Fine Arts

  • 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.

  • Kenworth Moffett's Formative Years at the MFA

    Dialogue with the Museum's First Contemporary Curator

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 10th, 2015

    Recently Kenworth Moffett posted a succinct account of his theoretical views and tenure as founding curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine arts. This is part one of a followup interview with Moffett. Here we explore his education at Columbia and Harvard as well as a unique relationship with Clement Greenberg the leading critic of his generation.

  • Jay Critchley, Incorporated

    Provincetown Art Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 06th, 2015

    Conceptual artist and merry prankster, Jay Critcholey, will have his first museum retrospective at the Provincetown Art Associatrion and Museum from May 1 through June 21. it will present an ove view of three decades of work and residence as a humorous activist in the renowned artists colony. Through his inventive annual events such as Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life Critchley has been instrumental in raising some $4 million for a variety of charities that benefit the community.

  • Lighting Out for Territory

    Group Exhibition at Kimball Jenkins School of Art

    By: Martin Mugar - Mar 01st, 2015

    I have curated a show of painting at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art 266 Main St in Concord,NH(right off I 93). It includes Susan Carr, Martin Mugar, Addison Parks, Paul Pollaro and Jason Travers. It will be up for the Months of March and April.The opening reception is 5-7 on Friday March 14th.

  • Barry Gaither Part Two

    Building National Center for African American Artists

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 28th, 2015

    For the past decade Edmund Barry Gaither has been primarily focused on developing a mixed use parcel in Roxbury which will include a new home for the National Center for African American Artists. That has entailed suspending his projects as an adjunct curator to the Museum of Fine ares and maintaining NCAAA as a skeletal operation in a 19th century former mansion in Roxbury. Despite many setbacks he hopes to get the museum up and running in the next couple of years. This is the second and final part of a dialogue with Gaither..

  • 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.

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