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  • Cubism for the Holidays Fine Arts

    School of Paris Museum and Gallery Exhibitions

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 17th, 2014

    The School of Paris, particularly Picasso and Matisse, with sidebars on Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Fernand Leger are the heart and soul of museum and gallery exhibitions during the busy holiday season. These show provide invlauable insights to the issues of cubism and abstract art in the 20th century.
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  • Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs Fine Arts

    At MoMA through February 4

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 15th, 2014

    During the busy holiday season The Museum of Modern Art is featuring the blockbuster exhibition of the artist’s triumphant and inventive last works Henri Matisse: The Cutouts. The exhibition drew some 500,000 visitors last summer to London’s Tate Modern.
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  • ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow – Guggenheim Museum, NY Fine Arts

    Otto Piene – Artist and Mensch

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Dec 17th, 2014

    The Guggenheim Museum in New York will close the ZERO exhibition on January 7, 2015. It is a comprehensive survey, highlighting more than 40 artists from 10 countries in Europe, South America and Japan. They were members of major artist groups and developments post WWII during the 1950s - 1960s.The second part of this article is dedicated to Otto Piene at CAVS/ MIT - and all who came to work or knew him and The Center.
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  • The Heart Is Not a Metaphor at MoMA Fine Arts

    Made Readymades by Robert Gober

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 19th, 2014

    The merry Dada prankster Marcel Duchamp changed the definitions of art with his Found Objects, Ready Mades and Assisted Readymades. The Robert Gober show at MoMA requires a new category, Made Readymades.

  • Kara Walker Afterword Fine Arts

    Outtakes of Giant Sugar Sphinx at Sikkema Jenkins

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 19th, 2014

    At the age of 28 Kara Walker won a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Now middle aged she has enjoyed success with work focusing on ante bellum slavery and more recently the triangle trade in slaves, molasses and rum. Our critique about her show at Sikkema Jenkins Gallery has more to do with marginal execution than its polemical subject matter.

  • Stops Word

    As Though From an Elevator

    By: Stephen Rifkin - Dec 20th, 2014

    Struggling with a winter cold Stephen Rifkin rallied to enter our esteemed Elevator Poem contest. A volume of his verse was published last fall.
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  • Thank You Archimedes Word

    Short History of Elevators

    By: Mark St. Germain - Dec 20th, 2014

    Our playwright friend Mark St. Germain likes to research what he writes about. Here is a scholarly and amusing addition to our ongoing Elevator Poem contest.
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  • Playwright Mark St. Germain on Theatre Theatre

    Keynote Address at Orlando Shakespeare Festival

    By: Mark St. Germain - Dec 20th, 2014

    Some months ago playwright Mark St. Germain mentioned a keynote address he delivered to the Orlando Shakespeare Festival. It included comments on critics and their role. It is a lively topic which we have often discussed. Here is the text of that speech.

  • Blues For Christmas - Part I Music

    Homage to Roots

    By: David Wilson - Dec 14th, 2014

    Here are four recent releases that honor the roots of the Blues. Each of them would make a worthy addition to the cd shelves of eclectic listeners of music and most Blues fans.

  • The Clark and Mass MoCA Stiff Locals Opinion

    Negligible Off Season Free Admissions

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 18th, 2014

    As of January One the Clark will no longer be free during the off season. It is offering token free days but adult admission is full freight at $20. Add another $10 to see special exhitions. Which is still more generous than Mass MoCA which has a single annual free day. It sends the wrong PR and marketing message to the local community. What price can you put on being a welcoming good neighbor?
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