Fine Arts

  • Artist Stephen Hannock On Berkshire Museum

    How Selling the Art Betrays the Community

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 22nd, 2017

    Works by Stephen Hannock are in global museum collections. His Oxbow painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be included in a survey of Hudson River artist Thomas Cole. Hannock's buddy Sting will also be involved in the project. When he created paintings for his friend's hometown of Newscastle the studies were shown at the Berkshire Museum. He gave one of the studies to the museum to honor philanthropist Nancy Fitzgerald. The fact of that work and the entire fine arts collection of the museum is unknown. We talked at length with the Berkshire based global artist about the impact of the museum's strategy to sell its fine arts collection with a radical makeover as an interactive educational museum for history and science.

  • Agita of the Artist Martin Mugar

    Innocence and Experience

    By: Martin Mugar - Apr 26th, 2017

    For Blake, Christ was both a child and a lamb putting the innocence of the child and the lamb of the poem a priori in the realm of the godly. One cannot be a lamblike or a childlike without that innocence of God, which raises the question: what then is experience without innocence? Experience can only be a loss of innocence. Why do I in my painting linger in this realm of peachy keen colors if not to insist on the importance of this innocence that precedes experience.

  • Free Sunday at Clark Art Institute

    Last of the Off Season

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 20th, 2017

    Celebrate spring in the Berkshires with the Clark Art Institute’s final First Sundays Free program of the season on Sunday, May 7 from 1–4 pm.

  • MASS MoCA Season Starts May 28

    Gallery and Performance Updates

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 18th, 2017

    MASS MoCA launches into the summer season on May 28 with the opening of Building 6, the third phase of campus development, which encompasses more than 130,000 square feet of interior renovations to its 19th-century mill buildings.

  • Ross Moffett from the Permanent Collection

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 11th, 2017

    Ross Moffett (1888-1971) first came to Provincetown in 1913 to study with Charles Hawthorne. A year later a group of artists formed the Provincetown Art Association (later and Museum). In 1964 he published Art in Narrow Streets the first study of the art colony. Currently, the museum is exhibiting Ross Moffett from the Permanent Collection. It provides a rare opportunity to evaluate the work of a seminal Provincetown artist.

  • Lester Johnson Works on Paper

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 10th, 2017

    The sixteen works on paper that comprise the small but evocative exhibition Lester Johnson from the Permanent Collection provide rarely seen early works, starting in 1951. They provide examples of how the artist was looking at and deconstructing or abstracting seascapes, facades of houses, and breaking down the human figure. It is on view at the Provinctown Art Association and Museum through May 7.

  • Biotope: Friends, Life Forms, Landscapes

    Exhibition at Gallery 51 in North Adams

    By: Sarah Sutro - Apr 04th, 2017

    In the show Biotope, at Gallery 51 in North Adams, the viewer is given the chance to experience life from the perspective of other life forms: animals, landscape, and vast fields denoting the pattern and apparent chaos in nature. Biotope refers to “habitat –an area within a biome where smaller subdivisions of species live,” suggesting a search for the “spirit of place” mentioned in the show’s introduction.

  • Boston Art Dealer Alan Fink at 91

    Art Was the Family Business

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 04th, 2017

    Alan Fink met his artist wife, Barbara Swan, in Paris where he lived for three years on just $700. They married in 1952 and relocated to Boston. There he went to work for the next 16 years at Boris Mirski Gallery. In 1967 he founded Alpha Gallery now run by their daughter Joanna. Their son Aaron is an expressionist painter.

  • Remembering Jim Rosenquist

    Billboard Painter to Pop Artist

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 02nd, 2017

    For a period of time in the late 1960s I worked in the studio of Pop artist James Rosenquist. He passed away recently at 83. When Jim first arrived in New York he painted billboards high above Times Square. He later used those techniques as a key but undervalued Pop artist.

  • Artists As Pinball Wizards

    Exhibition at the Elmhurst Museum

    By: Nancy Bishop - Mar 11th, 2017

    Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago sets 16 working vintage pinball machines in several galleries with about 30 pieces of art by the pioneers of 1960s and ‘70s Chicago Imagists: Ed Paschke, Karl Wirsum, Suellen Rocca, Ed Flood, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, Christine Ramberg, Roger Brown and Ray Yoshida. The connection, of course, is that the artists were influenced in childhood and adolescence by the art of pinball machines and comic books.

  • ICA To Lease Expanded Space

    Two if by Sea in East Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 07th, 2017

    When the Institute of Contemporary Art opened its waterfront home there were awards for the dramatic design by Diller Scofido and Renfro. Immediately, however, it was obvious that with 65,000 square feet, and just its top floor for exhibitions, there was no plan for expansion and growth. For the next five to ten years the ICA is leasing a 15,000 square foot industrial place in East Boston. Visitors will commute by ferry to the seasonal Watershed which opens in the summer of 2018.

  • Federal Support for the Arts Under Attack

    Five Boston Museum Directors Express Concern

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 24th, 2017

    Five Boston museum directors have signed a letter of concern over reports that the National Endowment for the Arts is under threat of being abolished, along with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Under the conservative agenda of the Trump adminsitration this is an attack on the arts in America. Guarding the Trumps in NY, DC and Palm Beach for a week is on a par with endowment support.

  • Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

    At Met Breuer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 08th, 2017

    Through January 29 there is still time to see the stunning and riveting retrospective at New York's Met Breuer. He is among the elite of African American artists of his generation. His work is fresh in its timely subject mater as well as traditional with roots in American genre and social realism.

  • Francis Picabia at MoMA

    The Finest Modernist You Have Never Heard Of

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 08th, 2017

    The enigmatic modernist, Francis Picabia, suggested that artists change styles as frequently as their shirts. He is the subject of an eclectic and intriguing retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

  • Spectacular Modernist Shchukin Collection

    Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

    By: Ellen O’Donnell Rankin - Dec 26th, 2016

    Between 1897 and 1914, Sergei Ivanovich Shchukin (Chtchoukkin) 1854 -1936, acquired 275 masterpieces, including 41 Matisses, 50 Picassos, 8 Cézannes, 13 Monets, 16 Gauguins, as well as works by his fellow Russian artists Malevich and Rodchenko. In 1918 the collection was seized by the government under Lenin. Some 127 works are now on view at the Frank Gehry designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

  • Touring Chelsea Galleries

    A Selection of Exhibitions

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 19th, 2016

    Extracted from a recent tour io Chelsea galleries we present a selection of highlights. The artists include Benny Andrews, Alfred Leslie, Mark di Suvero and Carrie Mae Weems.

  • Trident Gallery in Gloucester

    Bringing Relevant Art Back to Cape Ann

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 30th, 2017

    During the 19th Century and era of modernism Cape Ann was home to leading American artists. That faded in the post war era leaving a mostly tacky, conservative, artist colony. Several years ago Matthew Swift launched Trident Gallery as a matrix for Gloucester's best and brightest contemporary artists. While visiting we attended the closing party and special performances of the provocative exhibition The Political Body.

  • Turner at the Frick

    Britain's 19th Century Painter of Light

    By: Ellen O'Donnell Rankin - May 02nd, 2017

    A beautifully presented exhibition built around works from The Frick Collection, Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, brings together 37 water colors, drawings, engravings, sketchbooks and oil paintings, from 1817 – 1845, a turning point in the artist’s career.

  • Muntadas: Projects/Proposals

    At New York's Kent Gallery

    By: Kent - May 05th, 2017

    Muntadas’ original version of Emisión/Recepción was made in Madrid at a moment when Franco’s control over the media left Spain with but one TV station. All locations and all viewership was confined to the same exact broadcast at all times.

  • Berkshire Museum Dumps the Fine Arts

    Selling Two Paintings by Norman Rockwell and 38 Other Works

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 21st, 2017

    When the Berkshire Museum announced plans to focus on science and history there was initial euphoria. To reach a goal of $60 millon, $20 for renoivation, and $40 million for endowment it will sell 40 works of art including two paintings by Norman Rockwell which the artist gave to the museum and his Berkshire neighbors. In so doing it violates deaccession restrictions for art museums. In a shuffle Van Shields, the director of BM, has stated that he does not run an art musuem and is not bound by ethical guidelines. That may change as coverage evolves from local to national news.

  • Rembrandt at the Frick

    The Artist's Divine Encounter

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 08th, 2017

    It’s often said that in some museums you go from a masterpiece to something less in a step. The Frick, mainly the inspiration of the daughter of the steel magnate from Pittsburgh who dueled with Andrew Carnegie, each work that hangs on the walls of the Frick home in New York is perfection.

  • DeYoung Museum Celebrates Summer of Love

    Special Exhibition Has Flowers in Its Hair

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 06th, 2017

    The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll is celebrated at the De Young Museum in San Francisco through August 20. Fifty years ago kids from all over the nation flocked to Haight Ashberry with flowers in their hair. This amazing exhibition displays the artifacts of that phenomenon.

  • Takashi Murakami's Pop Kitsch in Chicago

    Enormous Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 08th, 2017

    Takashi Murakami is best known for his work related to Japanese anime and manga, as well as his sweeps into commercial and pop art and collaborations with artists such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. During last week’s press preview, he was articulate in discussing his work and his inspirations with curator Michael Darling (although the artist occasionally needed help from his translator).

  • Jane Hudson Exhibition in Williamstown

    Exploring Modernism and Updating Abstraction

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 07th, 2017

    Jane Hudson is known to the Berkshire arts community as the other half of the rock duo, Jeff and Jane, as well as for tending shop at various incarnations of Hudson's Antiques. On Sunday, June 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM., an exhibition of her abstract works on paper will open at Hudson Art, 112 Water Street in Williamstown.

  • Clark Features Summer Double Header

    Tandem Exhibitions of Picasso and Alma-Tadema

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 03rd, 2017

    This summer the Clark Art Institute features four special exhibitions Picasso Encounters, an exhibition of prints with a few key paintings, as well as Orchestrating Elegance; Alma Tadema and the Marquand Music Room and two focused on prints and paintings by Helen Frankenthaler. The museum launched its expansion with a spate of blockbusters but is now moving into a new era with less hoopla under its reserved and scholarly French-born director Olivier Meslay.

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