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Dancing Guardian, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 50” x 98“, courtesy Grace Hopkins.


HOPKINS COMES FULL CIRCLE: AWESOME ABSTRACTION IN PTOWN

by Laura Shabott “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.“ — Henry David Thoreau Budd Hopkins (1931-2011) was a highly complex, remarkable artist. His unique vision, a melding of […]


Dr. Seuss, Lark’s Graduation, May 11, 1975. One of many drawings by Dr. Seuss donated by Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, step-daughter of the late Theodor S. Geisel. Courtesy Springfield Museums.


SEUSS ON THE LOOSE: HOMAGE TO A STORYTELLER

by James Foritano I have to admit that my awakening to literature didn’t arrive through the genius of Theodor Seuss Geisel — known the world over by his pen name Dr. Seuss — but through the “Dick and Jane” elementary school reading series, a post-World War II depiction of the traditional two parents, two children […]


Brenda Cirioni, Dream House, Night, mixed media, 38” x 34”.


CREATIVE TRIFECTA: TRANSFORMATION AT THREE STONES

by Flavia Cigliano Walking into the Three Stones Gallery on a late spring afternoon in the village of West Concord was a pleasure. Full of light and airy, with a high ceiling, the space provided excellent viewing for the artwork on display. Artist/owner Jennifer M. Johnston established the gallery three years ago with the goal […]


Anne Ward, The Apothecary Shop, Keene, New Hampshire (detail), 2017, oil on panel


CONSIDERING PLACE: JUROR’S CHOICE AT KEENE

by Marguerite Serkin A regional exhibit of juried works may suggest a circumspect, homogenous collection. Such is far from the case in the collection on view through the Biennial Regional Juror’s Choice Exhibition at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery in Keene. Drawing upon a large pool of local talent, the myriad pieces included in the exhibition […]


John Lennon, Time, oil on canvas, 36” x30”.


WILL TO SURVIVE: DANIEL MAFFIA IN WELLFLEET

by Suzanne Volmer “Art for Survival,” a portrait exhibition of paintings by Daniel Maffia, opens on August 19 at Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet. The artist makes narratives that rely on appropriation or remix as a method for sourcing content. He includes recognizable images from pop culture and film noir, as well as familiar art historical […]



Welcome

Welcome Brian Goslow Nearly 50 years ago, I attended my first art exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum. At the age of 12, I had already become quite fond of neon through its use in our many dining cars and a few captivating buildings that always called out in the night. That first show, “Light […]


Nicholas Mancini, Holly to Hemlock Lily, 2016, monotype, paper, pastel, charcoal on canvas, 62" x 75"


FRESH EYES AT HELEN DAY: MFA STUDENTS SHINE

by Marta Pauer-Tursi The fourth biennial exhibition at Helen Day Art Center features the works of five MFA degree students from the Northeast. This year, more than 150 applicants’ works were considered for this juried exhibition. Four of the artists are women working in various mediums including painting, photography and sculpture. Two are from the […]


Left: The Couple Right: Jump Rope Bunny


A WONDER-FULL WORLD: PROP MASTER MICHAEL STASIUK

by Greg Morell The studio of Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk is a wonder world of creative imagination where obscure found objects are manipulated, jointed, glued and crafted into magical, animated, anthropomorphic spirits of fancy. Working with very simple tools — a drill, a small band saw, a series of hand tools — his wizardry of […]



Text in Contemporary Art at Jamestown Arts Center

The intersection of language and visual form provides both the tools and the subject of conceptual art. “WORD: Text in Contemporary Art” at the Jamestown Arts Center offers over 55 images, objects and installations contrasting canonical works with recent forays in the art-form. While concentrating on artists in southern New England, curator Karen Conway has also tapped collectors, galleries and artist studios in New York and the Midwest. Voyages at an end as well as explorations underway complement each other in the spacious former boat repair shop through early August.


Art Basel 2017 Art

(Clockwise, from top left) Reza Aramesh, Site of the Fall: Study of the Renaissance Garden, 2016-17, marble, topiary, Leila Heller, New York City, at Parcours, ArtBasel ; Sue Williamson, Messages from the Atlantic Passage, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; Phyllida Barlow, untitled: 100banners2015, 2015, Hauser & Worth, Zurich; Thomas Struth, Paradise 28, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru 2005, 2005, chromogenic print, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin/Paris; Peter Regli, Reality Hacking No. 313, 2014, Levy Gorvy, New York.


THE MORNING AFTER: LOOKING BACK AT ART BASEL 2017

This year, Art Basel had something for everyone. Dominated by the motherlode of over 4,000 works of art shown by 226 exhibitors in the Galleries sector, Art Basel extended its universe to individual artist projects at Parcours, Unlimited, Statements and Features. The solo projects, the result of artist proposals, were politically aware, environmentally conscious and community oriented.