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Articles Installation view, Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970s Now, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Sert Gallery, Oct 27, 2016–Jan 8, 2017. Shown: Luz Donoso, 
Señalamientos con cuerpo estrecho (Signage with Narrow Body), c. 1979. Courtesy Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University.
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See It Before It’s Gone: Embodied Absence

In a playful sequence from Cecilia Vicuña’s 1980 film Sol y Dar y Dad, una palabra bailada, a danced word, the viewer’s attention is directed towards a female character, presumably the artist. Her back is leaned against the door of…

Feature Alex Da Corte,
Lightning, 2015-2016. Installation view of Alex Da Corte: Free Roses, MASS MoCA. Courtesy the artist and Luxembourg & Dayan.
Photo: John Bernardo.
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Remixing Rimbaud; Alex Da Corte at MASS MoCA

My life is worn out. Well, let’s pretend, let’s do nothing! oh, pitiful! And we will exist, and amuse ourselves, dreaming of monstrous loves and fantastic worlds, complaining and quarreling with the appearances of the world, acrobat, beggar, artist, bandit,…

Feature Anni Albers, "Smyrna-knüpfteppich (Bauhaus-period), from the portfolio "Connections/1925/1983", 1925 Screen print, image: 20 1/8 in. x 15 1/8 in. (51.1 cm x 38.4 cm); sheet: 27 1/2 in. x 19 11/16 in. (69.8 cm x 50 cm)
Museum purchase, The Nancy Gray Sherrill, Class of 1954, Collection Acquisition Fund 2016.6.2
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See It Before It’s Gone: Anni Albers

In 1984, ten years before her death, Anni Albers published Connections—a culmination, or perhaps a synthesis, of her aesthetic worldview as captured in nine silkscreens. A recent acquisition of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, the silkscreen portfolio, reflecting nearly…

Feature Anna Shapiro
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Review: Anna Shapiro at AS220

Pregnancy and parenting can create serious changes to an artist’s process. As installation maestro Sarah Sze elaborated on a 2012 exhibit in London: “The pieces in this show appear to measure space, or time, and now that I have two…

Feature Jessica Rosner
Manuscript: Broken
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Review: Jessica Rosner at Yellow Peril Gallery

Jessica Deane Rosner can’t discuss the inspiration for her latest exhibit. It might suffice to say that, last September, she experienced a terrible and life-changing event. It forced Rosner to reconsider her self-concept as someone bold and brave. The aftermath…

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…

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 Installation view, Liz Deschenes, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2016. Photo by John Kennard. © Liz Deschenes
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Field of Vision: Liz Deschenes at the ICA

In his quintessential text on vision, Techniques of the Observer, author and art historian Jonathan Crary notes: “The mind does not reflect truth but rather extracts it from an ongoing process involving the collision and merging of ideas.”(1) The nineteenth-century…

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…

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