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A print apart

Anna Hepler 'flattens' sculptures into woodcuts
Anna Hepler's major works are sculptural installations made from wires and joints that are held together in tension, creating mighty metallic clouds that fill big spaces and change with the light.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 01, 2008

If you’re not sweating...

...something’s wrong with you
A sculpture on display at Filament Gallery this summer memorialized one of Jamaica’s great cooks. Her likeness is carved out of wood, sanded and polished with butcher’s wax.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 24, 2008

The devil in the details

‘Drawn to Detail’ and ‘Laylah Ali’ at the DeCordova, Esteban Pastorino Díaz at the SMFA, and Student Loan Art Program at MIT
It’s hard to imagine stopping to look at drawings that don’t coalesce till you let them pull you in and spin you around a bit.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 28, 2008

No sex, please, it's Boston?

Nicholas Hlobo tones it down at the ICA
It’s a big, curious, floating object, a leaping whale, a flying squash, a makeshift anatomy display, with a bit of carnival atmosphere.
By GREG COOK  |  August 04, 2008

Interview: The DeCordova’s new director holds forth

Voice of Kois
Dennis Kois (rhymes with voice) began work as the new executive director of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln on June 2.
By GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2008

The folk and the fine

‘Keepers of Tradition’ and Alexis Rockman
Here in Massachusetts, our old ways tend to reside in ethnic islands and pockets. They may be famous on their street or in their neighborhood or town, but they’re often unheard of outside it.
By GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2008

The illusionist

Anish Kapoor at the ICA
Kapoor’s work looks like nothing in reproduction; you have to experience it in person to get it.
By GREG COOK  |  June 06, 2008

A certain kind of disorientation

Anish Kapoor at the ICA, MCC Award Winners at Boston Sculptors, And ‘8 in ’08’ at Massart
Home-grown new sculpture is alive and well right here right now, as Boston Sculptors Gallery regularly reminds us.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 20, 2008

Bad-boy cool

‘Street Level’ at the ICA, plus Ranjani Shettar and David Claerbout
“People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access.”
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2008

Skin deep

‘Maori Tattoo’ at the Peabody Essex, Jim Henderson and Ann Torke at Boston Sculptors, and Student Shows at the MFA and SMFA
The facial and body tattoos of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people were originally chiseled into the skin by means of an albatross bone and vegetable-based pigments.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 12, 2008

Of angels and planets

Arthur Ganson at the ICA at MECA
Arthur Ganson’s work makes you slow down and consider how things are done.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 06, 2008

The space invader

John Bisbee's metalwork hijacks the Portland Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art’s new exhibition immediately confronts you with the transformative power of John Bisbee’s sculpture.
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 30, 2008


Textiles from the Wiener Werkstätte at the Busch-Reisinger, Solstice Soirée at the Gardner, Faculty Exhibition at BU, and Holiday Sale at Harvard’s Ceramics Studio
The same early-20th-century Vienna that eventually produced Freud, Schoenberg, and Wittgenstein was also the site of a renaissance in arts and crafts.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  December 11, 2007


Can a striking exhibit at Harvard really make us see ancient Greek and Roman sculpture — and the roots of racism — as we never have before?
“Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture in Classical Antiquity” presents striking evidence that the white marbles were once painted in bold Technicolor.
By GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

Good company

A wide-ranging collection at Hera
The show includes puppetry, cartoons, oils, watercolors, drawings, collage, photography, sculpture, installation, and even a political parable.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 27, 2007

Locomotion commotion

Trains at the DeCordova, the Kabakovs’ Utopia at Tufts
The DeCordova Museum’s “Trainscape: Installation Art for Model Railroads” is a great, wild, flawed 14-artist circus.
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2007

Utopia station

Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Museum School, “Gods In Color” at Harvard, “Arts Of Japan” at the MFA, and the new Proof Gallery
The grimy surfaces of walls, sidewalks, and utility poles in neighborhoods of San Juan have replaced canvas as a medium for Puerto Rican artist Rafael Trelles.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 12, 2007

People get ready

‘Trainscape’ at the DeCordova, ‘Merging Influence’ at Montserrat, and more
Fourteen New England artists/artist teams hook up to produce a variety of interconnecting installations.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 22, 2007

Unseen forces

Ben Butler’s spiritual science at Coleman Burke Gallery
The sheer size of the Coleman Burke Gallery proves to be a playground for the ambitious scope of Ben Butler’s warm, minimalist sculptures.
By IAN PAIGE  |  August 08, 2007


Dave McKenzie at the ICA, ‘Sculpture Walk’ at Forest Hills, ‘ArtBeast!’ in Somerville, and summer Fridays at the MFA
McKenzie’s humorous examination of self and society also led him to create a giant Bill Clinton mask.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 12, 2007

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