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Articles Rosie Ranauro, 2016. "Try not to hurt yourself." Digital media.
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Real Work: An essay on ableism and art

“I make these when I’m not making my ‘real’ work.” I heard this statement fall out of my mouth and stopped myself, horrified. I was at the opening of the BLAA Summer 2016 exhibit You Think It’s ____, But It’s…

Articles Samantha Fields, from Meditations on the Tide. Courtesy of Sue Murad.
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Art in Service #4: Documentation

The question of documentation is rooted in the history of the avant-garde. Think of Dadaist or Surrealists recording their work via sound or the nascent technology of film. Think of Hans Namuth filming Jackson Pollock as he dripped his paintings…

Articles Superimposed MBTA maps. Courtesy of Julia Csekö.
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Art Criticism: Risk Response

“The best art speaks for itself,” someone stated at a recent public discussion about Boston Creates. My immediate internal response was yes, but art also prompts, at times even goads, us to speak or write. I concede that art is,…

Articles Amanda Williams, Pink Oil Moisturizer (Fall; Overall), 2014. From the Color(ed) Theory Series. Via awgallery.com
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Art in Service: Quality

Since 2013 I’ve been focused—educatively, academically, artistically—on ‘socially-engaged art’ and the idea of learning in public.(1) Over the course of the last ten years, I’ve grown to understand the the site of my own work (as a curator, educator, artist…

Articles Antony Gormley, Chord (2015). Courtesy of the artist.
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Chord: Antony Gormley at MIT

Known for his work that confronts the fragile limits of perception and physicality, British sculptor Antony Gormley has confronted the human body throughout his career. In Chord (2015), a new public work permanently on view at MIT, Gormley challenges the…

Articles Alice Mizrachi’s Mother, Maiden, Crone (June, 2016)  in Downtown Worcester. Courtesy of Che Anderson.
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Art in Service #2: Who Is It For?

Each day that you and I choose to venture outside of our dwellings, we navigate streets, sidewalks, and other public infrastructure made not by us, but for us by other people who, assumedly, had our best interest in mind when…

Articles Arthur Henderson, "Sex Not Sex" at VERY, 2016, Install Shot. Photo: Stewart Clements.
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Arthur Henderson: Sex Not Sex

The sculptures in VERY’s inaugural show, Sex Not Sex, inhabits the space in much the same way as the patrons at the opening: some sitting, some standing, others propped against the wall. In a gallery that feels more like a…

Articles Diana Jean Puglisi, "Soul Drawing." Courtesy of the artist.
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Inside/Out: Diana Jean Puglisi

After hiatus, Big Red & Shiny is pleased to continue Inside/Out, our artist-in-residence series. Inside/Out last ran during 2012 through 2013, and offered a space in which artists could discuss their studio practice and work. In this new iteration, a guest artist in…

Articles Jeff Smith, Beret Day (2001). Part of No Art / No Point. Courtesy of Fort Point Cultural Coalition.
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Art in Service: A Conversation

Art in Service: a conversation between Leah Triplett Harrington of BR&S, Kate Gilbert of Now + There, and Maggie Cavallo of Alter Projects Last month, the City of Boston launched Boston Creates, its first-ever cultural plan. The ten-year plan aspires…

Articles Jed Speare (2015) live at Mobius, World Listening Day concert (Non-Event) Photo: Susanna Bolle
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Listening to Jed Speare (1954-2016)

When Jed Speare died earlier this spring, Boston’s experimental arts community lost a pioneering artist, a tenacious advocate, a dear colleague, and an even more dear friend. Jed was best known for his work as a composer and sound artist,…

Articles Dennis Congdon, Two Palms, 2015.
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The Congeries of Dennis Congdon

In Marguerite Yourcenar’s essay, “That Mighty Sculptor, Time,” she speaks of the “involuntary beauty” of ruined sculpture from the ancient past: …statues so thoroughly shattered that out of the debris a new work of art is born: a naked foot…

Articles "First pack of cigarettes (one left), skeleton key, two dollar bill, Apollo landing coin." Image by Caitlin Duennebier.
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Inside/Out: Memory Archive

Being a pack rat and a sucker for attachment to objects, I’ve put a lot of thought into the value of things if you are using memory as a currency. Recently my sister Nicole Duennebier and I were invited to participate in…

Articles Installation View. RADCLIFFE BAILEY, Samsøñ, Boston, MA | April 1 – May 28, 2016
Photo: Heather McGrath
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Weekend Reading Roundup

When we aren’t seeing new work and writing about it, we’re probably reading. Here’s a selection of some articles that we’ve read in the past couple of weeks and found particularly engaging. Some are recent, while others are older and…

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