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T'was the first week of December, and all through the house, the heater was grinding, disturbing the mouse. Equally enchanting is the first New England snowfall of the season (as I write) that have to walk home through it this evening. On the indoors (or outside, near lamp post, tramping the NewburyOpen.net), warm yourself near a CPU exhaust fan, keep your hands hot on a USB powered coffee mug, and serve up our sampling for No. 73:

Articles - we have an interview with photographer Michael Schmelling from Shane Lavalette; reviews, a one year recap of the new ICA from Matthew Nash, a report on legislators, politics and the state of the arts in Boston from Christian Holland. Reviews - we one on a lecture from the ICA by Maria LaCreta and the a current show at the List from Phaedra Shanbaum. Out of town reviews include venues like the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto from Jennifer McMackon, the Johnson Museum in Ithaca from Arthur Whitman, and Portland State University in Portland by Micah Malone.

For extra credit: advice from the Anonymous Art Dealer, an Art Basel horoscope in this issue's Report from the Phantom Zone, and the next installment of The White Cube. Find out what happens!

About Author

Matthew Gamber is a Boston-based artist with a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. He has taught at Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University, Boston College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Savannah College of Art & Design, and Massachusetts College of Art & Design and worked on digital preservation projects for Harvard University and the Boston Public Library. Matthew was the Editor in Chief of Big Red & Shiny from 2004 to 2010.

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