Monthly Archives: October, 2013

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Inside Out: Outro

This is my last post as artist-in-residence at Big Red and Shiny. I have really enjoyed the challenge of making my thoughts coherent on a regular basis. Thanks for listening. Nocebo Placebo I. Satin paper, quartz (believed to augment crystal…

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The artists of the deCordova Biennial

The deCordova Biennial includes twenty-one artists from all six New England states. In terms of media, it is richly diverse. Generally speaking, the work has a noticeable trend towards very strong colors and reflexively abstract compositions. From Rachel Gross’s…

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The Meta-Biennial: the 2013 deCordova Biennial

Over the last few years I’ve developed sympathy for those who organize large, all-encompassing exhibits like biennials. If you hold on too tightly to a curatorial vision, you can create an autobiographical list of your favorite artists or styles. If…

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Art in the Innovation Hub Part 2

In my last post, I discussed Boston’s push to brand itself as an innovation hub and raised questions about the role of art within this context. As I continue the series, I am engaging diverse members of the city’s art…

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Studio Sessions: Devon Clapp

Welcome to the newest episode of Studio Sessions with guest Devon Clapp. Devon earned a BFA in Printmaking from the Montserrat College of Art in 2006, and an MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in New York in 2011.…

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In Brief: The TransCultural Exchange

Last weekend, hundreds of artists from more than 40 countries convened in Boston for the biennial TransCultural Exchange Conference. Held at Boston University, this year’s TCE, Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: Engaging Minds, boasted 50 panels with artists,…

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Inside Out: Shelved

Recently, ArtSake posted a couple of blog articles asking artists if they ever set aside works of art that still had potential. Many of the responses struck a chord so I decided to take a look at my own habits…

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Queering the ICA

It’s been a long time coming, but the ICA is beginning to show its true colors. The last few years have seen solo exhibitions by a strong number of female artists, a great many queer artists and people of color,…

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Botero’s Abu Ghraib

My first question is: Why Botero? How did this mild, sometimes trivial artist become the chronicler of darkness? At age 73 Fernando Botero broke out of his benign reputation with a series of 100 works—50 paintings and as many works…

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Interview with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Ben Sloat One theme that has always struck me about your work (and seen most recently My Mother Told Me at the Tufts University Art Gallery) is that of impermanence: the impermanence of history, the impermanence of one’s experience, but…

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An Opportunity for Young Artists

Why does Boston produce such an immense number of young artists and yet retain so few of them? This is the question that began the call for work for last year’s yBos 1 exhibition at UMB’s Harbor Gallery, which called…

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