Charles Giuliano


Publisher & Editor. Charles was the director of exhibitions for the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University where he taught art history and the humanities. He taugh tModern Art and the Avant-garde for Metropolitan College of Boston University. After many years as a contributor, columnist and editor for a range of print publications from Art New England, Art News, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Herald Traveler and Patriot Ledger, to mention a few, he went on line with Maverick Arts which evolved into a website.

Recent Articles:

  • Cadillac Crew by Tori Sampson Front Page

    At Yale Rep

    By: Karen Isaacs - May 18th, 2019

    The play opens in the early 1960s in a civil rights office in Virginia. The leader – Rachel Helen Christopher has arranged for Rosa Parks to come and to speak to a group; it is the big day. But will it actually happen?

  • The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective Front Page

    Patricia Milton World Premiere at Berkeley City Club

    By: Victor Cordell - May 18th, 2019

    Central Works’ world premiere of Patricia Milton’s The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective is a brisk and bright crime procedural. It is a feminist cry. Taking place in London at the end of the 19th century, we are reminded that the misogynism of that day has been diminished but not extinguished.

  • Anne Bogart Directs Boston Lyric Opera Front Page

    Vivid production of The Handmaid’s Tale

    By: Doug Hall - May 17th, 2019

    Boston Lyric Opera has surpassed their charge to “translate this story in the moment for the audience” as stated by renowned theater and opera director Anne Bogart, who joined the creative team at the helm of “The Handmaid’s Tale” production.

  • The Power Plant Front Page

    Toronto’s Renowned Contemporary Art Kunsthalle

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 16th, 2019

    Occupying a former municipal structure, since 1987, The Power Plant in Toronto has been a renowned presenter of Canadian and global contemporary art. We visited during the final days of three solo exhibitions: “Same Dream” by Omar Ba a Senegalese artist who divides time between Dakar and Geneva, Switzland. Shuvinai Ashoona, a member of a renowned family of Inuit artists, presented “Mapping Worlds.” For twenty years, Alicia Henry, a graduate of Yale, has resided in Nashville, Tennessee where she teaches at Fisk University. Her show was titled "Witnessing."

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery Plans AK360 Front Page

    Buffalo’s Great Museum Gets Even Better

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 15th, 2019

    Founded in 1862 as Buffalo Fine Arts Academy today Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery is regarded as one of America's foremost small, regional museums. Its first building opened in 1906. In 1962 a wing was added and a new 30,000 square foot structure will begin construction at the end of this year. It will double space for the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

  • Refus Global to Intersectionality Front Page

    Rethinking Paradigms for Canadian Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 14th, 2019

    In a complex reconfiguration of permanent collections of Canadian museums there is a mandate for integration of First Nations work with galleries of post war abstraction. While change is welcome and necessary, for now, the juxtapositions are complex and disorienting. There is more contrast than confluence.

  • Henry Moore Sculpture Centre Front Page

    900 Works at Art Gallery of Ontario

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 13th, 2019

    The Art Gallery of Ontario owns 900 works by Henry Moore including large plasters for bronzes, maquettes, drawings and related materials. The 1,200 square foot gallery and its ancillary displays comprise the largest public collection of the artist's work. Simply put, it is one of the most magnificent experiences of 20th century sculpture on a global level.

  • Social Commentary by Canadian Kent Monkman Front Page

    Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 12th, 2019

    The special exhibition "Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience" by the First Nations artist Kent Monkman is a game changer. With ferocious wit the artist deconstructs horrific aspects of Canadian history through a series of narrative, social realist paintings. We viewed the work at the McCord Museum in Montreal where the traveling exhibition closed on May 5.

  • Life Sucks by Aaron Posner Front Page

    Deconstructing Uncle Vanya for the Umpteenth Time

    By: Victor Cordell - May 12th, 2019

    Here we go again messing with Chekov. This time Aaron Posner has his way with the Russian master. Uncle Vanya is a comedy in the sense that it is full of pitiable, laughable characters in awkward situations, and nobody dies (but one almost does!). In Life Sucks, Posner makes the characters more ridiculous and more expressive to add energy and bolder humor. Vanya is shlepier. Aster is more passionate for his causes. Ella is a stronger magnet.

  • The Diary of Anne Frank Front Page

    Palm Canyon Theatre

    By: Jack Lyons - May 11th, 2019

    “The Diary of Anne Frank”, at the Palm Canyon Theatre (PCT) in Palm Springs, is a must-see production no matter wherever and/or whenever it is staged. It’s a poignantly dramatized play written 76 years ago by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, that unfortunately is very relevant today.

  • Significant Other by Joshua Harmon Front Page

    At San Francisco Playhouse

    By: Victor Cordell - May 11th, 2019

    The very title Significant Other is poignant and of our time. Its abstractness as a term contrasts with the more intimate traditional words it represents. The topic matter is also relevant and the treatment authentic.

  • The Resurrection of Son House Front Page

    Legendary Mississippi Blues Singer

    By: Herbert Simpson - May 11th, 2019

    The show is emotional, bewitching, and always entertaining. It is based on the biography of Son House by Rochester native Daniel Beaumont. But ultimately it is a celebration.

  • Summer at MASS MoCA Front Page

    Complete Schedule of Exhibitions, Festivals, and Events

    By: MoCA - Apr 28th, 2019

    On May 25, come for MASS MoCA’s 20th birthday blowout that spreads across the museum campus to encompass new exhibitions, art-infused versions of your favorite games, live music by performers from both near and far, great food, and a world of fun. The day’s events kick off with An Afternoon of Conversation & Song with Annie Lennox at 4pm, a rare solo-acoustic performance to benefit the Annie Lennox Foundation (as well as MASS MoCA’s Fund for New Music).

