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Photos: Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex

"The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes" at the Peabody
Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 24, 2009

Ruling the waves

The golden age of Dutch sea power sails into Salem
The Dutch emerged at the dawn of the 17th century as a pre-eminent military and commercial power on the sea. They were in the midst of throwing off Spanish rule and developing a shipping empire that would reach from the Americas to South Africa to Asia.
By GREG COOK  |  June 23, 2009

Photos: The Old, Weird America exhibit at DeCordova

The Old, Weird America : Folk Themes in Contemporary Art at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
The Old, Weird America at the DeCordova

States of the art

New England museums worth traveling for
In New England, where you can't swing a sack of cranberries without hitting a venerable cultural institution, anyone with access to a car (or even a subway pass) can scope out these topnotch art museums.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  June 09, 2009
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Summer people

Artists have long visited Maine, too
Ever wonder why there is so much professional-level art made and shown in Maine, a state with a total population less than that of many minor cities? One answer is that following the fame of people like Winslow Homer, creative types flocked to Maine, often to artists' colonies.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  June 10, 2009

Slideshow: Two Mexican exhibits at MFA

Images from "Viva Mexico! Edward Weston and His Contemporaries" and "Vida y Drama: Modern Mexican Prints"
"Viva Mexico!" with "Vida y Drama"
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 02, 2009
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Rural vernacular

Contemplating Linden Frederick at CMCA
A documenter of the contemporary American experience with portraits of our most mundane infrastructure, Belfast-based Linden Frederick has been chosen as this year's distinguished artist by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. In the show honoring his selection, 35 oil paintings explore 23 years of Frederick's observations.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 03, 2009

Maritime after time

Dutch seascapes at the Peabody Essex
There's no question about the Peabody Essex Museum's unwavering love of all things nautical. How many other museums employ a curator of maritime art and history (in this case, Daniel Finamore)?
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  June 03, 2009

Make a run for the border

Edward Weston in Mexico, plus modern Mexican prints
In August 1923, photographer Edward Weston left his wife and three of his four sons in Los Angeles and headed to Mexico City.
By GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2009
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Structural integrity

A group show at the Whitney
The five artists featured in "Stratum," now on view at Whitney Art Works, are diverse in background, medium, and scale, but they comfortably crowd the gallery's two rooms with sculptures, paintings, and drawings that respond to the relationships exposed by stripping back layers and how meaning and interpretation shift when new layers are presented.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  May 27, 2009


A preview of June's first Friday
With some contemporary-art spaces holding off on summer programming, June's First Friday celebration at the Harrison Avenue galleries may be the strongest one until the fall season, when both the traffic and the collectors return.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 28, 2009
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Happy meeting

Divergent approaches, the same landscape
An artistic intersection between Joseph Nicoletti and Ying Li happened in northern Italy. These very different painters from widely differing backgrounds found common interest in the Italian landscape, and have made paintings whose similarities illuminate their differences.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 20, 2009

Slideshow: Final moments at the Rose?

Photos from what could be the final days at the Rose Art Museum
By JOEL VEAK  |  May 13, 2009
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Close focus

Mary Hart's small paintings demand attention
Aucocisco has opened its new premises with a show of small paintings by Mary Hart. The new space on Exchange Street is spare and elegant, and so, in their own way, are Hart's little paintings.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 13, 2009

Will Brandeis sell out the Rose?

As the clock ticks down, the world-renowned museum confronts the art of survival
Will Brandeis take the money and run?
By GREG COOK  |  May 15, 2009

The power of 'Cool'

A contemporary-art show at Bowdoin is a must-see
"New York Cool" is required viewing for anyone who has an interest in contemporary American art. Comprised of nearly 80 works, the show, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through July 19.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 18, 2009

Story telling

Whitney's latest show has quiet power
The three artists whose work is currently on view at Whitney Art Works in Portland have a taste for narratives, real or invented.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  April 16, 2009

Fleeing factions

Letters to the Boston editor, April 3, 2009
David S. Bernstein’s piece on the resurgence of anti-government rhetoric in the last few months is a little unfair, particularly since it lumps together radical conservative Republican movements with the Libertarian strain of right-wing thought.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 01, 2009

Review: The Edge of Love

A soap opera about Dylan Thomas
John Maybury evoked the genius of Francis Bacon in Love Is the Devil , but he goes off the deep end with this ludicrous soap opera about Dylan Thomas.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 03, 2009

To have and to hold

Stephen Prina at Barbara Krakow, 'Architecture of Fragments' at The New Art Center
Stephen Prina is many things: artist, musician, Harvard professor, socialite, bon vivant. His artwork extends across a number of media, with multifarious influences.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 01, 2009

Restoring a master

A new biography seeks to redefine Marc Chagall's place in art history
When Marc Chagall died in 1985 at the age of 98 he was internationally famous, wealthy, and had lived to see a museum built for him by the French government.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 30, 2009

East meets West

'Shôwa' at the MFA, and Mrs. Gardner's Asian tour
The paintings in "Shôwa Sophistication" at the Museum of Fine Arts are like the dreamiest travel posters you've ever seen.
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009

Lows, highs, and middles

A mixed bag at the RISD Museum
Yousuf Karsh is one of the giants of portrait photography.
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009

Familiar paths

Terry Hilt sheds new light on Maine's coast
Terry Hilt's show of watercolors at Aucocisco provides an opportunity to consider the role of modernism in today's art.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 18, 2009


Art thief Myles Connor talks
Myles Connor: Mayflower descendant, Mensa member, master of disguise, black belt in karate, self-styled "President of Rock 'n' Roll." And probably the most notorious art thief in the history of the United States.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 18, 2009

Seeing music

'The Sight of Sound' at Machines With Magnets
"The Sight of Sound" at Machines with Magnets focuses on the impetus behind much locally-made art: music.
By GREG COOK  |  March 30, 2009

Three's company

Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese rule at the MFA
The show's American curator, Frederick Ilchman, has snagged an improbable number of pairs and trios from the world's famous (and not so famous) museums.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 11, 2009

Hanging in the balance

Andre LaPorte exhibits variation on the theme at Greenhut
Septuagenarian Andre LaPorte may be a veteran artist but, relative to his long career, he is a new painter.
By IAN PAIGE  |  March 11, 2009

Slideshow: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese at MFA

"Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 12, 2009

Great walls

Epic visions of contemporary China at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
"Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection" at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum opens with a pair of interesting choices.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 27, 2009

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