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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.”
By: GREG COOK  |  August 27, 2014

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2014

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 06, 2014

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Beauty and ruin

Agustín Patiño’s astonishing "Metropolis" at Studio Z
You’ve surely seen Providence painter Agustín Patiño’s work.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 30, 2014

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Evolving perspectives

Florence Leif at Bert Gallery; plus, works by Folz and Krumm
Somewhere around the 1950s, Florence Leif drastically changed her style.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2014

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 16, 2014



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Seeing anew

Experiencing the RISD Museum's renovated galleries
The aim of the RISD Museum’s eight newly renovated galleries for its permanent collection of fashion and Egyptian and Asian art seems to be “quiet contemplation.”
By: GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2014

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 25, 2014

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2014

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'Very Providencey'

"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.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2014

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History lesson

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.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2014



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Revealing transformations

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.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 28, 2014

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2014

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 14, 2014

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At arm's length

Brown University's "250th Alumni Exhibition Park 2"
P hotographer Taryn Simon gets amazing access to places/
By: GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2014

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 30, 2014



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Personal politics

Meredith Stern's 'Generations | 8 Chapters Blooming' at AS220 Project Space
M eredith Stern creates dreamy fables.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 23, 2014

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Perfectly human

'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.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 16, 2014

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The last frontier

'Buried Ice' at 186 Carpenter
They say that temperatures in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica haven’t been above freezing in millennia.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 02, 2014

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Assured abstractions

"We Don't Make Mistakes" at the Chazan Gallery
“The golden age of abstraction is right now,” ARTnews informed me last spring.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2014
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