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Painful Performances: Contemporary Chinese Art

It is now almost ten years after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and sixteen since China joined the World Trade Organization. Three decades have elapsed since the Tiananmen Square protests, and half a century since the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.…

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Who Am I? In Trump’s America

Drive-By Project’s Who Am I? The Sequel successfully deals with the anxiety of Trump’s America. On view through November 11, a year after the 2016 election, the thematic group exhibition provided a response to our volatile political climate. Like the…

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Annette Lemieux: Mise en Scène

Artists take new directions in their work all the time: inspired anew by an idea, a medium untried, current events, or perhaps another artist’s work. Acclaimed international artist Annette Lemieux, known for decades for her conceptual, politically charged art, turned…

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Claire Ashley is Alive and Kicking in Boston

Those crazy female foreigners are alive and kicking. So claims—in texting-slang—the title of Scottish artist Claire Ashley’s current solo exhibition at Boston University’s 808 Gallery, (((CRZ.F.4NRS.AAK))). It’s an attention-grabbing statement, and much the same can be said for the art…

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The Long Gaze: We Dream at Suffolk University

Gallery Director Deborah Davidson’s We Dream | Beauty Beyond and Beneath gathers together an ensemble of artists to present visions of beauty broad in scope and varied in manifestation. The group is comprised of professional artists who are represented by…

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Cuban Complexity: Mark Guglielmo’s Cubaneo

Despite an increase of U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba in the recent past, the popular American image of that island nation remains a combination of ‘50s cars and fine cigars, symbols of a discourse stuck on insularity and trade restrictions.…

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Feeling Feeling at the Distillery

In a self-described “series of dubious choices” and “earnest efforts,” artists Emmy Bright and J.R. Uretsky have populated the Distillery Gallery’s space with vibrantly hued sculptures, colorful sand, and self-effacing text in their show Feeling Feeling. True to its title,…

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Caleb Cole at the Newport Art Museum

Corridors can be odd spaces in museums, heavily trafficked but not always experienced. Art mounted in these passages can feel like an afterthought. This was not the case with Caleb Cole’s Forget Me Not, recently on view at the Newport…

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Reflecting on the Burden We Share: ROTBOM

Men are a burden. This matter-of-fact sentiment prefaced the call for submissions Reflections on the Burden of Men, edited by Laura Beth Reese and Madeline Zappala. For a liberal feminist (like me), it was a fun sentence to say out…

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Crossing Borders at Periphery Space

Crossing Borders is a reflection of intercultural identity, both for the artists represented and for the larger society in which we operate. At times it feels like a celebration, sometimes like a confrontation, while yet other moments take a more…

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Pedro Cruz: Mis Raíces

On the cusp of its 50-year anniversary, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts provides the surrounding community with cultural enrichment. Events, programming, and exhibitions created by the Latino community center their perspectives and ruminations on identity,…

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Review: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

“The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” is comprised of five young artists, hung along the narrow walls of Sulloway & Hollis law offices in Concord, New Hampshire. The unconventional setting provided meaningful context for the work presented here, all of…

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