Fine Arts

  • A Very Hungry Caterpillar on Broadway

    Berkshire's Eric Carle's Stories and Art Live

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 07th, 2016

    Puppets in the collage-inspired work of Eric Carle engage in story-telling on Broadway. Three actors tell four of Carle's stories in the magical tones of familiar classics, the audience is incanting phrases like, "but he was still hungry." The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Art and its literacy programs in Amherst benefit from this production of Jonathan Rockefeller's charming puppetry.

  • Peabody Essex Museum's Mellon Foundation Grant

    Supports Native American Fellowships

    By: PEM - Dec 22nd, 2015

    The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will allow the museum to expand and strengthen its Native American Fellowship program.

  • Curious Sound Object At Boston Cyberarts Gallery

    Hearing and Seeing As Part of the Visual Arts Experience

    Curious Sound Objects
    By: By Mark Favermann - Dec 21st, 2015

    Visual art is evolving in wonderful technical directions. Boston Cyberarts is continuing to foster this development. A Fall 2015 exhibition showcased a whole group of artists working not only visually but auditorially. Hearing and seeing was believing.

  • MASS MoCA Winter Spring

    Upcoming Exhibitions and Performances.

    By: MoCA - Dec 14th, 2015

    MASS MoCA has many highlights in its schedule for exhibitions and performances. Start to mark our calendars particularly for the June 11 exclusive performance of The National which is sure to sell out in a flash.

  • ICA Acquires Works by Women Artists

    The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women

    By: ICA - Dec 10th, 2015

    The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women, established at the ICA in 2014, represents three decades of collecting by Lee and brings together painting, sculpture, photography, and videography by iconic modern and contemporary women artists.

  • Tom Krens Develops Business as a Museum

    A For Profit Paradigm for North Adams

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 08th, 2015

    Tom Krens joined the Guggenheim Foundation in 1988 when museums were attempting to transform to business models. Now, for North Adams he is developing Global Contemporary Art Museum. In a new paradigm it is being privately funded as a for profit institution. With reverse momentum he is establishing a business on the model of a fine arts museum.

  • Tom Krens Has Plans for Northern Berkshires

    Discusses Williamstown to North Adams Cultural Corridor

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 07th, 2015

    For seven years former Guggenheim Foundation director, Tom Krens, made grueling monthly trips to China. He declines to discuss how he was "beaten down" in negotiations with the Chinese. He has opted to develop two museum level projects closer to home. Krens, a Williams alumnus and former director of its museum, initiated what is now Mass MoCA. He left decades ago but has maintained a residence in Williamstown.

  • Tom Krens Outlines Plans for a Cultural Corridor

    Former Governors Dukakis and Weld Share North Adams Podium

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 05th, 2015

    Using a satellite image Tom Krens commented on a six mile line connecting North Adams and Williamstown. It was a part of an engaging power point presentation to develop a cultural corridor connecting world class resources including a new for profit museum and one in North Adams featuring model railroads and maquettes by renowned architects. Former governors Dukakis and Weld attended the presentation.

  • Memories of a War to Come by Erika Marquardt

    A German Girl Growing Up in the 2nd World War

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Dec 01st, 2015

    Do all, who have experienced war first-hand respond differently, perhaps more knowingly to images, reports and articles, now inundating the air waves about current wars, notably in Syria and Iraq? So very timely is the poetry and picture book by Erika Marquardt, which I received recently. And what a book it is! Her WW II childhood memories have haunted her all her life and she has written poems and painted pictures and collages for decades. Marquardt now collected those memories eloquently in her 2015 published book, which deserves a wide reception and circulation. Will there ever be PEACE?!

  • Frank Stella at the Whitney

    Ad Astra Per Aspera

    By: Martin Mugar - Nov 29th, 2015

    In an Ivy League mashup, Yale grad, our man Martin Mugar, takes a go at Princeton alumnus Frank Stella. More on Zombie Formalism. Let the games begin.

  • Artist Raphael Soyer

    Russian Born American Master

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 28th, 2015

    The Russian born brothers Soyer- Raphael, Moses and Isaac- were little men but giants of the era of Social Realism and the WPA. They painted the workers of New York. Pat Hills organized a retrospective for Raphael at the BU Art Gallery. I met him then and he signed a poster. Later I photographed Raphael in Provincetown.

  • The Arts in Cuba

    Music for Breakfast and Studio Visits

    By: Nancy Bishop - Nov 22nd, 2015

    While in Cienfuegos, we had some interesting musical entertainment. After walking around the square, we climbed several flights of stairs to hear a special concert by the Choir of Cienfuegos, a chorus of about 24 local men and women, who performed a concert of Cuban and international songs and show tunes. One of them, incongruously, was the American folk song, “Shenandoah.”

