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Two shows highlight the RISD Museum's new direction

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It's been a year-and-a-half since John Smith took over as director of the RISD Museum. But it's only now that his vision for the place is becoming reality.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 13, 2013
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Dreamy Décor: ''Dream House'' Closing Party


In the art world, "commercial" and "decorative" often seem like dirty words. Molly Rosner embraces them.
By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  February 13, 2013
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Natasha Mayers’s wide-ranging vision

Postcards from the conscience
For outspoken artist and activist Natasha Mayers, art, politics, and life are seamlessly interconnected for mutual benefit.
By BRITTA KONAU  |  February 13, 2013
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Bee-havior: ''Festooning the Inflatable Beehive'' at BU's 808 Gallery


An art gallery may seem like an unconventional space for discussions on insect behavior, but Maria Molteni maintains beekeeping is as much an art as a science.
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 06, 2013
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Blending Lovecraft and modern art

Inspired darkness
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 06, 2013
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From the Phoenix, with love: Clip-and-share Valentines


Valentines for the craft-impaired: print, clip, and spread the love.
By MANY TALENTED ARTISTS  |  February 07, 2013
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Family Ties: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons's art


Family has long been one of the central subjects of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons's art.
By GREG COOK  |  January 30, 2013
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The eyes have it: The Capitoline Brutus at the MFA


Do not attempt a staring contest with this dude.
By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  January 16, 2013
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Julianne Swartz: how deep?


A wildcard around art these days is the rise of Maker culture, the tribe of hip geeks devoted to DIY tinkering, engineering, electronics, and invention.
By GREG COOK  |  November 21, 2012
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David Curcio: needle point


The 40-year-old Watertown artist's delicate, endearing pictures are like scratched-out diaries of a heart laid bare.
By GREG COOK  |  November 21, 2012
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UNE’s impressive third all-female exhibit

Getting women right
Though the rhetoric of this election cycle might have cast doubts about other parts of the country, be thankful that in Maine, women are taken seriously.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 14, 2012
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Battle lines: ''The Invention of Glory'' at the Peabody Essex Museum


Afonso V's conquests were an opening salvo in Europe's age of exploration and exploitation, "one of the first outward movements of the Portuguese empire that 50 years later is all the way to China," says curator Karina Corrigan of the Peabody Essex Museum, where the four recently conserved tapestries arrive in the exhibit "The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries."
By GREG COOK  |  October 31, 2012
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The Gardner gets crafty


Art museums are designed to celebrate the end results of the creative process. But one of Boston's most highbrow institutions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has developed new programming to foster that process on-site.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 31, 2012
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Dor Guez's family matters


Some find Dor Guez's subjects controversial, apparently unable accept the fact that folks on the losing side of wars get screwed.
By GREG COOK  |  October 31, 2012
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Game on

Studio visit
Anthony Montuori's retro-style video games might be called the art of losing. In one, you're the legendary Sisyphus failing to lift a boulder to the top of an 8-bit mountain.
By GREG COOK  |  October 24, 2012
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Monster mash


In Patt Kelley's twisted but surprisingly sweet comics, a hairy-faced lady from a traveling circus romances a tree-man, a monster spawned by dirty dishes devours the world, a vampire finds her soul mate in a guy with a permanent nosebleed.
By GREG COOK  |  October 24, 2012
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Exploring a state between analog and digital

Hybrid translations
For many artists digital and analog image-capture and production seem to force a choice.
By BRITTA KONAU  |  October 24, 2012
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The Joy of Smut


The porn here is explicit, character-driven, and polymorphically perverse.
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  October 17, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Photos from ''Elsa's Housebook: A Woman's Photojournal''


Photos from Elsa Dorfman's 1974 book, featuring portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Elsa herself.
By ELSA DORFMAN  |  October 24, 2012
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Interview: God save John Lydon


When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 10, 2012
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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science


Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.
By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012
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On the Cheap: iYO Cafe

DIY dessert in Davis Square
Without any children at my disposal, I decided the best way to evaluate iYO Cafe, a self-serve yogurt and waffle shop, would be to rally some girlfriends and smoke a fat joint before heading over.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 10, 2012
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Sorting through the CMCA’s Biennial


The 2012 Biennial exhibition at Center for Maine Contemporary Art collects seventeen artists: ten by submission, seven invited.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 10, 2012
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''Elsewhere''


Every once in a while the city needs a show like "Elsewhere," the round-up of 17 local artists organized by Flux.Boston blogger Liz Devlin, to get a snapshot of the art being produced here.
By GREG COOK  |  October 10, 2012
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Only connect: The Boston Palestine Film Festival


The Middle East, as usual, is a mess, but its cinema, both Israeli and Palestinian, offers hope.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 01, 2012
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Taking an observation on Winslow Homer’s oeuvre

Blown away
"Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine," a show of more than 30 Homer works depicting Maine and the sea, commemorates the opening the newly-restored Homer studio on Prouts Neck.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  October 03, 2012
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Headmaster goes feminine

Print
Matthew Lawrence — blogger, event planner, and man about town — and Jason Tranchida — designer, artist, and man about town — met seven years ago at a bar where both worked as DJs.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 03, 2012
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Two sides of Daniel Heyman; plus, RIC’s faculty exhibit

War and peace
Beginning in 2005, Daniel Heyman traveled to Jordan and Turkey with American lawyers, collecting testimony from Iraqis of human rights abuses.
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2012
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Marie Antoinette rules at ART

Heads off
Last year, dramatist David Adjmi raised a stir with a site-specific tea party called Elective Affinities , in which four-time Tony winner Zoe Caldwell held court in an Upper East Side townhouse, spinning a small audience into her web of entitlement.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 13, 2012
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Jin Shan’s space station at Brown

Space oddity
Jin Shan's "My dad is Li Gang!" presents a common bike and a spectacular spacecraft that seem to float in Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery (64 College St, Providence, through November 4).
By GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2012

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