Monthly Archives: January, 2008

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BIG RED ON-THE-TOWN: HOWARD YEZERSKI GALLERY

By BIG RED Saturday, January 12th, 2008 Candid snaps from a Big RED night on-the-town at the opening of ‘Inside the Box’ A Diorama Exhibition curated George Fifield and Phaedra Shanbaum. Howard Yezerski Gallery INSIDE THE BOX January 4 -…

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“THE WHITE CUBE”

By THOMAS MARQUET #27: What do you do with it? “The White Cube” comics can be read in series in the Big RED & Shiny Collections section. Need a visual aid — click here and scroll down.Thomas Marquet is…

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

By MATTEW GAMBER Snowing. Snow over the area in New England. At least that is what I anticipate; this is the anticipation. Based on this report, come my following sentences: In between digging out your spot, and salting the steps,…

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A REPORT FROM THE PHANTOM ZONE

By STEVE AISHMAN So I admit it: I listen to metal. Not the derivative, inauthentic pop-rock that tries to co-opt metal’s brute force by copying its base-line. I listen to the kind of metal can’t be downloaded to the most…

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INSIDE THE BOX @ HOWARD YEZERSKI

By JAMES NADEAU The Diorama. We’ve all made one or at the very least experienced one at some point in our lives. Arising out of the theatre in the mid 19th century, dioramas have grown both more complex and somewhat…

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MICHAEL COSTELLO @ GALLERY XIV

By MATTHEW NASH Approaching Gallery XIV from the street, one sees five small paintings by Michael Costello in the front window. These are brightly colored and amusingly straight-forward paintings of Sesame Street characters (Elmo, Grover and Ernie), a stack of…

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SYMBOLS OF POWER @ MFA

By JACQUELINE HOUTON The idea that all art is propaganda captured quite a few devotees during the 20th century. Seen in writings of George Orwell, Upton Sinclair, and W.E.B. Du Bois, this sentiment would be further refined later in the…

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DON’T DRINK THE KOOL-AID

By MATTHEW NASH It has been a few weeks since the Boston Foundation’s “Vital Signs” report (pdf) was released, and it is still a topic of conversation and heated debate. Among those who are on the lower-budget end of the…

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Obama, the arts and updating attitudes

Edward Winkleman had a piece yesterday about the arts under Obama, and what kinds of expectations people have about what this will mean. Will it simply be an expansion of the NEA? Will an Obama administration be more aggressive in…

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Out and about

The nice weather has encouraged me to get out of the house more than I usually would in January, so I’ve seen a lot of art recently and thought I’d share some of my favorites and encourage everyone to get…

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The Broad Art Foundation kerfuffle

The hot topic in the art blogs for the past few days has been collector Eli Broad’s decision to retain control of his vast and coveted art collection. It was widely expected that he would donate the body of work…

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Echelman Update

In a controversial decision, the Phoenix City Council has decided to proceed with a large public sculpture by Boston-based artist Janet Echelman. You can read the full story here. The short version, though, is that art and culture won out…