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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 »

The Farnsworth at 60

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The Farnsworth Art Museum is the engine that drives Rockland, Maine. For most of its 60 years, the... Read More »

The Feathered Hand

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Alison Hildreth has one of the finest literary imaginations of any artist I know. Her deeply personal, intuitive... Read More »

The Free Spirit of Vermont

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If there is a straight line in the state of Vermont I have never seen it. Vermont is,... Read More »

The Gary & Gerry Show

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For its second Spotlight New England exhibition focused on contemporary artists working in the region, the Currier Museum... Read More »

The Ghost of Andrew Wyeth

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Andrew Wyeth is dead. He reportedly passed away peacefully in his sleep at the great age of 91.... Read More »

The Intellectual Landscape

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Tula Telfair is a New York artist who teaches painting at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and exhibits her... Read More »

The Interstate-95 Triennial

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Any juried group exhibition is bound to be something of an eclectic grab bag. That’s just the nature... Read More »

The Liberation of Color

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In his classic A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas remembers “a painting book in which I could... Read More »

The North Pole Comes to Salem

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The North Pole is melting. Whether you embrace the scientific consensus that global warming is a man-made phenomenon... Read More »

The Return of Rackstraw Downes

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The Maine art community, myself included, never really appreciated painter Rackstraw Downes when he was a seasonal resident... Read More »

The Rhode Island Red Chicken | Up Close

The Rhode Island Red Chicken | Up Close

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The Rhode Island Red breed began in Adamsville (a village of Little Compton), Rhode Island, in 1854, when... Read More »

The Shelburne Pops a Wheelie

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Back in 1998, entrepreneurial museum director Thomas Krens created something of an art world sensation when he filled... Read More »

The Strange Beauty of Linden Frederick’s Maine

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In the 20th century, skillful, exacting imitation of appearances tended to fall from artistic grace as photography displaced... Read More »

Thermoplastic Downeast

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The Tides Institute and Museum of Art in Eastport, Maine, has been having a 1970s summer. The exhibition... Read More »

This Is Still Life

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The most intriguing object in the Objects of Wonder: Four Centuries of Still Life from the Norton Museum... Read More »

Three Visions in Rockport

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The old fire barn that houses the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in the village of Rockport, Maine,... Read More »



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