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Jasper Johns cools it
The title of Jasper Johns's 1975 painting The Dutch Wives refers to a slang term for, alternately, a prostitute or sex doll or a glory hole.
| June 01, 2012
‘Traces: Persistent & Fleeting’; and Kathy Halper’s ‘POS’
All the small things
Jon Laustsen's new Lilliputian-scaled sculpture is a shack made of wooden shipping pallets precariously balanced atop a stack of more shipping pallets and a familiar real estate yard sale sign rejiggered to read "21st Century/For Sale."
| May 29, 2012
The ‘2012 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition’
Stars on parade
The star, literally, of the "2012 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition," the school's annual showcase of its graduating graduate student talent at the Rhode Island Convention Center is James Franco.
| May 23, 2012
Alex Lukas’s post-apocalyptic landscapes, plus the New Topographics of Barbara Bosworth and Stephen Tourlentes
The skies are seared gray and scuffed by clouds that could be smoke from toxic fires along the horizon.
| May 16, 2012
‘Quigley’s Magic Show’; and Marguerite Keyes’s miniatures
"Quigley's Magic Show" at Buonaccorsi + Agniel (1 Sims Ave, unit 102, Providence, through June 9) is a psychedelic creature double feature by Providence wife and husband team Kyla and James (Gunsho) Quigley.
| May 15, 2012
The McMillans’ video installatons are open to interpretation
Some assembly required
Megan and Murray McMillan's videos unfold with dream logic.
| May 08, 2012
Watertown vs. Walmart
Thinking Outside the Big Box
Some 75 people stand holding signs along Watertown's Arsenal Street on Saturday morning as Mike Mandel shouts their goal: to keep Walmart from moving in up the road.
| May 07, 2012
Daria Tessler at Craftland; AS220’s ‘Delicate Shudder’
‘Realm’ of wonder
The realm of Daria Tessler's "In the Realm of the Seedkeepers," an exhibit of drawings at Craftland, seems to be an often hushed, mystical place.
| May 01, 2012
Alex Katz’s MFA retrospective is no abstraction
Keeping it real
When Alex Katz launched his career as a realist painter in the 1950s, it was a daring move.
| May 01, 2012
Photography ‘In Character’ at the Addison
Photography is always seducing us with its whispered promise that what you see is what you get.
| April 25, 2012
‘Distillation’ at RIC; Salvatore Mancini at Candita Clayton
The purity of paint
At first, the approaches of abstract painters Lisa Russell and Mary Bucci McCoy can appear opposite.
| April 17, 2012
Lucas Foglia’s ‘A Natural Order’ looks at self-sufficiency
Of humans and nature
In 2006, after finishing undergraduate studies at Brown University and photographing a series on community gardens managed by Providence's Southside Community Land Trust, Lucas Foglia bought a minivan, put a bed in the back, and drove south "to photograph people who had responded to current day events ..."
| April 10, 2012
Matt Rich and Zoe Perry-Wood
If street art made a baby with Frank Stella's 1960s geometric abstractions, the offspring would look something like Matt Rich's show "Ghost Muscle" at Samson (450 Harrison Ave Boston, through April 28).
| April 13, 2012
“Penguins, Zombies, and Nudes” at Craftland
Greenville painter Greg Stones writes that he sketches a basic landscape or figure study, "then I try to think of what would make the painting especially awesome. Penguins, zombies, and nudes are invariably the answer."
| April 03, 2012
The Peabody Essex explores Native America
The Cree artist plays his drag show for laughs, but underlying it are serious questions about white genocide of Native American societies, about the stereotyping of Natives, and about gays in America, as well as Native American society.
| April 02, 2012
‘#Occupy’ at Yellow Peril; Roger Shimomura at RIC
The art world and the Occupy movement have a somewhat awkward relationship.
| March 27, 2012
Maxey’s sprawling landscapes; Blackburn’s altered spaces
Exteriors and interiors
After years of visiting her second home in her husband's native United Kingdom, Providence artist Madolin Maxey says it finally occurred to her to paint the hedgerows, rolling hills, giant boulders, and ancient stone crosses in Devon in southwestern England, where their house overlooks the River Dart as it winds northwest from the English Channel.
| March 21, 2012
Buck Hastings’s ‘Vibes & Stuff’ at AS220; ‘Acquire/Inquire’ at RIC
Accidentally on purpose
The first painting in Providence artist Buck Hastings's series Vibes & Stuff at AS220's main gallery features quick, flat brushstrokes that give a curious paint-by-number feel to what appears to be an abstracted shrub.
| March 14, 2012
Radcliffe Bailey and ‘Six Artists from Cairo’
From a distance Radcliffe Bailey's 2009 installation Windward Coast looks like a rolling ocean of big, burned matches, or maybe straw.
| March 13, 2012
Spencer Finch’s ‘Painting Air’ at the RISD Museum
The question at the heart of Spencer Finch's art is: how to recreate fleeting impressions, like the green-blue-brown surface of the Hudson River or the sunlight filtering down from the Pantheon's dome in Rome.
| March 06, 2012
Jerry Uelsmann hallucinates for you
Jerry Uelsmann's photos are like hallucinations.
| February 29, 2012
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