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Feature Tory Fair, detail from "Campfire," 2016. Installation at VERY gallery, mixed media, 9X8X19.' Photo Credit: Stewart Clements.
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Paperweight: An interview with Tory Fair

In the months leading up to Tory Fair’s latest show, Paperweight at VERY gallery, VERY director John Guthrie and I made two studio visits to view the work in progress. On the first occasion, I met John outside a large wooden…

Feature Anila Quayyum Agha. "Intersections," 2012. Photo courtesy Peabody Essex Museum.
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Intersections: Anila Quayyum Agha

Conceptual art is often too subtle to reach the edges of our preconceptions, or it is so blatant it prevents our own imaginative leaps. Anila Quayyum Agha’s “Intersections” (2012, laser-cut steel, light bulb), recently on view at the Peabody Essex…

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…

Feature Josh Jefferson, Is that you Pumpkin, 2016, Acrylic and flashe on canvas
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Interview with Josh Jefferson

Jamaica Plain-based painter Josh Jefferson has recently received a lot of attention for his brightly colored geometric collages and head series. Jefferson will be showing his work at Steven Zevitas in the SoWa district on September 9 and has shows…

Feature "Straight from the Heart - the Rant series," solo exhibition by Julia Csekö, Piano Craft Gallery. August 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
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Running Uphill with Julia Csekö

Jonathan Talit recently met with Julia Csekö to discuss her solo exhibition Straight from the Heart – The Rant Series (August 6-27, 2016), made possible with the generous support of the Walter Feldman Fellowship and organized by the Arts and…

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…

Feature Theophile Alexandre Steinlen
The Cat in Winter, 1909
lithograph on cream wove paper
Sarah C. Garver Fund
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MEOW at the Worcester Art Museum

From 1759 to 1763, writer Christopher Smart composed the sprawling poem Jubilate Agno while confined to an asylum. The best-known portion of the text is a 74-line segment in which Smart expounds on the ways that his cat is an…

Feature Sam Durant, The Meeting House, Exterior, facing Minute Man National Historical Park, 2016. Photo by Alex Jones. Courtesy of The Trustees.
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Pedro Alonzo: From the Street to World’s End

Earlier this summer, Lisa Crossman sat on the grounds of the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts with Boston-based independent curator Pedro Alonzo. Alonzo is the Guest Curator for the Trustees Art and The Landscape initiative, which begins its program with Sam…

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