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Welcome

Brian Goslow Welcome to our final issue of 2016, an issue in which we look at a wide array of group exhibitions showcasing New England artists, and once again prepare to celebrate those artists as an official exhibitor at Art Basel Miami Beach, where you will find our issue in the magazine collective booth. At […]


Lynne Harlow, At the Silver Lake Lounge, 2016, vinyl curtain and acrylic paint; photograph © 2016, Charles Sternaimolo.

Lynne Harlow, At the Silver Lake Lounge, 2016, vinyl curtain and acrylic paint; photograph © 2016, Charles Sternaimolo.


Plastic Imagination

An Illusionary Soul Comes to Life J. Fatima Martins Plastic is a devilish, enchanting and repulsive substance. It is the source material for much of today’s contemporary art. It’s a dichotomous and polarizing material, conjured up by Belgian-American chemist Leo Henricus Baekeland, the inventor of Bakelite. Synthetic objects are troublesome because they can be extraordinarily […]


Nancy Diessner, Blindsight XI, multi-plate intaglio, 2015, framed: 37” x 31”.

Nancy Diessner, Blindsight XI, multi-plate intaglio, 2015, framed: 37” x 31”.


A 2016 State of Mind

Printmakers Tackle the Issues Linda Chestney Why is it that certain facets of our life become bigger than life? Why do some issues eat at the core of who and what we are — and cause us to passionately focus on it — to make change? When we grasp the gravity of why “this” (whatever […]


Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA), Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle (maquette), 2007, plastic, Dutch wax-printed cotton textile, cork, acrylic and glass bottle, courtesy of the artist, James Cohan Gallery, New York, and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, © Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA).

Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA), Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle (maquette), 2007, plastic, Dutch wax-printed cotton textile, cork, acrylic and glass bottle, courtesy of the artist, James Cohan Gallery, New York, and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, © Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA).


Message In A Bottle

British Marine Art at Yale Suzanne Volmer The recently refurbished setting of the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), a building designed by Louis I. Kahn that opened in 1977, elegantly and minimally frames its “Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting” and “Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)” exhibitions, on view through early December. The YCBA collection […]


Suzuki Gorō, Box #3, Yachishida, 2009, Oribe ware; photography by Ben Bocko.

Suzuki Gorō, Box #3, Yachishida, 2009, Oribe ware; photography by Ben Bocko.


Crafting the Elements

Embracing Imperfection at Fairfield Kristin Nord Jeffrey Horvitz was already known as a major collector of French Old Master paintings and Chinese cinnabar lacquerware when his wife, Carol, came upon a stunning assemblage of contemporary Japanese ceramics in a Manhattan gallery window. She was astounded, and her visceral response set her off on more than […]


Kain pilih dandong, circa mid-20th century, Layar River area, handspun cotton, red and black trade threads, 99 1/4” x 32 1/4”.

Kain pilih dandong, circa mid-20th century, Layar River area, handspun cotton, red and black trade threads, 99 1/4” x 32 1/4”.


Woven Power at Holy Cross

Communication Through Texile J. Fatima Martins Traditionally, to evoke the gods, the Iban and Dayak women of Malaysia’s Sarawak and Indonesia’s West Kalimantan region wove “power” textiles called “pua kumbu” and “kain kebat.” These women were revered as important “bards” and teachers. To place these cultures into a context, the Iban and Dayak are located […]


Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015; Courtesy Art Basel.

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015; Courtesy Art Basel.


Art Basel Miami Beach

You Say You Want a Revolution Nancy Nesvet Art Basel Miami Beach, the United States edition of Art Basel, the world’s biggest art fair, will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 1 through 4, with invitationonly “First Choice” and “Preview” viewings on November 30. For the second year, Artscope will be […]


Inside, Outside, Above, Below, collaboration with Lauren Fensterstock and Masa Miyake at Thompson’s Point, Portland, Maine, 2015.

Inside, Outside, Above, Below, collaboration with Lauren Fensterstock and Masa Miyake at Thompson’s Point, Portland, Maine, 2015.


Aaron T. Stephan

Inventive and Inspired Taryn Plumb It’s 7 p.m. You’re out for a night on the town. You grow a little wary when you reach your destination — a waterfront warehouse that you enter along with 19 other guests through an old rusted door. Your hosts guide you to an uncomfortably small, harshly-lit room where impersonal […]


Ed Emberley in his home studio.

Ed Emberley in his home studio.


Kahbahbloom:

Emberley’s Ode to Joy Molly Hamill Ed Emberley is a natural-born storyteller. From the moment I walked into the 300-year-old house that sits along the Ipswich River, where he lives and works with his wife, Barbara, Emberley began weaving narratives of his life into a colorful picture of the journey he’s taken to become one […]


Donald Cooper, Bedridden, 2013, digital media, 11” x 14”

Donald Cooper, Bedridden, 2013, digital media, 11” x 14”


Out of Order at South Shore

Expect the Unexpected Brian Goslow Nick Capasso, director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, has juried dozens of exhibitions, including shows at the Cambridge Art Association, Attleboro Arts Museum, Worcester State University, ArtsWorcester, 119 Gallery (Lowell) and Newton Media Center, as well as New American Paintings magazine. One suspects his willingness to serve in this role […]