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Laylah Ali: Life of the mind

Laylah Ali’s drawing show, opening at the Decordova Museum today, features flat, seemingly naif drawings of costumed characters, layered with handwritten text. Random thought, overheard conversations and snippets of news stories create complex, enigmatic poem-like narratives. In the Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid visits Ali in her Williamstown, MA, studio. “A […]

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Old-timers in Provincetown: Herman Maril, Robert Henry

Boston Globe critic Cate McQuaid reports on a few painting shows in Provincetown. “Herman Maril: An Artist’s Two Worlds,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA. Through Oct. 12. “You may not know Maril, who died in 1986. He was an artist who leaned into spare representation when his colleagues […]

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Kentridge print show in Williamstown

William Kentridge works in the tradition of socially and politically engaged artists such as William Hogarth, Francisco Goya, Honore Daumier, and Kathe Kollwitz . He’s interested in the human condition, specifically the history of apartheid in South Africa, where he grew up, and the ways in which our personal and […]

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Alexis Rockman’s painterly turn at the Rose

In The Phoenix Greg Cook reports that Alexis Rockman, whose earlier work is often compared to the Museum of Natural History’s diorama painting, has adopted an “expressionist action-painting style while holding to the disasters-of-global-climate-change theme. These paintings from 2005 to �07 are a catalogue of The Day After Tomorrow�style weather […]

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Aho at Alpha

In the Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid reports that Eric Aho’s earnest new paintings of the icy Vermont landscape are wild in more ways than one. “There’s the way he slashes paint over his canvas, with bold, big, unfettered strokes. And there are the places he portrays, plunging his viewers deep […]

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Modernist Joseph Solman dead at 99

“Joseph Solman, a painter who, with Mark Rothko and other modernists, helped shape American art as early as the 1930s and, into a new century, continued to paint in his studio above the Second Avenue Deli in New York, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan,” Michael Kimmelman writes […]

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Boston flooded with Cuban water metaphors

In the Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid reports that “Surrounded by Water” is too small to cover such a broad theme successfully. “These works of art are often striking; they were made by a range of artists, from established to emerging. But it’s a smallish exhibit, with work by about 15 […]