  • Visionary Artist Paul Laffoley

    World Renowned Except in Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 18th, 2015

    When I curated a solo exhibition of work by the Visionary artist Paul Laffoley it was his first Boston show in 20 years. The exhibition was ignored by the Boston Globe. A few years later, during his brief time at the Globe, Ken Johnson declared Laffoley to be the most important Boston artist of his generation. In recent years he enjoyed national and international recognition

  • Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood at the Rose

    Bimbo Kitsch As High Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 06th, 2015

    The big boobs and porn of Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood at the Rose Art Museum are sure to delight some and offend many. With sensual, candy colors and finger licking erotic surfaces the Yale educated artist has made a nifty career of conflating high art and kitsch. If you visit this exhibition be sure to leave the kids and your inhibitions at home.

  • Athena LaTocha: Curated by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

    Exhibition at CUE Art Foundation in Chelsea

    By: CUE - Dec 25th, 2015

    CUE Art Foundation presents a solo exhibition of new work by Athena LaTocha, which has been curated by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. The show features a large-scale immersive installation of an ink-wash drawing by LaTocha that spans the entire length of the gallery. While the work depicts a landscape, its more abstract elements leave the viewer to decipher what they see.

  • Abstract Artist Ellsworth Kelly at 92

    Graduate of Boston's Museum School

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 28th, 2015

    In 2013 we interviewed abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly during an exhibition of his relief series in wood at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. A graduate of the Museum School he maintained close times with the city and its museum. He passed away yesterday at his home in Spencertown, New York.

  • Art of the Ozarks

    From the Old Frontier to Fine Arts

    By: Sandy Katz - Jan 24th, 2016

    From Little Rock, we traveled to Fort Smith which is located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. Fort Smith was established in 1817 on the banks of the Arkansas River. Wild West history is celebrated in Fort Smith. During the Civil War, the North met the South here and there was lots of blood shed.

  • Giant White Bunnies at the Lawn on D

    Down the Pop Culture Rabbit Hole

    Big White Bunnies
    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 12th, 2016

    In recent years several serious artists, Amanda Parer among them, have created giant inflatable pieces with the aim of making cultural and political statements. Last year, five giant white rabbits took over the Lawn on D for a few days. They were not just visually compelling but intellectually provocative.

  • John Stomberg Discusses Hood Museum

    51 Million Expansion Designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 13th, 2016

    Recently we visited Dartmouth College where we learned that the Hood Museum of Art will close in March for renovations to begin this summer. We discussed these plans with an old friend, John Stomberg, who has just arrived in Hanover as the new director of the museum.

  • Robert Morgan's Large Watercolors

    AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, N.H

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 11th, 2016

    The occasion of an opening for Large Watercolors by Robert Morgan inspired a winter break weekend. On Friday night we visited the spacious and lively AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. We spent Saturday at Dartmouth College in nearby Hanover viewing the Orozco murals and works in the Hood Museum of Art. There was a lot of remarkable work to enjoy and think about.

  • Dinosaurs in Their Time in Pittsburgh

    Displayed at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

    By: Susan Cohn - Jan 11th, 2016

    What began in 1899 with the discovery of Diplodocus carnegii eventually led to the museum’s current Dinosaurs in Their Time, the first permanent exhibition in the world to feature scientifically accurate, immersive environments spanning the Age of Dinosaurs—arranged chronologically and filled with actively posed original fossil specimens.

  • Patrick Dougherty's Stickwork

    Architectural Sculpture That Interweaves Myth and Reality

    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 10th, 2016

    By weaving and intertwining branches and twigs, environmental artist Patrick Dougherty crafts primitive yet metaphorical structures around the world. These structures are at once mythic and primitive touching chords on our human instrument. A wonderful installation was set adjacent to the Peabody Essex Museum for several months in 2015. Rather than just closing, the environmental statement had begun to deteriorate back into its earlier natural form.

  • Dazzling Architectural Allusions at the deCordova

    Exploring Presence of Architecture in Contemporary Sculpture

    Architectural Allusions
    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 08th, 2016

    After years of a yard full of junk, the current curatorial staff at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has cleaned up its act and created a wonderful sculpture environment. Architectural Allusions is a stunning exhibit underscoring architectural gesture as sculpture and sculptural form as architectural statement. Now, everybody wins.

  • The Rain Room in LA

    Bone Dry California Enjoys Unique LACMA Exhibition

    By: Susan Cohn - Jan 06th, 2016

    How does the special exhibition at LACMA, The Rain Room, work? Tim Rushby-Smith of the Royal Academy of Engineering said, ”The Rain Room installation includes injection moulded tiles, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, custom software, 3D tracking cameras, steel beams and 2,500 litres of water creating a downpour of a thousand litres of rain each minute.

  • Strandbeests — Theo Jansen’s Divine Machinery

    Kinetic "Living" Sculptures Delight at Peabody Essex Museum

    Strandbeests At Peabody Essex Museum
    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 06th, 2016

    A thought-provoking life work by Dutch artist Theo Jansen that explores the notion of movement, robotics, nature and artificial intelligence. It is gracefully done with a smile and a deft touch. Here engineering becomes art, and art becomes fantasy and even myth.

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