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  • Leonard Nimoy at 83

    North Adams Recalls the Iconic Mr. Spock

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 27th, 2015

    In August of 2010 Leonard Nimoy thrilled Berkshire Trekkies with an appearance at an exhibition of his photography at Mass MoCA. A lecture that October was cancelled when he was rushed to the emergency room in North Adams. He died this week from complications of COPD.

  • Edmund Barry Gaither and the MFA

    Adjunct Curator for African American Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 26th, 2015

    While a graduate student at Brown University, in 1970, the art historian Edmund Barry Gaither was recruited for a shared appointment as adjunct curator of the Museum of Fine Arts and working with Elma Lewis as director of the National Center for African American Artists. He still holds those positions. In this first part of an extensive interview Gaither describes jumping in to curate the major MFA exhibition African American Artists from New York and Boston. He was soon multi- tasking while being pressured by a diverse range of individuals and groups.

  • Kenworth Moffett and The MFA

    First Curator of Contemporary Art

    By: Kenworth W. Moffett - Feb 25th, 2015

    As a part of our research and oral history of modern and contemporary art and culture, some time ago, I contacted Kenworth Moffett. At the end of the tenure of Perry T. Rathbone as director of the Museum of Fine Arts, in 1971, a department of contemporary art was created with Moffett as its founding curator. He asked me to send him some questions and this essay is the result of that correspondence. During the years when he was director of the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art we always enjoyed an annual lunch when vacationing in nearby Palm Beach.

  • Dana C. Chandler, Jr. Two

    Founding AAMARP at Northeastern University

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 24th, 2015

    In 1973 the studio of Dana C. Chandler, Jr. was looted with most of his work destroyed. The studio was then torched. He was assisted by a dean of Northeastern to find adequate space. That led to establishing the African American Master Artist-in-Residence Program (AAMARP). It continues to exist although Chandler relocated to New Mexico where he has lived for the past decade.

  • Dana C. Chandler Jr. Artist and Activist

    Protesting Institutional Racism at the MFA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 22nd, 2015

    The protest artist Dana C. Chandler, Jr. was an activist who charged the Museum of Fine Arts with institutional racism. That initiated the special exhibition African American Artists from New York and Boston and the appointment of its curator, Edmund Gaither, as an adjunct curator of the MFA. Chandler was later instrumental in forming African American Master Artist-In-Residence Program for Northeastern University. This is the first of a two part interview with the artist.

  • Belinda Rathbone Part Three

    Examining a Complex Legacy

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 19th, 2015

    In 1970, on the occasion of its centennial, the MFA commissioned Walter Muir Whitehill, a trustee, to write its two volume history. Some 44 years later The Boston Raphael by Belinda Rathbone is the only published update examining that venerable Boston institution. In an extensive interview we have examined the legacy of her father as well as probed into issues and conundrums that were thoroughly researched but beyond the scope and agenda of her book. This is the third and final installment of that dialogue.

  • Thomas Messer on Contemporary Art in Boston

    Before the Guggenheim ICA Director from 1956 to 1961

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 19th, 2015

    When Thomas Messer served as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston there was a plan to merge it as a department of the Museum of Fine Arts. This was confirmed when I asked him about it during an unrelated press conference. Belinda Rathbone also found related documents in the MFA archives when researching her book The Boston Raphael. Related to his time at the ICA these are excerpts from an extensive interview with Messer in the public domain at the Archives of American Art.

  • Belinda Rathbone Part Two

    Why Boston Missed the Boat on Contemporary Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 16th, 2015

    In this installment of an extensive interview the pratfalls of modern and contemporary art in Boston are explored. It was a peripheral topic in Belinda Rathbone's biography of her father, former MFA director, Perry T. Rathbone.

  • Gallery 51 in North Adams Winter Green

    Panel with the Artist February 26

    By: MCLA - Feb 13th, 2015

    As part of its “Winter Green” exhibition, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 will host a panel discussion, “Viewpoints on a Green World,” on Thursday, Feb. 26,. Four panelists will discuss nteractions with plants in their respective professional fields. The event which will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Conceptual Artist Ulay

    Breaking the Norms

    By: Roger D’Hondt - Feb 08th, 2015

    The publisher Valiz Amsterdam has published a book about the life and work of the performance artist Ulay. The book ‘Whispers: Ulay on Ulay’, 536 pages with many illustrations, includes participations of Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Timea Andrea Lelik, Tevž Logar, Thomas McEvilley, Charlemagne Palestine and others.

  • Biographer Belinda Rathbone

    Dialogue About Book on Her Father Perry

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 07th, 2015

    The Boston Raphael is the first major book on the Museum of Fine Arts since Walter Muir Whitehill's centennial history in 1970. This is part one of an in dept interview with biographer Belinda Rathbone about the New York Times best selling profile of her father, former MFA director, Perry T. Rathbone.

  • Talismans at The Painting Center

    Chelsea Group Exhibition Through February

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 06th, 2015

    Some years ago the renowned critic and photographer, John Coplans, suggested to the artist John L. Moore that exploring the bulletin boards in artists studios would be an interesting theme for an exhibition. That has resulted in the group show Talismans at The Painting Center in Chelsea though February.

