it affects black and brown people, it’s devastating,” artist Nafis White says. “And it makes me angry. Even as a woman and a black woman in Providence, I am profiled. The whole situation is infuriating.”
| December 18, 2013
Life after death
William Schaff and Meredith Younger's "Bearing Witness" at 186 Carpenter
“In our culture in general, we have all these twisted ideas of how you’re supposed to deal with death,” Meredith Younger said when I visited “Bearing Witness,” a poignant art installation and a shrine to the dead.
| December 11, 2013
Midnight winter wonderlands
Works by Leigh Tarentino, plus Duane Slick and Andrew Nixon
Leigh Tarentino’s paintings make you feel the hush and chill of a crisp December night. And the wonder, too.
| December 04, 2013
A dazzling passage to India
Jeff and Gurli Lovinger's 'Looking East' at URI Providence
“The first thing I said to myself is, ‘This is an amazing picture. I have to get this,’ ” Jeff Lovinger recalls of his photo of a woman seated in a block-long market in Mysore, India.
| November 26, 2013
Ready for their close-ups
'Andy Warhol's "Screen Tests" ' at the RISD Museum
“Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests ” showcases 20 short films he made between 1964 and ’66 of his Factory studio “superstars” and celebrated artists, writers, and musicians.
| November 20, 2013
Vincent Valdez's 'The Strangest Fruit' at Brown's Bell Gallery
A shrine — that’s how Vincent Valdez’s exhibit “The Strangest Fruit” is laid out .
| November 13, 2013
Beauty and anxiety
Paul Myoda's "Glittering Machines" at Yellow Peril
Paul Myoda’s “Glittering Machines” resemble probe droids arriving from the future.
| November 06, 2013
Looking inward and outward
Andrea Lynn Santos's 'Asylum' at GRIN; Stephan Brigidi's 'The City' at Gallery Z
Andrea Lynn Santos’s art feels as if it’s tuning into some secret magic in the natural world.
| October 30, 2013
Scuzzy, cynical parables
Chris Kilduff's comics and works by Emily Coxe at AS220 Project Space
Chris Kilduff’s comics are scuzzy and barbed and vaguely disreputable the way punk comics are meant to be.
| October 23, 2013
From we the people to land of liberty
"Making It In America" at the RISD Museum
The question of what the United States means snakes through “Making It In America” at the RISD Museum.
| October 16, 2013
A sense of place
Nitkiewicz and Moses's "Dry Socket"; and works by Andrew Jacob
“Dry Socket,” Alison Nitkiewicz and Julia Moses’s installation at 186 Carpenter Street, feels like a futuristic goth cathedral erected in some sci-fi flick like, say, 'Blade Runner.'
| October 09, 2013
Beds and flowers and metaphysics
Works by Leah Poller, Leslie Bostrom, and Steven Pestana
Some years back, New York artist Leah Poller was injured when a bronze sculpture she was working on fell on her. It left her temporarily bedridden, and got her thinking about what beds mean in our lives.
| October 02, 2013
A visionary streak
RIC's 'Annual Faculty Exhibition'; Donnamaria Bruton at Cade Tompkins
The “Annual Faculty Exhibition” at Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery exemplifies the visionary streak apparent in an intriguing show.
| September 26, 2013
Sam Merritt at Machines with Magnets; Rebecca Adams at AS220
Fandom is the spark for Sam Merritt’s ebullient show “What Fills Our Time” at Machines With Magnets. She seems to be mulling how we find ourselves, define ourselves, and dream up ourselves based on inspirations from celebrities.
| September 18, 2013
Fall Arts Preview: Vivid visions
Warhol's 'Screen Tests'; plus, graffiti owls and creepy machines
“What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment,” Andy Warhol wrote of his 'Screen Tests.'
| September 11, 2013
A master, remembered
'Thomas Sgouros: Drawn to Paint,' at Woods-Gerry
In the early 1990s, Thomas Sgouros began to lose his sight. He had been an illustrator and a painter of fine art landscapes and still lifes. Macular degeneration would be the end of many artists’ work, but as the center of his vision failed and he was left with just snatches of peripheral vision, he launched on a new series of paintings in 1992.
| September 11, 2013
'Locally Sourced' keeps it light at Craftland
How do we define local art? It seems like a simple question, but immediately you start asking: Must it be made here? By artists who live here? Do you include art made by folks who live in, say, New York but teach at RISD? Or art made by people who grew up here? Or once lived here?
| September 04, 2013
More is less
RISD's 'Locally Made' only scratches the surface
If the RISD Museum’s “Locally Made” is a warm-up for a more significant engagement with art made around these parts, then I’m okay with it.
| August 28, 2013
Provocative new work at Grin and Yellow Peril
Getting immersed in a sense of ritual and the physical drama of elemental forces in tension.
| August 21, 2013
Fantasy and reality
Mary Jane Begin's ponies and McDonald Wright's jazz
'My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea' is the story Mary Jane Begin was born to illustrate.
| August 14, 2013
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