Fine Arts

  • Amy Arbus: After Images

    Provincetown Arts Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 02nd, 2015

    Blessed/ burdened with the fame of her photographer mother, Amy Arbus, after youthful resistance and the pursuit of studying music, was lured into a career in photography. She has had some 25 one woman shows and published five books. The stunning and sensual exhibition of modern master appropriations, Amy Arbus: After Images, is on view at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum through November 15.

  • The Blue Moon Roof Top Party in Pittsfield

    Event for the Farmers Market

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 03rd, 2015

    Jessica Conzo, market manager for Downtown Pittsfield's Farmers Market, hosted the second annual 'Blue Moon Roof Top' celebration on Friday night, July 31st, on top of the Greystone Building, located at 446 North Street. The event was a sell-out.

  • The KUMU Art Museum

    Tallinn, Estonia

    By: Zeren Earls - Aug 01st, 2015

    The winner of the European Museum of the Year Award in 2008, the KUMU soars as the youthful face of independent Estonia. The museum's state-of-the-art galleries display selections from its 58,000-piece collection of Estonian art from the 18th century to the 1990s, including works from the Soviet era. The KUMU is a compelling destination in Tallinn, Estonia's charming capital.

  • Paul Natkin Superstars

    Exhibition at Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park.

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 28th, 2015

    Paul Natkin told an attentive audience about shooting Bruce Springsteen in Minneapolis on his Born in the USA tour for a Newsweek cover. That shoot was described in a story about Natkin in the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's when my family believed I was a real photographer," he said. That publicity also led to five years as the staff photographer for the Oprah Winfrey Show.

  • Chicago Exhibition of Jazz and Art

    At Museum of Contemportary Art

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 23rd, 2015

    The newly opened exhibit, The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Chicago's experimental jazz collective, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), which continues to expand the boundaries of jazz.

  • Provincetown's Chris Busa on Ekphrasis

    Publisher of 30-year-old Provincetown Arts Magazine

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 23rd, 2015

    This summer Chris Busa has published the 30th annual issue of Provincetown Arts Magazine. The publication which is organized as a non profit is a widely respected compendium of the arts in the Lower Cape, past and present. The award winning magazine covers the fine arts, literature with and emphasis on poetry, film and theatre.

  • Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art

    Florida Themed Collection in Daytona Beach

    By: Susan Cohn - Jul 10th, 2015

    The newly opened (February 2015) Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art in Daytona Beach features a collection of 2,600 Florida themed oil and watercolor paintings, some dating back to the early 1800s, which recount the state’s cultural, geographic and natural history.

  • Sublimating Text into Image & Image into Text

    Pictorializing the Linear Barcode Symbology at Berkshire Artist Museum

    By: Robert Henriquez - Jul 01st, 2015

    The art historian, Keith Shaw, has organized That '70s Show which is part one of a Then and Now project for the Berkshire Artist Museum in North Adams, Mass. He asked 15 artists to exhibit selections from some 40 years ago as well as their current work. In the case of Robert Henriquez his single piece is both Then and Now. The concept was conceived in the 1970s but it it only recently that digital programming has progressed sufficiently to realize a singular work of art. This research and technology has resulted in a stunning work of museum level quality.

  • Berkshire Artist Museum

    Featuring Work by Eric Rudd and Regional Artists

    By: Charles giuliano - Jun 28th, 2015

    After one season the Rudd Museum of Art in North Adams has been renamed with a new mandate as Berkshire Artist Museum. It recently reopened with a Rudd installation Iceberg in the nave and That '70s show as phase one of Then and Now which will be complete later in the season.

  • European International Book Art Biennale

    Bucharest, Romania with Artists from 22 Countries - Until June 30, 2015

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jun 24th, 2015

    80 artists from 22 countries are currently participating in an art book exhibition in Bucharest, which is following the 2014 Moskow, Russia, Biennale. Organizers are the National Association for Visual Contemporary Arts in Romania and D. Fleiss & East West Artists Association of Germany. A program with daily events adds to the exhibition's lively cultural activities.

  • Basment Tapes

    Tales from the Crypt of the MFA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2015

    During my recent book launch at The Mount my friend private art dealer Jim Jacobs regaled playwright Mark St. Germain with stories of our time together as interns in the Museum of Fine Arts back in the 1960s. At Mark's suggestion this has now inspired a suite of poems gathered as The Basement Tapes. It is my first attempt to create an extended work an idea which previously was suggested by my poet friend and mentor Stephen Rifkin

  • Putting the Nose on the Ankh-Haf

    Restoration Was Not Appreciated

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 10th, 2015

    For two and a half years I worked in the basement of the Egyptian Department of the Museum of Fine Arts. But truly I was the servant of the Pharaohs and the spirituality of their sublime vision of an after life. Part of that was repairing damage and making them whole. Like fixing the broken nose of the Ankh- Haf.

