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May/June 2017

Article Excerpts: Welcome | Cornered: Michael Mansfield| A Retrospective Ode To Fearlessness | The Artist’s Eye Draws Us In | Bearing Witness To Tragedy | Boston Athenaeum’s Works On Paper | Michelman Makes Space | Going With The Grain | Young Russians At Shattuck | Expressing Freedom At Miller White | A Synergistic Blend In […]


Paul Forte, Mantle (after a fashion), 2007, dressmaker’s mannequin, cut and pinned photocopies, 64” x 13” x 10”.


WONDERMENT AND CONFUSION

PAUL FORTE, VISUAL POET Suzanne Volmer It is rare for an AS220 Project Space exhibitor to get extra square footage for an exhibition. However, this luxury is provided to Paul Forte for his “The Alchemy of Collage — Selected Works 2005-2016” collection of visual poetry in order to give breathing room to the show’s complex […]



May/June 2017 Centerfold

    Artscope 68, May/June 2017   art: The Well artist: James Dye medium: dip pen and india ink theme: Outsider/Visionary Art Through the methodical application of detail, I explore the ritual nature of art and the symbiosis of image and story. I draw inspiration from mythology both personal and established to create works that […]



TRANSCENDENCE

EXPRESSING FREEDOM AT MILLER WHITE Laura Shabott There is a Chinese curse [that] says “May he live in interesting times.” Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind. — Robert F. Kennedy, […]


Puerto Rico Horizon, photograph.


RIVERA’S FANTASY ISLAND

AN ODE TO HER HOMELAND Suzanne Volmer This June, Shey Rivera Rios will combine an immersive art installation with live storytelling performances in exploring socio/political issues shaping Puerto Rico today through her monthlong “Fantasy Island/La Isla Fantastica” exhibition at AS220’s Project Space. The installation/ performance artist, who lives in Providence, can relate to displacement, having […]


Cataract Blast, 2016, acrylic on board, triptych, each panel 4’ x 2’.


ART, SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY

NANCY HAYES’ UNIVERSE Don Wilkinson In anticipation of the early-April opening of “Anatomy of a Small Universe,” an exhibition of works by painter Nancy Hayes at the de Menil Gallery, I visited Hayes’ spacious basement studio in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Paintings were carefully propped up on makeshift tables of milk crates and cinder block. Clamp-on […]


Islands Off Coast.


WORTHINGTON’S TRANQUIL REALITY

A HANDS-ON APPROACH Taryn Plumb We are looking out on craggy rocks and an ocean inlet: evergreens border a subdued surf, a mottled sky lazily settles into dusk. The scene has a familiar quality, classically Maine — but yet, there is an inherent whimsicality to it. The water, land and sky are uneven, as if […]


Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961), Catchin’ The Turkey, 1955, oil on pressed wood, 12” x 16” (Collection of Bennington Museum. © 2017, Grandma Moses Properties Co., New York.)


ARTCOUNTRY

LIVE. LOVE. LEARN. J. Fatima Martins ArtCountry, a new cultural initiative launched in March 2017, is a collaborative consortium of five leading cultural organizations, “nestled in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts and at the foot of the Green Mountains in southern Vermont,” that are working in partnership to create visual art exhibitions and performance […]


S.B. Walker, Target Bag, March 2011.


I WENT TO THE WOODS

EXTOLLING WALDEN’S HALLOWED SHORES James Foritano Thoreau at home…and “abroad” I don’t actually know if Thoreau traveled abroad physically, but his astral body was in constant movement. One moment he was looking deeply at what exists, then that place would become an idea that would go on to become the seed for what we now […]


George Hallowell, Snow Shadows, circa 1915, oil on canvas, 46 1/2” x 27 1/2”.


A CROSS-CURRICULUM PERSPECTIVE

CLOSER READINGS AT UNH Linda Chestney Known for its proclivity for a cross-curriculum philosophy, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) doesn’t disappoint in its museum offerings, either. The museum will often invite students to view and absorb various art works and understand their relation to the specific discipline they’re studying. Be it history, writing or […]