Fine Arts

  • Taubman Museum of Art

    Opened in Roanoke, Virginia in 2008

    By: Susan Cohn - May 19th, 2015

    The Taubman Museum of Art occupies a dramatic, 81,000-square-foot geometrically oblique building just across from Roanoke, Virginia’s historic Marketplace Square. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout and completed in 2008, the museum, with its swooping and soaring metal roof, is a dramatic architectural presence that has established itself as a major force in the life of Roanoke’s thriving arts community.

  • Janet Echelman's Dazzeling Aerial Sculpture

    With This Project, Boston Has Become A Public Art Player

    By: Mark Favermann - May 17th, 2015

    A major piece of public art was floated above the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Downtown Boston. The scale, complexity and the fact that it was even done at all makes a clear statement that Boston has joined the 21st Century. The artwork by artist Janet Echelman is a strong indication that the sky is now literally the limit.

  • Two Natures Talking at Gallery 51 in North Adams

    Exhibition Combines Artists and Poets

    By: MCLA - May 16th, 2015

    On Thursday, May 28, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 will open “Two Natures Talking,” a text/image exhibition that pairs up visual artists Wilma Rifkin and Ellen Joffe-Halpern with poets Stephen Rifkin and Annie Raskin. On Sunday, June 14, the Gallery will host a poetry reading with Stephen Rifkin and Raskin, from 2 to 3 p.m.

  • Conceptual Artist Chris Burden at 69

    Shock of the No Longer New

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 11th, 2015

    Particularly in the early work starting with Five Day Locker Piece in 1971 when he remained confined to a cramped space as his thesis project Chris Burden tested the limits of his human endurance. His occasionally death defying art entailed getting shot, crucified to a Volkwagen, and laying down in traffic. Given these dark projects, reporting on his death at 69 from melanoma, lacks the intensity and dramatic impact of his work. We recall meeting with him during a 1989 exhibition at Boston's ICA. Speaking with him about outrageous work made perfect sense.

  • Museum Director Michael Rush at 65

    Battled Brandeis University over Rose Art Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 03rd, 2015

    In 2009 Michael Rush, then the director of the Rose Art Museum, took the fall when Brandeis University schemed to close the museum and sell its $350 million collection. In 2010 he became the founding director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. He died recently at 65.

  • Jane Farver Death in Venice

    Former MIT List Director at 68

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 01st, 2015

    The Venice Biennale is about to open. The renowned curator and museum director, Jane Farver, was working with the artist Joan Jonas on an installation in the American Pavilion. It was announced that she died suddenly apparently of a heart attack. Jane was a friend and beloved mentor during her tenure as director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center from 1999 to 2011.

  • Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha

    Journey of a Prince and an Artist

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 29th, 2015

    From 1833 to 1834, the explorer and naturalist Prince Alexander Philipp Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied, Germany, traveled on a 2,500-mile journey into the American Interior, generally following the path of the Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-6). Maximilian was accompanied by the Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, whom the prince had hired to record the cities, rivers, and people they saw along the way. Maximilian and the 23-year-old Bodmer left St. Louis in April 1833 and

  • Provincetown Artist/ Activist Jay Crichtley

    Retrospective at Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 28th, 2015

    The Provincetown based based conceptual artist a master of gonzo agit-prop, Jay Critchley, is having his first museum level solo exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. We visited his cluttered home, studio and back yard where he was preparing works for installation in the museum. We viewed the artifacts from numerous projects and conceptual works.

  • Artist Otto Piene’s Last Environmental Artwork

    A Test Run at a Boston Gallery before Exhibition in Germany

    By: Mark Favermann - Apr 25th, 2015

    With the passing of pioneering art and technology artist Otto Piene last Summer, his creative legacy has continued to be showcased with shows in Berlin, the Guggenheim in New York and the Cyberarts Gallery in Boston. Recently, the prolific Piene's last art installation was "tested" at the Miller Yezersky Gallery in Boston's SOWA District in preparation for an exhibit at at LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster, Germany. The master artist's spirit embraced this wonderful environmental art event.

  • Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

    Traveling Exhibition of Vintage Paintings

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 25th, 2015

    Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is a full-scale exhibit of about 45 of Motley's paintings now on view at the Chicago Cultural Center. Along the corridor leading to the gallery is a display of information about Motley's life and work. Jazz age music plays on the gallery sound system. Prior to Chicago the exhibition was on view at the LA Country Museum of Art. The next stop if the Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Cleveland Museum of Art

    Completing a $350 Million Expansion by Rafael Viñoly

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 16th, 2015

    May 2014 marked the official opening of th Cleveland Museum's new atrium, part of a $350 million dollar expansion designed by award-winning Uruguyan architect, Rafael Viñoly. It is one of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation, with 45,000 objects spanning 6,000 years.

  • Biennale di Venezia 2015

    Organized by by Okwui Enwezor

    By: Roger D’Hondt - Apr 16th, 2015

    The 56th Biennale of Venice opens on May 9. The Belgian critic Roger D’Hondt offers a preview.

  • Tony Simotes Part Two

    One Foot Out the Door then Kate Called

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 16th, 2015

    The contract with Milliken University was due to arrive when Kate Maguire called and asked Tony Simotes to meet for breakfast. Racing against the clock and making phone calls she offered him a job as second in commend at Berkshire Theatre Group. Then Tony and Lucy faced the tough decision of turning down tenure, benefits and security to take another challenging but risky job in theatre.

