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Top 10 New England Art Exhibits of 2010

Art – and art spaces — of all sizes
Art – and art spaces — of all sizes
By GREG COOK  |  December 21, 2010

The Best Boston Dance Stories of 2010

Tradition, innovation, and (loving) parody animated the year's dance
Some of the past year's most interesting dance events recaptured iconic moments in our history, either as usable texts for today's dancers or as a springboard into reinterpretation, parody, and nostalgia.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 21, 2010

The schlock opera of Peaches Christ Superstar

The last rubber
Peaches calls me from Berlin.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 07, 2010

The museum-building boom continues

What's happening at the Gardner and at Harvard
What's happening at the Gardner and at Harvard
By JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2010

Review: Rubberbandance at the ICA

Slinks and kinks
Hip-hop, in common with tap dancing, can look like a succession of tricks when it's not grounded by a story or a great personality.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 28, 2010

Can you love Boston art and still love the Foster Prize?

And what happened to the Morgan Prize?
When I roam Boston galleries or stumble upon Brandon Nastanski's "Unofficial Franklin Park Research Outpost," I feel the buzz of potential.
By GREG COOK  |  October 05, 2010

Review: Caitlin Corbett, Daniel McCusker, and Kelley Donovan at the ICA

Sound and fury
The title of Daniel McCusker's premiere at the Institute of Contemporary Art last weekend was Hidden Noise , but the sound template for the five works on the program was noise in plain earshot.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 05, 2010

Fall Art Preview: Rising to the challenge

Museums, galleries, and artists ready for fall shows
Last weekend’s Block Party was a charming and invigorating celebration of Portland’s art community. The interactive evening, spearheaded by SPACE Gallery, set an ambitious standard for what’s to come on the art front rounding out this year.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 15, 2010

Fall Art Preview: Heavy construction

Boston museums take off their hard hats
Over the past decade, museum building has boomed across the region.
By GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2010

Fall Dance Preview: Kick up your heels!

Dance around town
Fall dance starts at the very beginning, which is a very good place to start, with Doug Elkins and Friends’ hilarious send-up of The Sound of Music , and continues straight through to the brink of the holiday season with an authentic Gypsy “Ole!” from a pair of flamenco cousins.
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 16, 2010

Slideshow: Charles LeDray at the ICA

"Charles LeDray: Workworkworkworkwork," now at the ICA through October 17, 2010
A preview of the ICA's new show, "Charles LeDray: Workworkworkworkwork"

Something borrowed

Beth Lipman and Kirsten Hassenfeld at MECA's ICA
"Bride" stands tall as the leading lady at the Institute of Contemporary Art's current two-woman exhibit "A Meticulous Ferment," a five-tiered pastry of sculpture glittering with as much opulence, self-importance, and fragility as the title might suggest.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 29, 2010

Art in the air conditioning

Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
By GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2010

Still life

Disfarmer at the ICA
Nobody knew very much about Mike Disfarmer. Even his name was a fabrication.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 18, 2010

Play by play: May 14, 2010

Theater listings, May 14, 2010
Boston's weekly theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 17, 2010

Play by play: May 7, 2010

Theater listings, May 7, 2010
Boston's weekly theater listings
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 04, 2010

Review: Marwencol

The resistance of memory
It takes a village to save a mind.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2010

Cheap thrills

The inky delights of Dr. Lakra
They say Dr. Lakra got his pen name from the doctor’s bag he carried around when he first began tattooing, two decades ago. “Lakra” puns on the Spanish word “lacra,” meaning scar or blemish, but it’s also slang for “delinquent” or “scumbag.”
By GREG COOK  |  April 21, 2010

Review: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

A deep reach into Basquiat's eclectic repertoire
There’s little doubt that Jean-Michel Basquiat’s brief whirlwind of an existence is his best-known masterpiece.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 15, 2010

Tattoo you

Dr. Lakra loves the ink
Dr. Lakra is no more a real doctor than is Dr. Dre or Dr. Demento. The 38-year-old Mexican tattoo artist’s real name is Jerónimo López Ramírez. As for “lakra,” it means “delinquent.” Or so I thought.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 06, 2010

High concept

‘Artadia Boston’ at the BCA, plus terracotta at the Gardner
The stars of the “Artadia Boston” exhibit at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery are Raúl González’s manic-Injun drawings.
By GREG COOK  |  April 06, 2010


Love is stronger than death at Jewishfilm.2010
They aren’t the most auspicious of couplings: an Arab and Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942; a butcher and his apprentice in Haredi Jerusalem; the survivor of a terrorist bombing and a stranger who might be a guardian angel.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 31, 2010

The news from No Place

Saya Woolfalk and the feminist 'heretics'
Saya Woolfalk first grabbed people's attention around 2005, with playful-serious installations and videos in which performers masked in bright, patchwork fabric costumes of cartoon leaves and long swinging dreadlocks jumped around small rooms decorated like cartoon paradises.
By GREG COOK  |  March 10, 2010

Tall stories

Puppets, painted poetry, and the Kennedys
The Institute of Contemporary Art gets down and dirty this spring with Mexican artist Jerónimo López Ramírez, who's better known as DR. LAKRA — or, as they might say in his home of Oaxaca, "Dr. Delinquent."
By GREG COOK  |  March 11, 2010

High stepping

Dancing with the stars
The heavy-hitter repertory shows this season come from ALVIN AILEY and GEORGE  BALANCHINE . But why not welcome spring by taking a chance on fresh experiences as well?
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 11, 2010

Cube root

Roni Horn at the ICA, Andrea Fraser at Harvard
"I've been told it's the largest single piece of glass in the world," Helen Molesworth, the Institute of Contemporary Art's new chief curator, said at a press preview last week.
By GREG COOK  |  March 01, 2010


The ICA’s concept-driven show
Caitlin Berrigan’s 2009 video Transfer is simple and elemental.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  February 17, 2010

Modern times

Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
By GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2010

Fresh fruit and vegetables

A winter crop of art
The bleakest months of New England winter are ahead of us, so the prospect of leaving your toasty house to see art may not be at the top of your to-do list.
By GREG COOK  |  January 04, 2010

From Mozart to milonga

All kindsa dance hits the stage
We Bostonians may swathe ourselves in sweaters and lock our doors against the blustery weather, but once the music begins, dance performances can help us shake off the shivers — and often transport us to more temperate climes.
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 29, 2009

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