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Various Artists | A Psychedelic Guide to Monsterism Island

Lo Recordings (2009)
Artist, graphic designer, and toy creator Pete Fowler has been instrumental in the rebranding operation the Super Furry Animals have effected on their homeland of Wales.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 19, 2009

Slideshow: Marcel Breuer at RISD

"Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture" at RISD Museum through July 19
The RISD Museum presents "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture," a major retrospective of the late Bauhaus designer's furniture and buildings, through July 19.

RISD takes to the streets to show 'What We Do'

Bursting the bubble
"What We Do," an unprecedented, student-run event on April 11 at the Rhode Island School of Design, aims to capture, in a frenzied six hours at six locations, the spirit of Providence's most creative and offbeat college.
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 08, 2009

Printing Portland

Local artists reclaim mass production
Local artists reclaim mass production
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 18, 2009

Interview: T. C. Boyle

On The Women and Frank Lloyd Wright
Among his many fictionalizations of the American past, novelist T.C. Boyle has remade such real-life characters as the inventor of cornflakes, John Harvey Kellogg ( The Road to Wellville , 1993), and sexual behaviorist Alfred Kinsey ( The Inner Circle , 2004).
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 03, 2009

Geeky gifts 101

An introduction to buying things you don’t completely understand
“Smelly Yankee Candle for Grandma? Check. Tie for Dad? Got it. Toy dump truck for Tommy? Yup. Man, this holiday shopping stuff is easy. Now, who’s next? . . . Um. . . Hmmm.”
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 11, 2008

Slideshow: Ski Cover Art Contest

Cover artwork submitted by Bob Maloney's 'Experimental Illustration' class at MassArt
Art submissions for the cover of the Phoenix's Ski supplement
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 25, 2008

Bicyclists to spell support for Obama

Election cycle
There are the usual ways of spelling out your support for a candidate, and then there’s this weekend’s “Bike Write for Obama.”  
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2008


Unimaginative erotic thriller
Director Marcel Langenegger has a way with a nocturnal urban landscape, but his feature debut goes splat on the pavement.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 30, 2008

Distinctive design

Malcolm Grear at RIC; plus, Roger Mayer’s ‘Soundless’
In 1969, Malcolm Grear Designers was hired by New York’s Guggenheim Museum to develop a new graphic identity for the institution.
By GREG COOK  |  April 08, 2008

Hearts of glass

California cool at the Addison Gallery
In the photo it is night, and two women in cocktail dresses sit — perhaps chatting while jazz plays in the background — in a spare modern living room.
By GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2008

Mega-deluxe edition

The Big Hurt: Trent Reznor pushes the premium fabric-bound envelope
Last week, Trent Reznor shocked fans and industry types with the surprise on-line release of a new instrumental album, Ghosts I-IV .
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 10, 2008

Your history

‘Impermanence’ at the Essex Art Center, ‘Two Chinas’ at WAM, Renée Green at the Carpenter Center, and Feminism at the MFA
For a building, inclusion on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered list is a mixed blessing.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 26, 2008

Good fellows

The RISCA showcase; plus, Jon Laustsen
It stirs up feelings about real estate development, home, fortresses, and safety. 
By GREG COOK  |  February 20, 2008

Everyday use

Rethinking design at the ICA, and City Hall at Pinkcomma Gallery
Two new exhibits take design — the familiar background of our daily lives — and give it immediacy in a gallery setting.
By DAVID EISEN  |  October 10, 2007

Common ground

Ann Patchett’s Boston allegory
Like the American naturalists of the last century, Ann Patchett examines race and class in her new novel, Run .
By DANA KLETTER  |  September 18, 2007

Edifice complex

Tom Menino has already remade Boston’s skyline. Now he wants to pack up City Hall and move it to Southie. Can anyone stop him?
You’re Boston Mayor Tom Menino, preparing to address the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on a chilly morning in December 2006.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 02, 2007

Drawing connections

Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s work at the PMA
The Portland Museum of Art’s challenge in presenting an architectural exhibition is akin to the finger that points to the moon.
By IAN PAIGE  |  July 11, 2007

On the table

A talk with DesignInquiry’s Margo Halverson
“PASS•PORT: identity in the information age” was the theme of this year’s DesignInquiry.
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  June 27, 2007

Best buildings

Traveling with architecture
Most travel guides are little more than lists of colorless places in which to waste your money and sanitized tourist traps in which to waste your time.
By DAVID EISEN  |  April 10, 2007


A contrarian view of the new ICA
I waited in a crowd for two hours before finally getting into Boston’s new Institute of Contemporary Art on opening day, December 10. Just then a mother rushed out the door, telling her husband and their four little girls, “They say another hour.”
By GREG COOK  |  January 17, 2007

Sticking it to the man

Five centuries of protest art at Harvard
In 1969, Harvard University students rallied to support the creation of a black-studies program and protest the Vietnam War, the presence of ROTC on campus, and the university’s expansion into surrounding communities.
By BY GREG COOK  |  January 02, 2007

Truce offers hope for preserving Pawtucket train station

Outside Providence
For decades, the Beaux Arts train station has sat idle on the Pawtucket-Central Falls line, a reminder of a bygone era of more elegant transportation.
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 20, 2006

Technopolis lost

A development dream that didn’t come true
It was a grand vision. Maybe even a noble one. “TECHNOPOLIS.”
By MARTY D. WOLFAND  |  December 06, 2006

Academic (im)prints

Young artists-to-watch exhibit in Brunswick
The Bowdoin Alumni Printmaking Exhibition at ICON Contemporary Art in Brunswick is the perfect primer for the array of talent emerging from the Bowdoin College campus.
By IAN PAIGE  |  November 21, 2006

Making their mark

The Phoenix gets out the red pen and grades 10 local campuses’ most daring experiments in modern architecture
Universities need their ivy-covered red-brick towers and classical stone porticoes to remind students of their roots in the past.
By DAVID EISEN  |  October 23, 2006

Life is a highway

‘Lost Highway Expedition Symposium’ at MIT; ‘Inspired by China’ at the Peabody Essex  
In August 2006, more than 200 artists, architects, and assorted citizens of the world traversed the former Yugoslavia’s former Highway of Brotherhood and Unity, exploring the cultural and urban landscape of nine cities in the Western Balkans as an experimental, temporary society.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 17, 2006

For love or money

Tips for finding the continuing-ed courses of your dreams
You suffered the high-school advisor, her dizzying floral-print dresses, her tightly-wound chignon, and, in your catatonic, college-search state, heard her statistics-riddled drone.
By ELLEE DEAN  |  August 17, 2006


Sharon Lockhart’s ‘Pine Flat’ at Harvard, Frank Gehry and Matthew Barney Films at the MFA
Childhood in America comes under the artist’s gaze in Pine Flat , the fifth film by Sharon Lockhart, and it’s examined with precision and attention to detail.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 17, 2006

Design time

Mitchell Rasor on Percy Cycles, the Eastern Waterfront, and the contemporary city
Mitchell Rasor is changing the way your city looks.
By IAN PAIGE  |  August 09, 2006

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