  • All in the Timing by David Ives Front Page

    Comedy by Tony Winner at North West Rep

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 28th, 2019

    David Ives won a Tony for the sado/masochistic, dark comedy "Venus in Fur." Although written twenty-six ago, "All in the Timing" features six comedy vignettes that are highly relevant to audiences of 2019. There is no dated material in this cleverly written and sensationally performed production.

  • The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess Front Page

    Directed by Kimberly Senior at LA's Geffen Playhouse

    By: Jack Lyons - Apr 27th, 2019

    “The Niceties”, a sharp, intelligently written drama by playwright Eleanor Burgess that is smartly and seamlessly directed by seasoned director Kimberly Senior, is currently on stage at the Geffen Playhouse, in Los Angeles. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives in age and place explodes into an urgent debate about race.

  • You Me and Art: Artists in the 21st Century Front Page

    A Book of Interviews by Marta Gynp

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 27th, 2019

    A book of interviews by Dutch art historian Marta Gynp "You Me and Art: Artists in the 21st Century" is lively, eclectic and informative. Of the twenty individuals she interacts with some are well known and others less so. In several instances what artists had to say about their work changed how I respond to it. In an engaging and familiar manner she was able to get behind the facade to probe intimate thoughts and insecurities. That approach reveals a humanistic view of how work evolves from studios to galleries and museums.

  • Toulouse Lautrec and the Stars of Paris Front Page

    Collaboration of MFA and Boston Public Library

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 26th, 2019

    The special exhibition “Toulouse Lautrec and the Stars of Paris” is a collaboration of the Museum of Fine Arts and The Boston Public Library. Their great combined depth in prints and posters is supplemented with loans from other museums. In addition to his signature graphic works the exhibition is expanded with paintings, photographs, and sculptures by other impressionist and post impressionist artists.

  • An Important New Sondheim Overture Front Page

    Lisa Yuen Narrates Tale of International Intrigue at Lyric Theater

    By: Matt Robinson - Apr 26th, 2019

    Lisa Yuen returns to Boston's Lyric Stage performing multiple, male roles in Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures. If you are familiar with the musical expect to see a fresh and accessible revival by director Spiro Veloudos. The production runs from May 10 through June 18.

  • Bauhaus Centennial a Global Celebration Front Page

    Numerous Exhibitions and Publications

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2019

    In 1919 Walter Gropius retrofitted the Grand-Ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts into what he dubbed Bauhaus. In its centennial year there are global celebrations through media coverage, publications and exhibitions. It has been reported that there are 600 shows in Germany. We have been reading and visiting work on view at the Museum of Fine Arts and some 200 objects from the 50,000 donated through Gropius and others to Harvard University. He joined the Graduate School of Design as its director in 1937.

  • Boston Lyric Opera’s The Handmaid’s Tale Front Page

    Based on the Novel by Margaret Atwood

    By: Doug Hall - Apr 24th, 2019

    The award winning Hulu production of Margaret Atwood's "The Hanmaid's Tale" will make this Boston Lyric Opera production readily familar to audiences. Composer Poul Ruders’ stunning contemporary score brings this dark social tale to the stage in large-scale, presenting his work with a massive, multi-faceted approach to orchestration. BLO has commissioned Ruders to create a new edition of the opera, bringing an expected orchestra size to approximately 65 players, with a chorus of about 34 singers.

  • The Pretenders Coming to MASS MoCA Front Page

    North Adams Back on the Chain Gang

    By: MoCA - Apr 23rd, 2019

    Yet again MASS MoCA has scored the top rock event of the summer. Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders will perform on Friday, July 26.

  • Boston's Ancient Mariner Word

    When Cod Was God

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 23rd, 2019


  • Tanglewood Adds Pops Tribute to Queen Front Page

    Marc Martel to Perform Freddie Mercury Hits

    By: BSO - Apr 23rd, 2019

    On Thursday, June 27 at 8 p.m., the Boston Pops and special guest Marc Martel join together for a celebration of the legendary rock band Queen. Martel, known for his striking vocal resemblance to Freddie Mercury, Queen’s lead singer, has been fronting Queen's official tribute show, The Queen Extravaganza, since 2011.

  • Jean Bergantini Grillo on Boston Media Front Page

    Senior Editor and Art Critic for The Cambridge Phoenix

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 21st, 2019

    Jean Bergantini Grillo was hired as a senior editor and columnist when The Cambridge Phoenix was launched by Jeffrey Tarter on October 9, 1969. She worked with renowned editor Harper Barnes trying to bring shape and coherence to a staff of hippie writers. Today she is writing a play about that era and its macho newsroom. She was one of three women on staff and knew how to use her elbows. She later wrote for The Village Voice, an experience described as chaotic, but loved four years with the Daily News.

  • First Love Is the Revolution by Rita Kalnejais Front Page

    At Steep Theatre in Chicago

    By: Nancy Bishop - Apr 21st, 2019

    Rita Kalnejais’ play, which premiered in London in 2015, is a gorgeous display of animal choreography, directed by Devon de Mayo. As I watched this zoo-rama of animals scuffle among themselves and fight their antagonists, both animal and humans, I was smitten with the energy and genius of their movements.

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