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Portraits in Conflict and Reconciliation

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If you’ve never had your portrait painted, you should. It is one of life’s enduring pleasures. I sat... Read More »

Portsmouth Museum Goes SugiPOP!

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Okay, I’ll admit it. I know nothing about Japanese anime (animated films) and manga (comics). And I know... Read More »

Practicing What They Preach

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When I was in public school in the early 1960s, art education was a redoubt of nonconformists. And... Read More »

Pretty Tough Women at the Aldrich

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Though I have only been there twice, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is one of... Read More »

Prints and the Prince of Prints

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Contemporary Collaborations: Artist and Master Printer at the Portland Museum of Art features fine art prints by 30... Read More »

Provincetown Comes to Boston

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Provincetown is terra incognita to me. I have visited this outpost of art and beach culture but twice... Read More »

Raw and Cooked Landscapes

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Ansel Adams and Ed Burtynsky are a natural pairing not because their photography is so similar but because... Read More »

Real Art Ways Keeps Hartford Hopping

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Real Art Ways, an alternative arts space founded in Hartford, Connecticut in 1975, is one of New England’s... Read More »

Realism After Abstraction

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Ordinarily, exhibitions of art from a museum’s permanent collection are about as newsworthy as re-arranging the furniture. Staff... Read More »

Rockstone and Bootheel @ Real Art Ways

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Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, has organized a multimedia celebration of contemporary West Indian culture that includes... Read More »

Roni Horn aka Roni Horn

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Roni Horn is an androgynous artist. She wears horn-rimmed glasses and keeps her hair cropped short. She has... Read More »

Sacred and Profane Portsmouth

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Frankly, I had no idea what to expect when I drove down to Portsmouth yesterday to check out... Read More »

Sculpture as Poetry in the Maine Landscape

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“For the last 19 years,” says June LaCombe, Maine’s one-woman outdoor sculpture campaign, “I have been trying to... Read More »

Setting Sail on a Sea of Oil

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Hundreds of New York artists spend time each year in Maine, but Katherine Bradford is one of the... Read More »

Simple Beauty of Lois Dodd

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In terms of a sustained vision of everyday beauty, painter Lois Dodd would be hard to beat. Since... Read More »

Solotaire Playing in Portland

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Robert Solotaire passed away a year ago this month at a very youthful 78 years of age. Bob... Read More »

Surf’s Up in Newport

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Photographers love subcultures. Show me an identifiable subculture – gypsies, migrant workers, drug addicts, strippers, veterans, artists, musicians,... Read More »

Susan Shatter’s Watery World of Watercolor

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Susan Shatter ranks among the best contemporary American watercolor painters. Other than Andrew Wyeth, I can’t think of... Read More »

Tank Farm as Work of Art

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Jean Maginnis, founder and executive director of the non-profit Maine Center for Creativity, was out bicycling in South... Read More »

That 70s Show

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Like Pat Steir (Just Looking, Feb. 18, 2010), the artist whose show preceded hers at the Rhode Island... Read More »

The Addison Gets a Makeover

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No one has ever been able to satisfactorily explain to me why a traditional New England prep school... Read More »

The Afterlife of Art

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When painter Carlo Pittore died in 2005 at the age of 62, he left behind a lifetime of... Read More »

The Art of Appropriation

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The art of appropriation, the practice of using someone else’s work as an element of your own, has... Read More »

The Art of Katahdin and Conservation

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The Bates College Museum of Art is currently featuring two exhibitions of art in the form of environmental... Read More »

The Brown Sisters Come to Boston

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For reasons I’ve never quite understood, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston rarely has exhibitions that interest... Read More »

The Business of Art

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Art galleries tend to come and go with the economy. When I first started looking at contemporary art... Read More »

The DeCordova Gets Tired

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Forgive the tired pun of the title. When it comes to sculptor Chakaia Booker’s art, it’s hard to... Read More »



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