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Go & See: Tuesday 29 July – Monday 4 August


Every week, BR&S picks out a series of gallery events, screenings, exhibitions, performances. Here are our choices for you to go & see:

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Thursday July 31 - Sunday August 31 2014

Esther Pullman, Bedroom Mirror, Annisquam MA, Archival pigment print, 2009.
Jane Deering Gallery, 18 Arlington Street, Annisquam, MA
Blue arrived, and its time was paintedThere were two inspirations for this exhibition. One, the simplicity of a summer sky; the other, the poem Azul by Spanish poet Rafael Alberti (1902-1999). Alberti wrote a series of poems in the 1940s which were dedicated to his first experience of painting at the Prado, to the palette, to the paintbrush, and to the various qualities of black, blue, red, and white. Azul (Blue) begins with this line -- Llegó el azul y se pintó su tiempo (Blue arrived, and its time was painted.)

The artists in the exhibition were not asked to reflect on Alberti’s words. Rather, works were chosen for the reference -- however apparent or shaded, charged or reserved, abundant or spare -- to the color, tint, hue, or concept of blue.

Featuring Chris Baker, Geoffrey Bayliss, Deborah Brown, Arturo di Stefano, Tom Fels, Aaron Fink, Jacob Hessler, Tess Jaray, Colin Kennedy, Neeta Madahar, Shaun McNiff, Hughie O’Donoghue, Michael Porter, Esther Pullman, Christina Seely, Juni Van Dyke and Hazel Walker.

Opening Reception:
Thursday July 31
6 pm - 8 pm

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Friday August 1 2014

Free Fun Fridays at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum this Friday.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA
Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays!The Highland Street Foundation is a charitable organization established in 1989 by David J. McGrath, Jr., the founder of TAD Resources International, Inc., the famous employment agency. Highland generously supports local non-profit institutions and sponsors a summer program called Free Fun Fridays. There is free admission, with very few restrictions, at many museums, historic sites, theaters, art centers, and many attractions.

The foundation supports further programs including the Youth Philanthropy Initiative that empowers youth to raise money for charities, ReadBoston, which holds free storytelling events for children in Boston's neighborhoods,
Highland Holidays which helps provide toys, books, games, and other supplies to children during the holiday season, and many more programs that support community organizations.

See the rest of the participants for August 1st here.

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Friday August 1 2014

Shawn Salinger, Hang Around Sundown, Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 46 x 40 inches, 2013
Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. #43, Boston, MA
Kingston Associates’ Annual Exhibition: Free Association 2014The Kingston Gallery Associates is a group of ten artists, juried by the membership to expand the Gallery's contact with artists and to encourage new art. This will be their fifth annual group summer exhibition. Their work represents a wide range of interests, themes, and processes. The Kingston Gallery is delighted to have them exhibit their work as a group and to connect with the Boston arts community.

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 1
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Artist Talk:
Sunday, August 10
1 pm - 3 pm

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Friday August 1 2014

The National Poster Retrospecticus at Boston Art Gallery.
Boston University Art Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
The National Poster RetrospecticusThe National Poster Retrospecticus showcases over 100 of the most prominent poster designers in the country. The show includes Aaron Draplin, Daniel Danger and Aesthetic Apparatus. Posters for bands like Modest Mouse, Phish, Wilco and hundreds of others will be on display for the public, free of charge.

About the National Poster Retrospecticus:
With roots that go back as far as 2006, the current format of the show took shape in the Spring of 2012. Our mission is to celebrate posters and the made- by-hand aesthetic. We want to help spread that enthusiasm around the world. The National Poster Retrospecticus is produced and curated by John Boilard; a poster designer and enthusiast who has been setting up art and music events since 1998.
6 pm - 11 pm

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Friday August 1 2014

Tim McCool at Find & Form Space.
Find & Form Space, 524 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA
Look No FurtherLook No Further, an exhibition of new paintings by Boston artist Tim McCool.

Often using bright colors and cartoonish imagery paired with snarky, off-kilter phrases, McCool’s work is all about creating a sense of befuddled amusement, the state in which they were created. In these new paintings, McCool worked and reworked the canvases, often completely covering the previous painting, until they reached a kind of uneasy balance; between innocence and cynicism, between spontaneity and consideration, building narrative threads while undercutting them.

6 pm - 9 pm

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Thursday July 31 - Thursday August 7 2014

Catch the final three performanes of Jeff Huckleberry'sThings About Rainbows at the Boston Center for the Arts.
The Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
Things About Rainbows
The Boston Center for the Arts presents Things about Rainbows, a process-based, evolving exhibition and performance art series that revolves around the work of artist Jeff Huckleberry. Huckleberry, who has been making performance art for over twenty years, employs a wide variety of materials, including paint, lumber, power tools, rubbing alcohol, ground coffee, dirt and ambient soundscapes. His performances explore a variety of dichotomies—playful/painful, serious/humorous, awkward/elegant—and consciously embody the politics of labor and art production. The exhibition title is inspired by both the artist’s complex exploration of how we perceive the goal of aesthetic experience, which Huckleberry colloquially refers to as "the thing," and a body of work he developed based on the nature of rainbows. Performances: Thursday, July 31; Monday, August 4; Thursday, August 7, 7 pm/ / / / / / / / / / / /

Saturday August 2 - Saturday August 30 2014

Washington Street, 321 Washington Street
Somerville, MA
Me and My Friends Make Art III

The third installment of Me and My Friends Make Art features a selection of WS artists and their friends.Marissa Falco & Maritza Soto
Danielle Festa & Maya Brodsky
Chris Cavallero & Silvi Naci
Lauren Leone & Mike Gintz
Jill Comer & Anna Kovacs
Lee Kilpatrick & Ryan Walsh
Gretchen Ann Graham & Ellen Shapiro-Smith
Amy Dexter & Jane Messinger

Opening Reception:
Saturday August 2
7 pm - 10 pm

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Wednesday 6 - Sunday 24 August 2014

François-Xavier de Costerd, LightBeams series, HD Video, 2013
Boston Sculptors Gallery, 18 Arlington Street, Annisquam, MA
Twelve NightsBoston Sculptors Gallery presents Twelve Nights, an exhibition of works by Todd Antonellis, Halsey Burgund, Stephanie Cardon, François-Xavier de Costerd, Kelly Anona Kerrigan, Leah Gauthier, Liz Shepherd and Liz Nofziger. Twelve Nights explores the impact of group critique on individual practice and the connections across media that develop as a result of frequent collaboration and exchange.

Once monthly, amounting to twelve nights a year, the eight artists in this exhibition convene to discuss their evolving work. Those conversations focus on artworks often in their infancy, at the stage of an idea or a sketch. The exhibition displays a selection of works that have resulted from these shared moments of monthly reflection. It is the conclusion of an experiment in revealing the intersections which can occur even within an eclectic group of individual artists owing to the intimacy with which they have come to know each others’ practice since they first started meeting in 2007.

The group, as an exercise over the course of a year, has kept a shared blog of their studio work, in order to expand on the conversation beyond the single evenings and, later, to trace the emergence of ideas and forms. A space in the gallery is devoted to playfully revealing the lines of inquiry that lead to each artwork, and the twists and turns taken in each individual’s process as it responded to the group’s input.

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