Polish artist Monika Sosnowksa's "Tower" references the facade of Mies van der Rohe's Lake Shore Drive towers in Chicago. The sculpture sits on a porous base that allows water to reach the shaggy grass beneath it. It came in on 10 trucks and was installed with cranes over two weeks.
The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum's new exhibition, "Architectural Allusions," consists of seven contemporary works that take on architecture of yore and today as a subject, championing or countering it. It’s one of the museum’s first themed outdoor showcases and includes sculpture commissioned, on loan and part of the permanent collection, by artists from Boston to Poland.
In the basement of a chic cottage that backs up to Gloucester’s Goose Cove are hundreds of original prints and paintings—two lifetimes of artwork by Mary Ann and Mace Wenniger, now in their early eighties and nineties, respectively. Some are framed and mounted and singled out by studio lights. Many more are stacked against the walls, pinned like clothes on a line, and stuffed into storage cabinets like books of handmade paper—and there’s that, too, sculpturally gathered in a vitrine.
Through this fall, the Cape Ann Museum has on view some of John Sloan's most vibrant oil paintings, from his five consecutive summers in Gloucester. There, between 1914 and 1918, he applied the European modernist approaches to painting he saw at the 1913 Armory Show in New York. And he turned his attention away from dark street scenes and toward the purples and yellows of the New England landscape and sea.
In Amy Schumer’s new hit movie, “Trainwreck,” comedian and actor Mike Birbiglia (“Sleepwalk with Me”) plays an entertainingly plain-vanilla husband and father. Birbiglia and Schumer have been performing at the same New York clubs for more than a decade, and they, along with other cast members and producers, like Colin Quinn and Judd Apatow, are promoting the movie with a comedy tour. Birbiglia recently sat down with WGBH Art Editor Jared Bowen to talk about why Schumer’s style is working and why “Trainwreck” is the rom-com of today.
UPDATE: Follow "The Alphabet" as it unfolds, A to Z, through the slideshow above.
For the next 26 days, one letter will leap out on the front page of Fitchburg’s daily newspaper. Today, it’s a minimalist red A that fills the space above the fold like a house. Tomorrow, B could be big or small, legible or hardly so. Only those putting together the Sentinel & Enterprise’s public art project, "The Alphabet," know, and they’re out to surprise their readers—"make them wonder, what the hell is going on with the paper?" said visual artist Anna Schuleit Haber, who’s steering it all the way to Z.
"Hollywood," by Thomas Hart Benton, 1937-38. Tempera with oil on canvas, mounted on board, 56 x 84 in. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Bequest of the artist. Photo by Jamison Miller.
“Meet me at the sheep” is something you can now say when making plans near Chinatown Park. Artist Kyu Seok Oh’s herd of 10, cast with handmade paper, supported with steel, and coated to resist rain, are perched on red platforms that echo the sculptural gates and are in their element amid the garden's grasses.
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Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston. Back from a New York theater tour, he's also presenting some of the most-nominated Broadway musicals going into this weekend's Tony Awards.
In recent years, Boston has tried to raise its profile as a city with great public art. And what better venue is there to do that then The Rose Kennedy Greenway? That’s where WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen recently met up with artist Janet Echelman, whose soaring sculpture is, for the moment, redefining the Boston skyline.
Artist Janet Echelman spent more than two years creating her skyline-redefining sculpture, floating above the Rose Kennedy Greenway through early October. A thin, willowy mesh of color and roughly half an acre in size, it soars and breathes the air. The orange, purple and green hues of its fiber glint in the sunlight like a translucent, deep-sea creature. But this is a piece about a neighborhood.
These are not good days at the Boston Public Library. Especially for a historian of Boston Studies like me. The library is my workroom. This – sadly -- means I daily witness the trashing of a building that is arguably the pre-eminent masterwork of three centuries of American architecture. The culprits? The BPL’s own administration.
In the wake of the unfolding saga -- by theft or misplacement -- of two of the library’s significant holdings (prints by Dürer and Rembrandt), I recognize a pattern of parallel abuse of its most intellectually important holdings.
The final "Late Show With David Letterman" airs Wednesday night, and to mark the event, we bring you a bit of local lore from the show. In February 1985, the late inventor, photographer and MIT professor Harold "Doc" Edgerton was a guest on "Late Night With David Letterman," along with his former student Gus Kayafas.
What you'll see at the Newton Festival of the Arts, clockwise from top left: performances by a Ukrainian dance troupe, music from the only Grammy award-winning violist, the satirical play "The Imaginary Invalid," and a performance by the American Chinese Art & Dance Society.
Credit Images courtesy of the Newton Festival of the Arts; produced by Amanda Kersey
May 1 marks the start of Newton’s first Festival of the Arts, a month of performances, scholar and author talks, and parties—both cocktail and family-friendly—to benefit the city's food bank and other nonprofits. Mayor Setti Warren posed the idea to his cultural affairs director more than a year ago, and that meeting turned into a plan for a week of events. But when the city's arts organizations got a hold of it, they all wanted in.
Think for just a moment of the events that define the 20th century: the atomic bomb, AIDS, the Kennedy assassination. It’s a sprawling history and one Double Edge Theatre conjures in a new ArtsEmerson show, drawing from the surreal style of Russian artist Marc Chagall, who lived through most of the century, to take us on a grand parade through prohibition, war, jazz and disco.
The Concord Museum is hoping for a home run with its spring exhibition, “The Art of Baseball,” which showcases memorabilia, folk art and well-known works that explore the development of the sport and personal connections to the game.
One of the striking moments in Boston’s history that longtime Boston Globe photographer Bill Brett presents in his new book, “Boston Irish,” was the April 16, 2013 vigil for Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. He spoke to WGBH Arts Editor and Open Studio host Jared Bowen about how 5,000 people came together in Dorchester's Garvey Park that night and how he captured the scene.
Matthew Teitelbaum has spent the last 22 years at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, running a large and complex institution that he turned into a city hotspot. So why the MFA?
"Well the quality of the collection is extraordinary," he said. "The staff that care for it is extraordinary. Boston is an incredible city, and there’s something exciting about the challenge of helping this institution get to the next level."
If, at first glance, you think the new director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 59-year-old Matthew Teitelbaum, director of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, is a chip off the old block, then you are correct — somewhat.
"Woman in Gold" refers to a 1907 elaborately detailed painting by Gustav Klimt of Adele Bloch-Bauer. When the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, they seized the painting. The efforts of Adele’s niece, Maria Altmann, to have the work returned some 60 years later is the subject of a new film.