Monthly Archives: August, 2016

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…

Articles Alice Mizrachi’s Mother, Maiden, Crone (June, 2016)  in Downtown Worcester. Courtesy of Che Anderson.
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Art in Service #2: Who Is It For?

Each day that you and I choose to venture outside of our dwellings, we navigate streets, sidewalks, and other public infrastructure made not by us, but for us by other people who, assumedly, had our best interest in mind when…

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…