  • Machine Age Modernism at the Clark

    Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection

    By: Clark - Feb 06th, 2015

    The Clark Art Institute will consider the history and politics that inspired many artists working during and between World Wars I and II in the exhibition Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection. Inspired by such prewar movements as Futurism and Cubism, and using innovative techniques developed by artists associated with London’s Grosvenor School of Modern Art in the 1930s and 1940s, artists of the Machine Age defied aesthetic and technical conventions in order to convey the vitality of industrial society and changed printmaking in the process. Machine Age Modernism will be on view in the Clark Center February 28–May 17, 2015.

  • 2015 James and Audrey Foster Prize

    ICA announces Artists

    By: ICA - Feb 06th, 2015

    Ricardo De Lima, Vela Phelan, Sandrine Schaefer and the collective kijidome were named the 2015 James and Audrey Foster Prize Artists, the museum announced today. Performance, public art projects, and artist-run galleries are enjoying a resurgence in Boston. The work will be on view at the ICA from April 21 through August 9, 2015.

  • Ric Haynes Vision Quest

    Upcoming Show at Boston's HallSpace Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 02nd, 2015

    Some years ago we bonded while touring Spain. On the bus Ric Haynes and I discussed the art and culture we experienced. There was another such adventure in Italy. This latest of many dialogues explores the soul and resources of his oeuvre. The new work will be shown at the alternative HallSpace in Boston. The exhibition Where Am I will be on view from March 21 to April 25.

  • Sidewalk Sam at 75

    North Adams Remembers Street Artist

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 28th, 2015

    In August of 2010 Sidewalk Sam was on hand, at the invitation of Gail and Phil Sellers of Art About Town, to create one of his renowned public art projects on Holden Street.During a Boston blizzard yesterday he died in his sleep. We first met the artist as an activist and prankster in the 1970s.

  • George McNeil: About Place

    At Boston's ACME Fine Arts

    By: Adam Zucker - Jan 21st, 2015

    George McNeil emerged as one of the First Generation Abstract Expressionist and New York School painters during the late thirties. He was shown in the New York Worlds Fair in 1939, and in 1935 he was a member of the W.P.A. and served on the Federal Art project with artists such as Willem de Kooning and James Brooks.

  • The Getty Center Museum Photographs

    An Album of Inages and Memories

    By: Philip Kampe - Jan 20th, 2015

    Charles Giuliano's article inspired our visit to the Getty Museum This is a photo essay of a magnificent museum and its collection..

  • Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center

    Open Call NNE (North Northeast)

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 11th, 2015

    The Open Call NNE (North Northeast) at Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center will be on view to February 7, 2015. During the breakfast opening we were pleased to encounter artists we haven't seen for decades. The Vermont kuhsthalle featured several simultaneous exhibitions including celebrity photographs by senator Patrick Leahy.

  • Anne Tabachnick: Object As Muse

    At Lori Bookstein Fine Art

    By: Adam Zucker - Jan 11th, 2015

    The late modern and contemporary expressionist painter Anne Tabachnick is revitalized in a well curated thematic exhibition at Lori Bookstein Fine Art in Chelsea.

  • Warhol's Art Alive and Well

    Update of Foundation Activities and Generosity

    By: Warhol Foundation - Jan 06th, 2015

    After giving away more than 50,000 artworks by Andy Warhol and making approximately a quarter of a billion dollars in cash grants, the Warhol Foundation is now approaching its 30th anniversary with a renewed focus on grant-making programs, as seen in the grassroots activity it is seeding through Common Field and the exhibitions resulting from its last round of gifts.

  • Jim Jacobs Private Art Dealer

    Paradigms from Elgin Marbles to Chamberlain and Judd

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 26th, 2014

    During the 1960s I was an intern in the Egyptian Department and Jim Jacobs worked in the Classical Department. In the decades since the MFA we have remained friends back in the day celebrating holidays in the Berkshires. Recently we met to discuss his career from classicist to artist and then private art dealer. He started working for Charles Alan and Leo Castelli. In particular he was close to the sculptors John Chamberlain and Donald Judd We discussed minimal and pop art as well as the museums Dia Beacon, Mass MoCA, Chinati and Judd Foundations.

  • New York Galleries

    Through the New Year

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 24th, 2014

    It is the norm for Chelsea galleries to program exhibitions by their leading artists during the busy holiday season. Here is an overview of shows that run through the New Year.

  • Judith Stein on Dick Bellamy

    Another Take on Figurative Expressionism

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 22nd, 2014

    In the November issue of Art in America there was a story "Richard Bellamy. Interview by Billy Kluver and Julie Martin, introduction by Judith E. Stein." It was a sidebar of Stein's research on the Bellamy an eccentric, brilliant and complex art dealer. We spoke about that research as well as work with the little understood or appreciated movement of Figurative Expressionism.

  • The Clark Changes Winter Admission Policies

    Update on Programming

    By: Sally Morse Majewski - Dec 22nd, 2014

    Traditionally the Clark Art Institute offered free admission during the off-season. This was particulaerly attractive for local residents with the opportunity to view the collection and special exhibitions. The museum also staged some wonderful Clark After Dark parties. We used to say never miss a Clark party. Particularly on a bleak winter night. Now less costs more.

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