Fine Arts

  • Nick Cave’s Until at MASS MoCA

    Bling, Bling, Sparkle, Sparkle

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 16th, 2016

    Bling, bling, bling went our heartstrings during a first encounter with Nick Cave's "Until" which will be on view at MASS MoCA for a year. The installation which has a festive, crowd pleasing appeal is a not readily apparent statement about deaths of African-Americans in police custody in places like Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere.

  • Ken Moffett at 81

    First Contemporary Curator of the MFA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2016

    During the 1970s Kenworth Moffett, while a full professor at Wellesley College, was hired part time as the founding curator for contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts. After a long illness he passed away at the age of 81. Long after our days as aesthetic adversaries we remained friends. During annual visits to Palm Beach we would meet for lunch in Ft Lauderdale where he was director of its museum. In 2015 we collaborated on an extensive interview which is linked to this obituary.

  • Aaron Siskind's Photographs

    Art Institute of Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jun 27th, 2016

    The beautifully curated exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago shows the full range of Siskind’s abstract expressionist photography in scenes shot in Chicago, New York, Gloucester, Martha’s Vineyard, Rome and other locations all over the world.

  • Summer Nudes in Williamstown

    Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes From the Prado

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 05th, 2016

    In the quid pro quo of museum trades, through October 10, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is hosting “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes From the Prado.” This includes 28 paintings by primarily Italian, Flemish, and Spanish masters of the 16th and 17th centuries.

  • Puck Magazine Exhibition in Chicago

    19th Century Humor Magazine at Driehaus Museum

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 06th, 2016

    Puck, the 19th century literary-political-humor magazine, was revolutionary in ridiculing everything about Gilded Age society through cartoons created by gifted artists of the period. With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age is the new exhibit from Puck magazine on view at the Driehaus Museum, a magnificent 19th century mansion just off Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

  • Rafael Mahdavi Dancing with Luck

    Sonnets by Rory Brennan

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 26th, 2016

    Now 70 the artist Rafael Mahdavi, who lives and works on a farm in the Burgundy region of France, created a suite of nine narrative paintings. They have been handsomely reproduced in a book with 25 sonnets inspired by them from the Irish poet Rory Brennan. There are also critical essays by David Galloway and Jonathan Shimony. It has been interesting to follow the work which has changed in the decades during which I have had extensive critcal dialogues with artist.

  • MASS MoCA Expansion

    To Unveil Memorial Day 2017

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 31st, 2016

    Led by museum director, Joe Thompson, we joined a 'hard hat tour" of the final phase of MASS MoCA renovation and construction. The $65 million project will be completed with a Memorial Day, 2017 weekend of opening celebrations.

  • MASS MoCA Fall Schedule

    Program Through December

    By: MoCA - Aug 03rd, 2016

    MASS MoCA heads into the fall with the 6th annual FreshGrass Festival on September 16-18, a rollicking weekend largely devoted to artists in roots and acoustic bluegrass music — and powers through until December when Dinosaur Jr. takes the stage in a night of power-grunge. In between, swoon for Benjamin Clementine in the Hunter and Eisa Davis up in the Club — and witness what might be one of the most powerful, poignant, and political works we have ever exhibited.

  • Rockwelling the Boat

    Norman's Ersatz Conquest of Abstraction

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 03rd, 2016

    In Norman Rockwell's 1961 Saturday Evening Post illustration "The Connoisseur" a dignified gentleman gazes on a simulacrum of a Jackson Pollock painting. It provided the impetus for a mishegos attempt to locate the representational populist illustrator as responding to the avant-garde art of that formative era.

  • Provincetown Arts

    31 Years of Publishing

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 17th, 2016

    Mid summer, since 1985, we anticipate the annual issue of Provincetown Arts. The current magazine features whimsical works by the figurative fantasy painter Tabitha Vevers.

  • Mass MoCA Installation by Richard Nonas

    The Man in the Empty Space

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 22nd, 2016

    Now in his mid seventies Richard Nonas switched from anthroplogy to sculpture in his thirties. His work is featured in Building Five of MASS MoCA the largest space for contemporary art in North America.

  • Carl Belz at 78

    For 24 Years Director of Rose Art Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 03rd, 2016

    For 24 years Carl Belz was the director of the Rose Art Museum where he was a champion of regional artists with an emphasis on women. There was an annual major exhibition sponsored by Lois Foster who was later instrumental in his ouster when she and her husband Henry were the primary donors of an addition in their name designed by Graham Gund. Belz passed away recently at the age of 78.

  • Susan Erony: Scribe as Artist

    Transcribing Text Into Images

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 13th, 2016

    Working in sessions of four hours, word by word, days turned into months as Susan Erony transcribed the 635 page text of The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson. The resultant work has been exhibited in Gloucester but deserves to be more widely known. She is preparing for an exhibition at Gloucster's Trident Gallery. She took a break to discuss the role of text in her practice as a visual artist.

  • Boston Globe Shrinks Fine Arts Coverage

    Eliminating Cate McQuaid's Weekly Gallery Column

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 21st, 2016

    Bad news continues for the arts community. The Boston Globe has announced that it is elminating Cate McQuaid's weekly gallery column. Kington Gallery is circulating a petition to have the vital coverage reinstated.