  • ICA Boston to Survey Black Mountain College

    Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2015

    When the rise of the Third Reich led to closing the Bauhaus in 1933 the architect Walter Gropius and his wife the weaver. artist Anni regrouped in rural North Carolina to establish a small experimental outpost for advanced art and design Black Mountain College. The faculty and students were intended to build their dorms and studios as well as grow their food and raise livestock. Never having a solid endowment the experiment ended in 1957. Gropius went on to Harvard and the rest of the faculty scattered. The impact on post war American arts was indelible. Organized by former curator Helen Molesworth this promises to be one of the most ambitious and informative exhibitions of the fall season. It will be on view in Boston Oct. 10, 2015 to Jan. 24, 2016 and then travel to LA and Columbus, Ohio.

  • Edward Hopper Tour in Gloucester Aug. 7

    Houses painted by the Artist

    By: CAM - Aug 03rd, 2015

    American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. His earliest visit in 1912 was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. The Cape Ann Museum will present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Friday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Van Gogh and Nature at Clark Art Institute

    Summer Blockbuster in the Berkshires

    van Gogh
    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

    The blockbuster summer exhibition, through September 13, is testing the limits of the recently renovated and expanded Clark Art Institute to handle maximum visitation even mid week. Only a few of the 50 works in the exhibition Van Gogh and Nature will be readily familiar to visitors. Many of the works on view, gathered from major collections, rarely travel to special exhibitions such as this. The curators have provided an intimate view of his daily practice and meticulous study of nature.

  • Paul Cadmus Comes Out on Top

    Paul Cadmus's works in Whitney Museum's Inaugural Show

    By: David Bonetti - Sep 29th, 2015

    For years midcentury magic realist Paul Cadmus and other artists of his generation were neglected by the Whitney Museum. Now, in the inaugural exhibition of its new meatpacking facility, titled "America Is Hard to See," Cadmus and his peers return in force.

  • Ride Hamilton and David Kaplan Collaborate

    The Hotel Plays at Berta Walker Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 01st, 2015

    Last April, cramped into small rooms in the French Quarter for The Hotel Plays of Tennessee Williams, we first encountered the photographer Ride Hamilton. This past week we again interacted during the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. In addition to the performances we much enjoyed his installation, a collaborator with the festival curator, director and scholar, David Kaplan, at the Berta Walker Gallery. It richly evoked memories of New Orleans.

  • Former ICA Director Milena Kalinovska

    Discusses the ICA and New Challenges for the National Gallery in Prague

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 19th, 2015

    This fall, under director Jill Medvedow, for the first time during her administration, the ICA will present a much anticipated historical exhibition surveying the impact of Black Mountain College on the post war American avant-garde. Under her predecessors, Milena Kalinovska and David Ross, there were many such projects. We spoke with Kalinovska about her Boston years as she prepared to depart with a three year contract as director of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery in her native Prague.

  • John Sloan Gloucester Days

    Growing Progressive Arts Community on Cape Ann

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 02nd, 2015

    Growing up as a teenager in Annisquam the arts were conservative or invisible on Cape Ann. During a recent visit we found that much has changed with a lively and thriving community of artists and writers. We also attended the venerable Gloucester Stage Company.

  • Sculptor Charles Ray at Art Institute

    Works by Chicago Born Artist Until October 4

    By: Nancy Bishop - Aug 22nd, 2015

    Nineteen sculptures by Chicago-born sculptor Charles Ray fill three large galleries on the second floor of the Chicago Art Institute's Modern Wing through October 4.

  • Artist and Activist Lloyd Oxendine (1942-2015)

    Worked to Promote Native American Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2015

    The Lumbee Indian, Lloyd Oxendine, who died on August 5, held a BA in art history from Columbia where he also earned an MFA. From 1970-78 he ran a New York gallery dedicated to Native American Art. In 1972 he wrote what proved to be most of an issue of Art in American surveying 23 artists. For many years he was a brilliant and outspoken activist.

  • Vico Fabris Fantasy Botanicals

    Imaginalis at Provincetown’s Rice Polk Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2015

    From August 20 to Septrember 10 the Italian born artist, Vico Fabbris, will exhibit Imaginalis at the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown. The artist invents exotic species of flowers in watercolor and more recently also with paint on canvas.

  • Rob Moore

    Second Effort

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 18th, 2015

    Critics don't always get it right. Particularly young ones.

  • Crushed

    Transforming Judds into Chamberlains

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 14th, 2015

    How rejected galvanized metal cubes by the artist Donald Judd were transformed into vintage sculptures by John Chamberlain.

  • Tom Krens Proposes a New North Adams Museum

    The Global Contemporary Collection and Museum Planned for Route Two

    By: Charles giuliano - Aug 12th, 2015

    While director of the Williams College Museum of Art Tom Krens initiated plans for Mass MoCA. When he left for a 20 year career at the Guggenheim Museum in New York that project moved forward under Joe Thompson. Now Krens, a Williams graduate and Williamstown home owner, is proposing to create a for profit museum on leased land fronting the high traffic corridor between MoCA, Williams College and the newly expanded and renovated Clark Art Institute.

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