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Portland Museum of Art in financial trouble
For the February 1 start of its fiscal year, the Portland Museum of Art laid off six people — three of them full-time staffers.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 11, 2009


Shepard Fairey bombs the ICA
Shepard Fairey and his show "Supply and Demand" arrive at the Institute of Contemporary Art like a guerrilla general emerging from the jungle after his forces have taken the capital.
By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2009

Filling in the blanks

New art galleries pop up in Boston, but how long will they last?
Boston may not be known for its thriving art scene, but it's suddenly home to two new gallery spaces in the Fenway alone.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 04, 2009

Forceful feelings

Rodin's solidity has staying power
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was one of the greatest sculptors in history.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 04, 2009

It's a shandeh!

For Brandeis, there must be a better way
The news that Brandeis University plans to shutter its highly regarded Rose Art Museum and sell its exemplary collection of American art from the 1960s and '70s in order to resolve its budget crisis not only shocked the world of elite higher education, it also stunned the local, national, and international arts communities.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 29, 2009

Brandeis shutters art museum

Bloom off the Rose
Late Monday afternoon, Brandeis University informed leaders of its Rose Art Museum that it would close the institution this summer and auction off the more than 6000 pieces in its renowned collection, which includes major works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns.
By GREG COOK  |  February 02, 2009

The thinker at mid century

Size matters
A long time ago (say 70 years), in a galaxy far, far away (New York), a tired band of rebels ached to be the Next Big Thing.
By GREG COOK  |  January 27, 2009

A clockwork hoedown

The Steampunk Historical Dance
By the time I arrive at the Steampunk Historical Dance, I've been at sci-fi convention Arisia for nearly 12 hours.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 27, 2009

David Hilliard at Carroll and Sons

Plus Japanese and European works at the MFA
It's not every day that a guy like me gets to enjoy a photographic investigation of daddy-boy relationships. . . . well, outside of a naughty format.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  January 26, 2009

Slideshow: Backstage Pass at PMA

A photographic story of music
Loving obsessive groupie
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 06, 2009

Review: ''Backstage Pass'' at the PMA

Nothing new — and that's not a bad thing
The half-century chronology covered by the Portland Museum of Art's latest exhibition, "Backstage Pass," reveals in photographic portraiture a story of music that is a euphemism for the ultimate creative act. Like sex, rock-and-roll is about surrender to the present moment.
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 26, 2009

Dreaming of celluloid

Dinh Q. Lê and Christian Tomaszewski at Tufts
Of the handful of contemporary Asian shows on view in and around Boston this winter, that of Dinh Q. Lê should prove unique — if only because the Vietnamese condition is so far removed from the rest of East Asia’s cultural boom.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  January 12, 2009

Where the wild things are

As our planet edges closer to the apocalypse, the escapist, fantasy world of cryptids is suddenly coming to life
Venture out into the waters and woodlands of New England, and there's a chance you'll bump into "Champ," America's own Loch Ness Monster, who allegedly plies the muddy ripples of Lake Champlain.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 12, 2009

Ice ice baby

Polar landscapes at the Peabody Essex, plus monsters at the Museum of Science
In July 1860, Captain Isaac Israel Hayes's schooner, the United States, left Boston and sailed to the Arctic.
By GREG COOK  |  January 06, 2009

Groups + solos

Looking forward to 2009
First on the list of this year's points of interest is the anticipated Portland Museum of Art Biennial, which opens in early April.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 31, 2008

Beauty and the East

Boston-area art spaces look to Asia this winter
Gallery-goers with an affinity for art from Asia will have plenty of reason for excitement with a handful of enticing shows this winter.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 29, 2008

Year in pictures

Imagery 2008
Imagery 2008
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Poetic sense

Age of art
For the last end-of-the-year review I had to rely on the kindness and opinions of others, having just started reviewing again after a long hiatus.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  December 23, 2008

Review: The Human Condition

Kobayashi's 10-hour epic
Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi (1916-1996) always stood up to the established order
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 22, 2008

Year in Art: Beyond the gloom

Continuing cheer in dark times
The Boston art scene felt muted for much of 2008, with 10 galleries closing and the death of two local icons: Harriet Casdin-Silver and Jules Aarons.
By GREG COOK  |  December 22, 2008

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