  • "Rodin — Transforming Sculpture” Peabody Essex Museum

    Human Form Shaped With Emotional and Psychological Complexity

    By: Mark Favermann - Jun 21st, 2016

    Rodin was the first truly "modern" sculptor. His work was an evolving process in creating figurative pieces that expressed and integrated emotional, psychological and even spiritual notions of humanity. Rodin sometimes mixed, recycled,, and re-combined used “spare parts”: plaster-cast heads, torsos, arms, and legs. His mix-and-match sensibility was the inevitable result of his deep belief that art is always in transition, never complete. And these hybrid assemblages were put together in ways that are intended to evoke passion and reaction. This PEM show is a visual treat.

  • Stefan Stux Closes New York Gallery

    Started in Boston in 1980

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 12th, 2016

    When Stefan and Linda Stux, with a partner, opened a gallery on Newbury Street in Boston in 1980 it was a year before they made a sale. The partner left and they continued to support the gallery while working full time jobs. His brother asked how long he intended to maintain his "museum." The answer was "forever." But now that day has come with the closing of the New York gallery after some 35 years of ups and downs. Stefan and Linda had an enormous impact during the era of Boston's cultural revolution in the 1980s.

  • Stunning Intersections at Peabody Essex Museum

    A Beacon for Remembering Beauty of Islamic Creative Culture

    Intersections at Peabody Essex Museum
    By: Mark Favermann - Feb 26th, 2016

    In a period of radicalism and terrorism, Intersections serves as a beacon for remembering and cherishing the sensitive beauty of the best of Islamic creative culture. This is a must-see visual and environmental experience.

  • Ferrin Contemporary at Mass MoCA

    RE—Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld

    By: Ferrin - Mar 03rd, 2016

    The exhibit at Ferrin Contemporary features work by contemporary artists whose pieces imitate, replicate, or honor inventive repairs of the past. Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld examines the current interest in materially related forms and graphic material by leading artists who exploit and explore surrounding issues. The show was originally presented as a special exhibition at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2016.

  • Ancient Oracles

    Horror Vacui

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 09th, 2016

    In the mid 1960s while working in the basment of the Egyptian Department of the MFA ancient oracles were packed into a dense drawing. It was sold during my second exhibition. I used the money to buy an Alpha Romeo. While organizing files I recovered that vintage image.

  • Nasreen Mohamedi at Met Breuer

    Work of Exquisite Indian Artist Launches Rebranded Museum

    By: Susan Schwalb - Mar 15th, 2016

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has leased the iconic Madison Avenue building that was formerly the home of the relocated Whitney Museum. The artist Susan Schwalb offers an insightful and personal view of the work of the Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990) which launches the new space.

  • Dak'Art African Contemporary Art Biennale

    Dakar, Senegal from May 3 - June 2

    By: Dakar - Mar 16th, 2016

    Dak’Art 2016 is inspired by the theme “The City in the Blue (La Cité dans le jour bleu)” and will be curated by Simon Njami who was also named as the fair’s new artistic director. As inspiration from the theme, Njami selected the extract of Léopold Sédar Senghor’s poem: “Your voice cries out for the Republic - let us raise up that city in a blue daylight: Of equality for brotherly peoples. So we sing in our hearts. “We are here, Guélowar!”

  • Susan Schwalb at Garvey|Simon

    Abstract Metalpoint Works on View in New York Gallery

    By: Garvey|Simon - Mar 19th, 2016

    An exhibition by Susan Schwalb features abstract, linear compositions of mixed metalpoint on colored surfaces, many of which investigate absence or the void as a constructive element The exhibition at Garvey/ Simon Gallery in New York will run from April 28 – June 4, 2016

  • Lester Johnson In Provincetown

    ACME Fine Arts Exhibition Opens on May 20

    By: ACME - Apr 12th, 2016

    The watercolors and ink works making up the exhibition were selected from the artist’s estate by ACME Gallery Director David Cowan. Collectively they chronicle Johnson’s response to the landscape that surrounded him during his summers in the art colony during the 1950s, and reveal how the sights of Provincetown informed the development of his unique and important visual voice.

  • Nick Cave at MASS MoCA

    Preview of October Installation

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 13th, 2016

    African American artist, Nick Cave, creates ritual, fetish costumes Sound Suits which transform and vitalize issues of gender, identity and race. With curator Denise Markonish he discussed an installation that will open at Mass MoCA on October 15 in the vast Building Five.

  • Gagosian Asks Who Reads Poetry?

    Vulgarian One-percenters Trump the Art World

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 30th, 2016

    In the contemporary art world bigger is better. Presiding over the complex ever more decadent global art world is mega dealer Larry Gagosian. As king of the heap he makes no apology for catering to the whims and vulgarian taste of one-percenters. The benefit to the general public is that they can enjoy his museum-level gallery exhibitions free of charge. Critics may debate the quality of the work on display but their opinions have long since been marginalized by those who write the checks. De gustibus non est disputandum.

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