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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nick Cave at MASS MoCA

    Preview of October Installation

    Cave
    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.

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