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Legends of the Blues by William Stout

If there’s anything horrible about music nowadays, it’s that musicians too often have such bland stories. Maybe that’s unfair, but it always seems like a good number of musicians didn’t grow up much different from me. How boring is that? It’s not their fault, but it’s not the way legends are often created. The musician’s bio can sometimes be a […]

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Roger Shimomura: Extra Bits

I spoke to painter Roger Shimomura for this post, but here is a little extra dialogue we had about his use of popular cartoon characters in his work. Roger is a hardcore appropriator, but a very talented one who uses his borrowed characters for some pretty direct political commentary, and yet manages to make the whole thing fun despite the […]

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Roger Shimomura

The paintings of Roger Shimomura are fun, cartoonish and delightfully over-the-top, but what lurks behind them is a serious history of racism in America, and an examination of how naturalized cultures are expected to bow to the dominant one, with no compromises. One painting by Shimomura features the artist decked out in a judo outfit, punching Superman, the ultimate white American. It’s […]

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Johnny Carrera’s Pictorial Webster’s

Coming up on March 23, Mass MoCA is going to open Life’s Work, a two-artist show featuring the work of Tom Phillips and Johnny Carrera – you can read my articles on Phillips and Carrera at the Transcript site. Carrera’s work is culled from his 2010 book from Chronicle, “Pictorial Webster’s: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities,” which you may be compelled […]

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All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals By John Conway, C. M. Kosemen & Dr. DarrenNaish, with skeletal drawings by Scott Hartman

One fact about science that is hard to communicate to not only those who reject it, but also those who stand at a distance from it even as they are open to its findings, is that science is a form of changing knowledge where evidence leads truth, and as evidence changes, so does truth. In this way, science marches alongside […]

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New York Drawings by Adrian Tomine

Gathering up cartoonist Adrian Tomine’s illustration work for the New Yorker – there are a few comics, but this is mostly an examination of covers and spots for accompanying articles – the handsome art book “New Yorker Drawings” often get to the root of Tomine’s world view as applicable to New York City and the urban experience together. So much […]

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Jennifer Saleik and David John Foy

Calgary artists Jennifer Saleik and David John Foy pile it all out there for everyone to see, leaving multi-layered canvases that capture their two minds working as a singularity. Saleik and Foy are part of “Oh, Canada,” showing at Mass MoCA. “The big piece in Mass MoCA, when we finally got it complete, we just stared at it forever,” Saleik […]

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Lynn Richardson

Artist Lynn Richardson pulls from her journeys between Canada and the United States to examine the differences, and find they collide within her own work. Richardson’s new installation “Arctic Garden” will open at Gallery 107, 107 Main St., on Thursday, June 28. “Arctic Garden” looks to the far north and how it is affected by global warming, especially within the […]

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Kristin Carlson

Print maker Kristin Carlson’s work demands a landscape as its subject, as filtered through her own psychological space. Her prints will be part of The Phylogeny Projects at the Branch Gallery, 18 Holden St., as part of Downstreet Art. Carlson’s print work is in spired by her own experience of place. When she began printmaking, it was with an interest […]

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Colin Boyd

Troy, N.Y.-based sculptor Colin Boyd’s work transports the art gallery visitor to a musty old natural history museum, as well as the sites of archaeological discovery. Boyd’s sculptures can be seen in “Curiosity,” which opens at KidSpace at Mass MoCA on Saturday, June 23. Boyd’s sculpture “American Incognitum” is a full scale reproduction of a fossilized mastodon that has a […]

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Nathan Sawaya

Artist Nathan Sawaya’s material of choice can be found in almost any kid’s room, but his Lego creations go far beyond the complexity of any Lego kit. Sawaya’s work is part of “Curiosity,” which opens at KidSpace at Mass MoCA on Saturday, June 23. Sawaya’s artistic journey with bricks almost didn’t happen when, just out of college, he chose to […]

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Mario Doucette

Canadian painter Mario Doucette has been committing history to canvas, but in his investigation of the Acadian Expulsion, he’s part of a movement to reclaim the truth that has been systematically stolen in Acadian heritage. Doucette’s work, which is on display at Mass MoCA as part of the “Oh, Canada” show, examines and critiques the expulsion, which began in 1755 […]

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Janice Wright Cheney

Janice Wright Cheney’s work focuses on nature, but largely measured against its relationship with man — and sometimes, how those two might clash. Cheney’s work can be viewed in “”Oh, Canada”,” which opens Saturday, May 26, at Mass MoCA. Cheney’s sculpture, “The Widow”, depicts a bear covered in roses — each hand-felted, dyed and sewn onto a taxidermy form. It […]

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Chloë Østmo

For her work at Mass MoCA, London-based artist Chloë Østmo is reaching back to her past and picking up the pieces — literally. “Falling,” her piece featured in “Making Room: The Space Be tween Two and Three Di mensions” at the museum, dates back to 2006, and the current installation marks the first time Østmo has shown — and put […]

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Kadir Nelson

In his new book, “We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball,” illustrator Kadir Nelson discovers not only a voice for baseball heroes of yesteryear, but for his own transition to author. The book recently won Nelson two American Library Association awards. Nelson’s previous work is on display at the Eric Carle Museum in “Testing the Ice: A […]

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Sanford Biggers

For his new installation at Mass MoCA, artist Sanford Biggers draws on the concept of “Afrofuturism” and mixes that with his own family’s creative past with a jazz-like precision, to conjure a three-dimensional puzzle for museum visitors to wander through. “The Cartographer’s Conundrum” opens at Mass MoCA on Saturday. Upon entering Building 5, visitors will be confronted with a geometric […]

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Jenny Holzer

Contemporary artist Jenny Holzer has long used words as her medium. In her upcoming installation at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, she intends to wrap up visitors inside them Holzer’s work has centered around the idea of text as art. Often she examines importance of words and language — selective phrases, the way people choose to say the things […]

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