  • Wedgewood Ceramics at Birmingham Museum

    Unique Collection in Alabama

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 14th, 2015

    Within the Birmingham Museum of Art, a charming parquet-floored, yellow-walled gallery contains the largest collection of Wedgwood ceramics in the United States. It consists of some 10,000 pieces thousands of which are displayed.

  • Matthew Teitelbaum New Director of the MFA

    Former ICA Curator Returns to Boston

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 10th, 2015

    From 1989 to 1993 Matthew Teitelbaum was an ICA curator under director Milena Kalinovska. On August 2, after some 22 years at the Art Gallery of Ontario, he will take over as the 11th director of the Museum of Fine Arts. It is anticipated that he will bring a more welcoming management style than the autocratic Malcolm Rogers who cleaned house and instilled fear in the staff under the mantra of One Museum.

  • Biographer Belinda Rathbone at the Clark

    Free Lecture Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm

    By: Clark - Apr 10th, 2015

    Belinda Rathbone, daughter of Perry Rathbone, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1955 to 1972, discusses her book The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change, and a Daughter’s Search for the Truth at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm.

  • Ogle Winston Link Photographed Steam Locomotives

    Visiting His Roanoke Virginia Museum

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 08th, 2015

    By 1960, when the transition from steam to diesel was complete, Ogle Winston Link had captured 2400 images. Today, 250 of these dramatic photographs are displayed at the O. Winston Link Museum in the former passenger station of the Norfolk and Western Railway in downtown Roanoke.

  • Sheldon Museum of Art Lincoln, Nebraska

    American Masterpieces Intersect on the Prairie

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 07th, 2015

    The Sheldon Museum holds a broad representation of the history of American art. Its comprehensive collection includes more than 12,000 objects.

  • Missouri Artist Thomas Hart Benton

    Frequently Visited College of the Ozarks

    By: Susan Cohn - Apr 07th, 2015

    Thomas Hart Benton—painter, muralist, and writer from Missouri—often stopped at College of the Ozarks, in the mountains of southern Missouri, to visit his long-time friend, art teacher Steve Miller.

  • Michael Conforti Director of Clark Art Insitiute

    Retires As of August 31, 2015

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 19th, 2015

    Recently the Clark Art Institute completed a $145 million expansion and renovation following the master plan of Tadao Ando. Now 69 the director Michael Conforti will retire this summer following 20 years in Williamstown. Widely regarded as one of America's finest mid size regional museums on his watch the endowment grew from $128 million to $357 million.

  • Sculptor Len Poliandro

    Working with Metal and Glass

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 16th, 2015

    The sculptor Len Poliandro and his wife Ling have relocated from Williamstown in the Berkshires to Tuscon, Arizona. .During a visit last fall we spoke with Poliandro about the progress of his experiments to pour glass over metal, In the beginning the success rate was just one in ten. Now it is relatively rare that the glass breaks. In the beginning, some years ago, experts told him that it couldn't be done. With commitment and adventurous risk taken he has proven them wrong. Previously he has shown his work at the Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams.

  • P. Brantley - G. Lucy: Coming Home to Caruthersville, Missouri

    Two Artists, Two Perspectives - April 12 – May 10, 2015

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Mar 16th, 2015

    The Caruthersville Area Arts Council invited Pennie Brantley and Gary Lucy, their most prominent artists and former citizens, to exhibit their work at the Caruthersville Armory, which will be transformed into a large gallery space. Both artists, both realist painters, have made their marks in the art world nationally and internationally. Caruthersville is preparing for the biggest art event yet!

  • Kemworth Moffett Part Three

    Ft. Lauderdale and Denver

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 14th, 2015

    In this third and final installment Kenworth Moffett discusses eight years in Ft. Lauderdale followed by one in Denver. Because of the Warhol Effect in the mid 1960s there was a paradigm shift away from the dominance of the critical thinking of Harold Rosenberg and Clement Greenberg. Moffett remained committed to color field painting and the New New Painters who followed.

  • Felda and Dena Hardymon's Clark Donation

    $15 Million for the Clark Art Institute

    By: Clark - Mar 12th, 2015

    The Clark Art Institute announces a major gift of $15 million from Felda and Dena Hardymon that is one of the largest donations in the Clark’s history. The Hardymons, residents of Berkshire County and Cambridge, Massachusetts, have watched the Clark’s evolution over the last two decades. While the gift was made to support the Clark’s campus expansion program and ongoing activities, the Institute’s Board of Trustees recently voted to name the director’s position in recognition of their generosity. The newly established Felda and Dena Hardymon Director position is held by Michael Conforti.

  • Ken Moffett Part Two

    Missing Out on Lavender Mist and a Mondrian

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 11th, 2015

    As founding curator of contemporary art for the museum of fine arts Kenworth Moffett acquired some 100 key works including a Picasso, Miro and Pollock. During the brief tenure of Merrill Rueppel as director he missed the opportunity to acquire the Pollock masterpiece Lavender Mist. Inviting guest curators Moffett brought a lively and diverse program to a museum notable for ignoring modern and contemporary art.

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