Edwin Dickinson’s forgotten gothic melodrama

“Edwin Dickinson: The Provincetown Years, 1912-1937,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA. Through September 23. In the Boston Globe, Ken Johnson reports: “Unlike those artists generally counted in the first ranks of American painters in the pre-Abstract Expressionist era, Dickinson did not forge a single, formally pared-down modern style. Rather, he worked in two … read more… “Edwin Dickinson’s forgotten gothic melodrama”

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“Gateway Bombay” at the Peabody Essex Museum

“Gateway Bombay,” curated by Susan Bean with help from Beth Citron. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Through Dec. 7, 2008. Ken Johnson writes in the Boston Globe: “Can you name a famous contemporary artist from India? OK, other than Anish Kapoor? I couldn’t either before I saw ‘Gateway Bombay,’ an exhibition at the Peabody Essex … read more… ““Gateway Bombay” at the Peabody Essex Museum”

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Claude Monet’s unknown drawings and sketches at the Clark Art Institute

Ken Johnson in the Boston Globe: “For Monet, the drawing problem was twofold. Practically, his drawing skills were not up to academic standards. And he was temperamentally disinclined to submit to the conservative authority of academic rules and regulations. So even if it is true that Monet continued to draw through his career, what is … read more… “Claude Monet’s unknown drawings and sketches at the Clark Art Institute”

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Neil Jenney resurfaces at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

In the NYTimes, Grace Glueck reports: “Whoa! Could this be the work of Neil Jenney, a star of the 1970s Neo-Expressionist movement, who first intrigued the art world with his so-called “Bad” paintings but has stayed away from the scene for many years?…Apart from their mild, unassertive message, what the paintings convey is that Mr. … read more… “Neil Jenney resurfaces at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum”

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At Boston’s Allston Skirt Gallery: a small, dark, and stinky slice of the art-world pie

In The Phoenix Sharon Steel writes about “Pull My Finger,” a new group show at the Allston Skirt Gallery, curated by artist Joe Zane: “Artists? They just live for slinging crap — it’s like some kind of unlimited paint supply that’s handy, cheap, and gets them controversy bonus points. Where would museum-worthy pieces like Andres … read more… “At Boston’s Allston Skirt Gallery: a small, dark, and stinky slice of the art-world pie”

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At the Boston MFA artists grapple with war

Ken Johnson writes in The Boston Globe: “As the war in Iraq grinds on toward no very clear end, collective reaction to it by contemporary American artists remains muted and uncertain. Two exhibitions responding to the war — one directly and the other indirectly — are now on view in Boston: a powerful solo show … read more… “At the Boston MFA artists grapple with war”

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Venice Biennale: serious and smart

Kim Levin in The Brooklyn Rail: “So many skulls, tibia, ribcages, soldiers in uniform, mortally wounded dolls, and flocks of birds morphing into missiles or warplanes (the way skulls and bones morphed into picks and shovels during the Black Plague) haven’t been seen together in the art world since, well, the Dark Ages….Storr’s show may … read more… “Venice Biennale: serious and smart”

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