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  • 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.

  • Ai Weiwei Shown in Three NY Galleries

    Lisson, Mary Boone and Jeffrey Deitch

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 13th, 2016

    In three concurrent New York gallery exhibitions- Lisson, Mary Boone and Jeffrey Deitch- the dissident Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, has created poignant and roiling new works. This is a massive project by arguably our greatest living artist.

  • Ai Weiwei: Laundromat

    Jeffrey Deitch Gallery

    By: Jeffrey Deitch - Dec 13th, 2016

    Three New York galleries- Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Boone and Lisson Gallery- have collaborated to create a massive, museum-level overview of work by the dissident Chinese artist, Ai Weiewi. This is an interview with the artist in a release from Deitch gallery.

  • Grant Wood's American Gothic

    Iowa's Most Famous Artist

    By: Susan Cohn - Dec 10th, 2016

    American Gothic, arguably the best known and most iconic painting by an American artist, was created by Grant Wood when he was on the dole from the WPA. Artists had to pass in work to get their monthly checks. This painting was part of the inventiry when the relief program was shut down. It was given to the Art Institute of Chicage where it has deliughted viewers ever since.

  • Holiday Tour of NY Museums

    From MoMA to the Met

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 10th, 2016

    Here is a cheat sheet of ranked museum exhibitions if you plan to be in NY for the holidays

  • MASS MoCA Announces Events

    Ladie's Choice for Winter

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 07th, 2016

    Sliding into the Holiday season followed by the dead of wintwr Mass MoCA is looking on the bright side. The North Adams based mega museum has posted a full schedule of enticing upcoming events. It's time to mark the calendar.

  • 2017 Whitney Biennial

    Sixty Three Artists to be Shown from March 17 to June 1

    By: Whitney - Nov 19th, 2016

    The Whitney Museum of American Art was founded in 1931 and opened its first of several venues in 1931. Initially American art was viewed as inferior to the School of Paris. That shifted after WWII with the ascent of the New York School. Early on the museum mounted Annuals which eventually evolved into Biennials. They have long been regarded as reflecting the latest developments in the field. With 63 participating artists the 2017 Whitney Biennial (March 17 to June 1) continues that tradition.

  • Lincoln Center Presents Miwa Matreyek

    Animation and Performance Flow

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 22nd, 2016

    Enchantment. Provocation. Rapture by enrapping. The animator Miwa Matreyek performs as a shadow silhouette in two pieces, one that suggests that beauty of the quotidian, and the other which puts us inside human evolution through geologic time from the Big Bang. You are swept into her vision.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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