Fine Arts

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Black Mountain College: Truth or Dare

    Curator Helen Molesworth Is Against Interpretation

    Black Mountain
    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 05th, 2015

    It took four years for former ICA curator Helen Molesworth and current one Ruth Erickson to organize 200 works by 100 artists as the landmark exhibition "Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957." In a provocative catalogue essay, however, Molesworth states why she has come to no easy conclusions about what occurred in Appalachia during the formative years of the American avant-garde.

  • Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh

    Installation by Chiharu Shiota

    By: Susan Cohn - Nov 06th, 2015

    The Mattress Factory, featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world, was founded in 1977 by Artist Barbara Luderowski in a former Stearns & Foster mattress warehouse in Pittsburgh’s historic Central Northside.

  • 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.

  • Day by Day

    Swinging for the Fences

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 04th, 2015

    Over the span of a decade Vincent van Gogh created an oeuvre of some 2,000 works including 900 paintings and 1,100 drawings. The fifty works on view in Van Gogh and Nature at the Clark allows us to realize what results when an artist works almost every day. That made me think about the 250 or so poems and two books that I created in this past year. What is produced today inspires what happens tomorrow.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ZERO and Sky Art in Istanbul

    A Poetic Convergence at the Sabanci Museum

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 31st, 2015

    ZERO, Countdown to the Future is a comprehensive exhibition, which highlights the works of the movement's founders, Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, and their close friend Gunther Uecker. It provides in depth understanding of ZERO that took away the limits of "what is art" and expanded what art can be in the 20th century.

  • Class Distinctions at the MFA

    Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 22nd, 2015

    There are 75 works in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston exhibition Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer curated by Ronni Baer. Of the marquee artists there are two paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) and four by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669).

  • Istanbul Biennial

    A Vast Platform of Art in a Wondrous City

    By: Zeren Earls - Oct 19th, 2015

    Saltwater as the theme, the city is the stage for the 14th. Istanbul Biennial. Thirty six venues welcome visitors free of charge to view works by international artists, who have found inspiration in the city's location, history, architecture, and culture.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Francesco Clemente's Encampment at Mass MoCA

    With Jim Shaw to January, 2016

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 13th, 2015

    During the Pluralism of the 1980s the Italian born artist Francesco Clemente was a part of the neo expressionist movement. Having recently reinvented himself the artist who lives in New York and India had a series of glitzy decoratve tents fabricated by artisans. The artist has painted the interiors with provocative, fluid, naive narratives. This imajor installtion in Mass MoCA's vast Building Five has been paired with the cartoon inspired, theatrical scaled paintings of the populist artist./ musician conceptualist Jim Shaw. The work is obviously fun and accessible but skates on thin ice.

  • Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010

    German Master Surveyed at MoMA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 03rd, 2014

    Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) was one of the most important Post War German artists. He is the subject of a dense, sprawling and and messy retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art through August 3. It would be a folly and conceit to attempt to review such diverse and eclectic, mind boggling work. For that we refer you to mainstream critics all of whom fail, to varying degrees, to nail down the work of one of the most fascinating and daunting artists of our time.

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