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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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Sinclair Hitchings's 'Art in Boston'


How much difference can one person make? Sinclair Hitchings hopes it's a substantial one when it comes to his "Art in Boston" project, which he began in 2006.
By GREG COOK  |  January 23, 2013
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Bringing the exhibits to life at the PMA

Inside the galleries
This Friday, the Portland Museum of Art stages the last of this year's Artist Intervention series, a program launched in January 2012 in which local professional artists create on-site performances and installations to complement the visitor experience.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 05, 2012
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R.K. Project’s sprawling ‘Micro-Eutopia’

Ambitious abstractions
If you're looking for where art is headed, "Micro-Eutopia," the 19-artist show at Sam Keller and Tabitha Piseno's R.K. Projects (204 Westminster Street, Providence, through November 10), is a good place to start.
By GREG COOK  |  October 17, 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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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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Ain't that America

Sassy signs, obsessive patterns, and more
The bad news of this season is that the sharp-eyed folks behind R.K. Projects will be closing up shop in November after their fall exhibits, which include a group of Providence psychedelics and site-specific installations in Pawtucket (461 Main St from October 5-7).
By GREG COOK  |  September 12, 2012
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Melding classic with unconventional

Coming Home(r)
If the stuff of the greatest magnitude in established art circles can usually be found at the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART , that truism is especially valid this fall, when the museum reveals a cluster of Winslow Homer retrospectives to celebrate the restoration of the Maine painter's studio in Prouts Neck.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 12, 2012
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Annie Leibovitz’s elegiac ''Pilgrimage''

Dead people’s things
Between 2009 and 2011, New York celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz wandered around the US and off to England, tracking down the homes and things of famous dead politicians and writers and naturalists and musicians.
By GREG COOK  |  August 31, 2012
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Shows at two museums combine for a real lesson

Three Maine masters
The connections between Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) and Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and the Portland Art Society are pretty straightforward.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  August 15, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Works by Os Gêmeos at the ICA

Through November 25, 2012
The ICA Boston hosts works by Os Gêmeos, on display through November 25, 2012.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 08, 2012
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Performance art about ICP

Juggalo fan club
For the sixth project in his ongoing "Pop Star" series, New York performance artist Neal Medlyn takes on the Insane Clown Posse, the illustrious Detroit horrorcore rap duo.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 08, 2012
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Gone Begging – Why Boston artists leave, and how things could be different

Boston is one of the top-10 ranked cities in the country for arts funding, with a network of world-class museums — so why do young artists leave?
It's a story as old as time — well, maybe not as old as time , but it's old: brilliant young artist leaves Boston for greener pastures.
By MICHAEL BRAITHWAITE  |  August 15, 2012
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SPACE wallpaper plays tricks with the eye

It’s a jungle in there
As one of its most brilliant venues celebrates its 10th anniversary, Portland is treated to one of the most colorful and engaging art shows of the summer.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 01, 2012
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55 things to do before Labor Day

What are you waiting for? Get to it!!
You call yourself a Rhode Islander?
By JESSE PAPINEAU AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 25, 2012
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Poetic disobedience at AS220

Art Dept.
"We, the artists & intellectuals, famous & unknown. We, mud people, snake people, tar people. We, bohemians walking on millennial thin ice; our bodies pierced, tattooed, martyred, scarred; our skin covered with hieroglyphs & flaming questions."
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 25, 2012
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Salt students peek just around the corner

Looking into new worlds
Sometimes a painting can only take you so far.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 27, 2012
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At the Museum of Fine Art

Hoopleville
Art criticism.
By DAVID KISH  |  June 19, 2012
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Review: Portrait of Wally

Institutionalized extortion
Somewhere in the slog of Andrew Shea's Portrait of Wally is a devastating story of institutionalized extortion and its victims.
By MILES HOWARD  |  June 19, 2012
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Local artist contemplates the Arab Spring

Breaking the yolk of tradition
Alina Gallo, a MECA MFA alumna with an academic background in writing and literature, is the artist behind "Rising," a modestly sized but stimulating collection of interpretive works — call them studies — that re-envision intersections of Western and Islamic culture both recent and ancient.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 20, 2012
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Markham Starr’s ‘In History’s Wake’; and Linda Nagaoka

The seafaring life
Living here near the coast, commercial fishing is never far away, but it can seem otherworldly, like an old romantic myth that surprisingly turns out to still be true.
By GREG COOK  |  June 05, 2012
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Meeting ‘Strangers’ at Fryeburg’s Pace Galleries

The facts of figures
Fittingly set in Fryeburg Academy's still relatively unknown Pace Galleries — a lovely showroom built on the annex of the school's Performing Arts Center in 2009 — "Strangers and Others" is a complex, mysterious, and densely packed assembly of figurative works.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 30, 2012
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The ‘2012 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition’

Stars on parade
The star, literally, of the "2012 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition," the school's annual showcase of its graduating graduate student talent at the Rhode Island Convention Center is James Franco.
By GREG COOK  |  May 23, 2012
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Slideshow: Recent works by Alex Lukas at Steven Zevitas Gallery

From April 19–June 2, 2012
Recent work by Alex Lukas are on display at Steven Zevitas Gallery from April 19 to June 2, 2012.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 18, 2012
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Printmaking continues to matter

Paper, ink, and pressure
Essential to printmaking, and non-digital photography, is the frustrating, annoying time lapse between the creation of the matrix and the final image.
By BRITTA KONAU  |  May 16, 2012
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The McMillans’ video installatons are open to interpretation

Some assembly required
Megan and Murray McMillan's videos unfold with dream logic.
By GREG COOK  |  May 08, 2012
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Emily Nelligan inspires at Bowdoin

Seriously committed
My friend the late Sidney Tillim has been much on my mind in recent weeks.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  May 09, 2012
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Daria Tessler at Craftland; AS220’s ‘Delicate Shudder’

‘Realm’ of wonder
The realm of Daria Tessler's "In the Realm of the Seedkeepers," an exhibit of drawings at Craftland, seems to be an often hushed, mystical place.
By GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2012
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Making the RISD Museum sizzle

Can new director John W. Smith polish Providence's hidden gem?
The Rhode Island School of Design Museum is one of New England's — and America's — most underappreciated and underperforming cultural treasures.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 02, 2012
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A contemporary artist shows one way forward

Painting past and future
There are many different ways to talk about Lesley Vance's paintings, yet we don't really have the right words yet.
By BRITTA KONAU  |  April 18, 2012

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