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Evening exterior of the new Special Exhibition Gallery in the new wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  (Photography © Nic Lehoux  / Renzo Piano Building Workshop).

Evening exterior of the new Special Exhibition Gallery in the new wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Photography © Nic Lehoux / Renzo Piano Building Workshop).


Inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s New Wing

The press day for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s was a whirl of personalities, expectation, art, architecture and commercialism. For me, the star personality was the Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano. He charmed everyone with his eloquence and humility as he stood in the middle of the new, sleek music hall and thanked all the people who contributed to its final design from the acoustics expert to the director of musical programming, to the board.


Octopi Gallery's Mural in Progress

Octopi Gallery's Mural in Progress


Octopi Gallery Mural brings Street Art Indoors

Street Art has become a more formidable,political and respected medium in recent years with the likes of British Banksy becoming a household name. Part graffiti, part mural and part drawing street art can bring an idea or a statement to masses of people without them ever even realizing.


Head of Aphrodite (Bartlett Head), Greek, 330–300 BC

Head of Aphrodite (Bartlett Head), Greek, 330–300 BC


Aphrodite and the Gods of Love at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

At the entrance of the exhibition, the marble head of Aphrodite floats in the air, as the black metal bar that secures it to its pedestal disappears against the dark wall behind it…


Degas, "La Toilette," 1884-6.

Degas, "La Toilette," 1884-6.


Degas and the Nude at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“Degas and the Nude,” the product of a joint collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée d’Orsay, is an incredible collection of 145 of Degas’s nudes. Featuring works created throughout his lifetime in a number of different mediums…


Ken Gonzales-Day's "Profiled"

Ken Gonzales-Day, Untitled (Henry Weeks, Bust of an African Woman [based on a photographic image of Mary Seacole] and Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, Bust of Mm. Adélaïde Julie Mirleau de Neuville, née Garnier d’Isle, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), 2011.


Ken Gonzales-Day: Profiled at the Koppelman Gallery

Ken Gonzales-Day’s “Profiled” exhibition at Tufts University’s Koppelman Gallery is a show you don’t just drop into. Gonzales-Day,


Raphael Griswold, "GOING PLACES," at Albright Art Gallery.

Raphael Griswold, "GOING PLACES," at Albright Art Gallery.


Going Places at Albright Art Gallery

Albright Art Gallery is looking to mix things up in Concord, a small town rich with American history and tradition. With its latest exhibition, “GOING PLACES,” it has done exactly that…


Heavy Metal Inspired Show, "We Still See the Black"

Heavy Metal Inspired Show, "We Still See the Black"


New Happenings at the New Art Center in Newton

Were there no signs outside to indicate otherwise, one might assume the New Art Center in Newton was a church with a congregation including curious children, emerging artists and enthusiastic aficionados.But since the late 70’s, the non-profit New Art Center has been more than a suburban community art center and finds itself as a major contender in cutting edge, mixed media gallery exhibitions.


Irina Okula, shard pot.

Irina Okula, shard pot.


Smooth and Smoky at Vessels Gallery, Boston

It’s so important when a lecture is just over your head that there are pictures. Every time curator Judith Motzkin’s words sailed beyond my reach, I looked around at the works of the ten potters represented in this month-long show at Vessels…


Irene Koronas

Irene Koronas


Irene Koronas: Odd Little Books and Written Landscapes

Thank goodness for the nooks and corners of neighborhood branch libraries which, like the O’Neill, give shelter to local artists. This September, Irene Koronas, a member of the North Cambridge Artists Association (NOCA), holds forth with a solo show arrayed behind glass-enclosed shelves, push-pin friendly walls of the O’Neill’s vestibule, just steps from Mass. Ave. and Porter Square.


James Foritano's passport to Italy

James Foritano's passport to Italy


Visiting Italy: Venice, Rome, Florence…

“And, yes, we did pilot our course, choose our vistas, but then Venice, La Serenissima, wrapped Herself around our solid vantage points in a whirl of sight and sound just as intimate and as alienating as any family movie.”