Fine Arts

  • Sublimating Text into Image & Image into Text

    Pictorializing the Linear Barcode Symbology at Berkshire Artist Museum

    By: Robert Henriquez - Jul 01st, 2015

    The art historian, Keith Shaw, has organized That '70s Show which is part one of a Then and Now project for the Berkshire Artist Museum in North Adams, Mass. He asked 15 artists to exhibit selections from some 40 years ago as well as their current work. In the case of Robert Henriquez his single piece is both Then and Now. The concept was conceived in the 1970s but it it only recently that digital programming has progressed sufficiently to realize a singular work of art. This research and technology has resulted in a stunning work of museum level quality.

  • Berkshire Artist Museum

    Featuring Work by Eric Rudd and Regional Artists

    By: Charles giuliano - Jun 28th, 2015

    After one season the Rudd Museum of Art in North Adams has been renamed with a new mandate as Berkshire Artist Museum. It recently reopened with a Rudd installation Iceberg in the nave and That '70s show as phase one of Then and Now which will be complete later in the season.

  • 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.

  • Basment Tapes

    Tales from the Crypt of the MFA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2015

    During my recent book launch at The Mount my friend private art dealer Jim Jacobs regaled playwright Mark St. Germain with stories of our time together as interns in the Museum of Fine Arts back in the 1960s. At Mark's suggestion this has now inspired a suite of poems gathered as The Basement Tapes. It is my first attempt to create an extended work an idea which previously was suggested by my poet friend and mentor Stephen Rifkin

  • Putting the Nose on the Ankh-Haf

    Restoration Was Not Appreciated

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 10th, 2015

    For two and a half years I worked in the basement of the Egyptian Department of the Museum of Fine Arts. But truly I was the servant of the Pharaohs and the spirituality of their sublime vision of an after life. Part of that was repairing damage and making them whole. Like fixing the broken nose of the Ankh- Haf.

  • ICA Boston to Survey Black Mountain College

    Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 16th, 2015

    When the rise of the Third Reich led to closing the Bauhaus in 1933 the architect Walter Gropius and his wife the weaver. artist Anni regrouped in rural North Carolina to establish a small experimental outpost for advanced art and design Black Mountain College. The faculty and students were intended to build their dorms and studios as well as grow their food and raise livestock. Never having a solid endowment the experiment ended in 1957. Gropius went on to Harvard and the rest of the faculty scattered. The impact on post war American arts was indelible. Organized by former curator Helen Molesworth this promises to be one of the most ambitious and informative exhibitions of the fall season. It will be on view in Boston Oct. 10, 2015 to Jan. 24, 2016 and then travel to LA and Columbus, Ohio.

  • 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.

  • Zombie Formalism

    Responding to Banality in Contemporary Art

    By: Martin Mugar - May 23rd, 2015

    Martin Mugar coined the term Zombie Formalism. That bounder, Walter Robinson, a known grifter and blowhard has claimed it as his own. Here our man Mugar bares his soul and makes a case. This is more heavy lifting in the realm of art criticism. Like how about that lead with Heidegger. Not exactly bedtime reading for most of us.

  • Tina Olsen Talks About Warhol at Williams

    Making Books

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 01st, 2015

    Warhol by the Book at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is on view through August 16, 2015. Creating books was a vital part of Warhol's career’s. It is the first in depth presentation of a relatively unexplored aspect of his work. Taking over the top level galleries of the museum there are 500 works on view featuring some 300 from the Williams collection and many works from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. We spoke about the project with MCMA director, Tina Olsen.

  • Collages by Raeford Liles

    Publishing the Greek Pots Series

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 05th, 2015

    I have known and much appreciated the witty and whimsical artist Raeford Liles since the 1960s. He was represented by the East Hampton Gallery when I worked there. Some years ago the artist returned to Birmingham, Alabama where he grew up. Now in assisted living his family has been working to catalog, archive and preserve decades of his work. From this extensive project has emerged the publication of a series of digital prints from his inspired Greek Pots series.

  • Stickwork: Interweaving Myth and Reality

    Temporal and Mystical Public Art at Peabody Essex Museum

    Stickwork at PEM
    By: Mark Favermann - Jun 01st, 2015

    Enigmatically, sculptor Patrick Dougherty bends, weaves and flexes saplings into architectural sculptures that dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment. Over the last 30 years, he has created more than 250 works throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Constructed from saplings collected by area volunteers, "What the Birds Know" provides a wonderful and viscerally accessible counterpoint to the highly finished wood-frame early 18th Century Crowninshield-Bentley House. This is the first time PEM has commissioned an outdoor sculptural installation. And the bar has been set very high.

  • Gerard Malanga on Andy Warhol's Mother Julia

    Insights to Mother and Son Collaborations at WCMA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 04th, 2015

    The major exhibition this summer at the Williams College Museum of Art is "Warhol by the Book" through August 16, 2015. Of the 500 works on view some of the most intriguing material entails collaborations involving Warhol's graphic design and his mother Julia's calligraphy. We spoke about Julia with former Warhol associate the poet Gerard Malanga who knew her well.

  • Janet Echelman's Dazzeling Aerial Sculpture

    With This Project, Boston Has Become A Public Art Player

    Janet Echelman Sculpture
    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.

  • 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.

  • Hokusai Makes Waves at the MFA

    230 Works by Japanese Master on View to August 9

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 25th, 2015

    Because of the activity of the 19th century collector William Sturgis Bigelow the Museum of Fine Arts has some 30,000 Japanese prints. He donated 80% of these treasures. Through August 8 the MFA is showing 230 works by the Japanese master Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). The centerpiece is his iconic color woodblock print “Under the Wave off Kanagawa,” “a.k.a. “The Great Wave.” It is from "Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji" which the artist produced while in his 70s. He later added ten more because of the success of the series.

  • Boston CyberArts Reaches into the Public Domain

    From Desktop to Laptop to Public Art

    Boston Cyberarts
    By: Mark Favermann - May 26th, 2015

    Making digital art even more accessible, Boston Cyberarts is fostering major public art installations. This is art with virtually no boundaries. Founder George Fifield is the "godfather" of new art forms being computer-generated. Cyberarts is a 21st Century entity bringing new mediums to the masses.

  • Art and Poetry at Gallery 51

    Stephen and Wilma Rifkin, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Annie Raskin

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 29th, 2015

    Two Natures Talking: Poetry and Visual Arts at Gallery 51 of MCLA in North Adams brings together the paintings of Wilma Rifkin with the poems they inspire by her husband Stephen. The exhibition which has been curated by Julia Morgan-Leamon also pairs the visuals of Ellen Joffe-Halpern and poems by Annie Raskin.

  • Lauren Olitski: Painting From Nature

    Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, May 28 - June 28, 2015

    By: Mitchell.Giddings - May 26th, 2015

    Lauren Olitski is known for the vibrant and exciting surfaces and bold colors of her abstract acrylic paintings. In this body of work, her masterful infusion of organic elements (garnet, pumice, and molding paste) into the plastic, inorganic acrylic gels and paints gives her work a rare visceral authenticity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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