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The New York School at Bowdoin College

Surveying Lower Manhattan’s disparate art world in the 1950s and early 1960s, “New York Cool,” at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, features over 80 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints culled from the collection of New York University. While the post-war period witnessed tremendous creative ferment in […]

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Line: Evidence of movement and purpose

In Fearful Symmetry, Northrop Frye wrote that a “line is a denial of all inertia and paralysis, all doubt and hesitation…(it) is both movement and purpose: whatever the medium of the art, the line exists neither in time or space, but in their eternal and infinite union.” Poet Susan Goldwitz […]

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Cindy Bernard: Can you hear me?

In the Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid writes that Cindy Bernard‘s poignant show at Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery evokes the far-flung community of ham radio operators who kept in touch long before the Internet and blogging made world-building so common. “Artist Cindy Bernard’s grandfather, Bill Adams, got his […]

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Painting the Polar landscape: Majesty and awe

In the Boston Globe Sebastian Smee reports that “To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape” at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem “shows us what happened when 19th- and early 20th-century painters finally decided they were ready to see – and get excited about – the polar […]

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Cristina Toro’s cheery dissonance

In the Boston Globe Cate McQuaid reports that “Toro’s tender, bright, riotous canvases at LaMontagne Gallery captivate with their abundant detail and their range of references. One painting may include nods to Victorian valentines, Turkish decorative arts, needlework, and Josef Albers’s color theory. Toro, a Puerto Rican-born artist who now […]

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Joan Snyder’s new work in Boston

MacArthur Foundation fellow Joan Snyder, 68, presents new paintings at the Neilsen Gallery in Boston, and ten politically-charged photocollages at the Danforth Museum in Framingham. In the Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid reports that Snyder’s paintings at Neilsen don’t merely gush; they have a bristling intelligence. “She’s essentially an Abstract Expressionist […]

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Rouault’s comedy of errors

The current exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art reveals Georges Rouault’s keen sense of disjunction, unintended consequences, and ironic reversals. This irony (a sometimes bitterly satirical one) was often glossed over by a conventional piety that suffused the interpretation and presentation of his work from the time of his […]