Visual Arts

Visual Arts Review: “Chasing Rembrandt” — The Hunt Continues?

May 11, 2023
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Chasing Rembrandt is a small show, probably quickly assembled to complement the TheaterWorks production. For curious viewers, though, it raises a number of provocative questions.

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Visual Arts Review: Zoya Cherkassky – An Immigrant Paints the Other Israel

April 29, 2023
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Her hope for Israel today, Zoya Cherkassky told me, is the evolution of a multi-racial society that she hopes will ensure its survival.

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Visual Arts/Book Review: “Fellow Wanderer: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Travel Albums” — Upper Class Gilded Age Tourism

April 14, 2023
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Faced with the dual dilemmas of the opacity of the albums themselves and the now painfully obvious narrative of colonialism, wealth, and white privilege, some of Fellow Wanderer’s authors dodge into more easily researched side issues.

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Visual Arts Review: Minimalism — An Incomplete Project

April 3, 2023
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What, we are led to wonder, is the project of minimalism today?

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Book Review: “John Constable: A Portrait” — The Slow Triumph of a Great British Landscape Painter

March 20, 2023
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John Constable, Flatford Mill,

James Hamilton’s biography of British landscape painter John Constable is a highly accomplished, beautifully composed, revealing, and richly entertaining work of scholarship.

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Visual Arts Review: “Creative Alloys” — The Boston Metals Scene

March 13, 2023
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This exhibition provides a very thoughtful lesson in appreciating the poetry of practical objects.

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Visual Arts Review: The Dazzling Vodou Flags of Myrlande Constant

March 12, 2023
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It is stunning to see these flags of beads and sequins on cloth, and the adjectives keep on coming — hypnotic, baroque, beguiling, hallucinatory.

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Visual Arts Review: Is There a Boston Art?

March 10, 2023
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Arnold Trachtman, Isabelle Higgins, and Barbara Ishikura are all “Boston Modern” artists who never stray far from communicating all-too-human joys and worries.

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Visual Arts Commentary: The New Geometry of Boston’s Skyline

March 5, 2023
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Two campus structures and one downtown office building speak a new visual language.

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Visual Arts Review: Marks from Elsewhere — Cy Twombly and Léonie Guyer

February 28, 2023
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It’s no wonder poets have been drawn to write about Guyer and Twombly’s work. We are carried away by an art that is always immediate, hic et nunc, but elsewhere too.

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