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SON ET LUMIERE @ MIT LIST VISUAL ARTS CENTER

By TYLER CANN Print this article Some forty years ago, “Sound and Light” gallery shows were all the rage. The art world buzzed with rhetoric about pop, participation and the merging of art and technology. Synched-up multi-sensory artworks trumpeted the…

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SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH JESSICA RYLAN

By MEG ROTZEL Print this article Many of the works you do are hand-built electronics made from vintage parts. I’m curious as to how you position your piece historically within an art world that is crushing on new medias of…

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SURVEYING THE BOSTON ART SCENE

By JAMES HULL Print this article Boston has some of the same self-image issues that Atlanta does, the city where I lived until 1996. Both cities think of themselves as conservative and strive to be “World Class Cities”. They overlook…

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NEW LEADS IN ART’S BIGGEST WHODUNNIT

By THE NEWS EDITOR By now, almost every art-goer in Boston is eerily familiar with the empty, ornate frames hanging on the walls of the Isabella Stewart Garnder Museum – reminders of a tragic and heartbreaking theft. The armed raid…

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

By SEAN HORTON Why Big, Red and Shiny? Because it is exactly what Boston needs – something to stand up, big and tall for the art and artists of this fine city. This humble arts journal was started with the…

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SINCERITY REIGNS AMONG TRAVELING SCHOLARS

By WESLEY PIERCE “Discover cutting-edge work in SMFA alumni show” the museum states in its promotional material – as if the school across the street is nurturing some sort of present day avant-garde phenomenon. In all actuality this year’s exhibition…

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PAT O’NEILL’S DECAY OF FICTION

It’s rare to find a entirely cohesive work—that is to say, one where the medium, the subject, and the work’s presentation all work together for a synergistic product that is resistant to any knit-picking art student. But for a work…

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CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF DISPLAY PART ONE

By THE NEWS EDITOR Print this article In case you haven’t heard, the MFA is reported to have loaned twenty-one Monet canvases (over half of its permanent collection) to the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas in exchange for a…

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A LETTER ABOUT K’VETSH

By SARA SEINBERG Print this article k’vetsh… the all-queer all-gender open mic cabaret mayhem has temporarily relocated from the delightful, but closed, Oni Gallery to the glamorous theater at the YMCA in central square. Each month there are two featured performers…

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CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF DISPLAY PART TWO

By THE NEWS EDITOR Print this article In other money…uh-um…I mean museum news, the Museum of Fine Arts has recently announced an exhibition of…you guessed it…cars owned by rich people. In spring [2005], the MFA will fill its second-floor galleries with…

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DANICA PHELPS @ ALLSTON SKIRT GALLERY

By NATALIE LOVELESS Print this article It is impossible to ignore. Sex decorates the room…many moods of sex, many kinds of sex, many days of sex. Sex is contained into entrancing small and medium scale drawings, mounted to wood and arranged…

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BARBARA GALLUCCI @ GREEN ST. GALLERY

By MICAH J. MALONE Print this article In her catalog essay for Work Ethic, Helen Molesworth argues that one unifying principle among the incredible diverse field of post World War II art is a concern with the “problematic of artistic labor.” Indeed,…

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MADE IN MEXICO @ THE ICA

By RACHAEL ARAUZ Print this article Yasumasa Morimura’s large, flower-adorned self-portrait as Frida Kahlo immediately confronts viewers to the ICA with the image they perhaps most expected to see in Made in Mexico. Not that anyone is expecting to see a young…

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BALAGAN PRESENTS STAN VANDERBEEK

By CHRISTIAN HOLLAND Print this article Balagan, an experimental film and video series curated by local filmmakers Alla Kovgan and Jeff Silva, brought to us seven works by one of the most important, though relatively obscure film and video artists of…

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BOSTON NOW: THE STATE OF THE ARTS

What can I say that has not already been said? I have played the role of arts advocate for the city of Boston. Loudly proclaiming that yes you can do it here. Every city has a creative core to it.…

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THIS AGRESSION WILL NOT STAND, MAN

What in the hell is going on in this city? As if the non-profit pulse in Boston wasn’t already barely beating, now we’ve been dealt another blow with the city’s closing of the Oni Gallery in Chinatown. How many more…

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FRAMING THE RARE VERMEER

Alas, we have a Vermeer in town. With only 35 paintings in existence and most of them in town.  With only 35 paintings in existence and most of them concentrated in a few collections around the world, Boston should be…

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