Tag: Sebastian Smee

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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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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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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 […]

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Alexis Rockman’s painterly turn at the Rose

In The Phoenix Greg Cook reports that Alexis Rockman, whose earlier work is often compared to the Museum of Natural History’s diorama painting, has adopted an “expressionist action-painting style while holding to the disasters-of-global-climate-change theme. These paintings from 2005 to ’07 are a catalogue of The Day After Tomorrow–style weather […]