Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 9:49 am
By Shem Tane On April 19, I saw Funky Dawgz Brass Band at the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub in Cambridge, Mass. I ended up at this specific show through multiple recommendations from friends who couldn’t stop talking about the raw energy that the band blasts out of its trumpets, trombones, saxophones and tubas. My […]
David Brewster, Peale’s Triangle, 2017, oil on board.
Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 2:22 pm
David Brewster, originally a Marylander, now practicing in rural Vermont, is one gutsy artist. His solo exhibition at The Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore shows his depiction of events and characters important to him that should be important to all of us. The Maryland Historical Society, honoring its mission of presenting work relevant to Maryland’s history, good or bad, brutal and violent, proves equally brave in presenting Brewster’s paintings.
(Clockwise from top left: “Boston Strong,” wall tower of 110 running shoes memorial assemblage; John Buron, “Eugene Roberts,” mixed media fabric/wall quilt banner; Jeff Grassie, “Invincible,” mixed media, wood, sculpture; Christopher DeRosa, “1897,” wood assemblage with electric lamp (photographs by J. Fatima Martins).
Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 2:18 pm
“A Long-Distance Relationship: The 26.2 Mile Journey” is a hybrid art invitational created to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and celebrate the social importance of sport running as a unifying community activity. It also reveals human athleticism as a source of personal triumph with greater cultural relevance especially as it relates to gender and ability, and spotlights some ‘firsts’ within the sport, including Eugene Roberts who became the first unofficial wheelchair athlete to complete the Boston Marathon in 1970, crossing the finish line in a hospital-issued wheelchair; and, Robert Louise “Bobbi” Gibb, the first unregistered woman to run the entire Boston Marathon in 1966, as well as Sara Mae Berman, the unofficial women’s winner in the years 1969 through 1971. Women were banned from officially competing in the Boston Marathon until 1972.
Seydou Keita, Untitled, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, at The Armory Show, New York (photograph by Nancy Nesvet).
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 10:18 pm
by Nancy Nesvet MARCH 13, 2019 — With the headlines changing at the speed of the wind blowing snow around New York and New England this week, it’s difficult for artists to keep up with making work reflecting daily politics. After the emphasis on the possible “wall,” treatment of LatinX at the Miami Fairs last […]
Greg Maraio, Anthony Goes and Gigi Watson (l to r) star in Walt McGough’s “Brawler (photography by Kalman Zabarsky).
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 9:47 pm
by James Foritano BOSTON, MA–It’s an unimposing facade and a small stage inside the Boston Playwrights’ Theater at 949 Commonwealth Avenue, so if you take your cues from looks and size, you’re not prepared at all for the tragic grandeur of “Brawler,” authored by Walt McGough, and directed in a world premiere collaboration with Kitchen […]
Daniel Gerroll, Patricia Kalember, Karen Pittman and Jim Poulos in The White Card (Photography by Gretjen Helene Photography).
Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 9:42 pm
by James Foritano BOSTON, MA–Claudia Rankine’s The White Card, playing through April 1 at the Emerson Paramount Center on the Robert J. Orchard Stage, is about both the privileges of whiteness in a multi-racial society and the enervating struggles of a family in conflict and confrontation. Either one of these themes is huge enough to […]
Georg Kuettinger in front of his Laguna painting from his Diasec series, 2017, at the Python Gallery, Zurich, booth at SCOPE New York (photograph by Nancy Nesvet).
Sunday, March 11th, 2018 at 5:00 pm
by Nancy Nesvet MARCH 9, 2018, NEW YORK CITY — Newly painted white walls and large spaces for exhibitors gave the SCOPE New York International Contemporary Art Fair the look of a high-priced gallery. The two-story space, in an old office building on West 18th St in New York from March 8 through 11, gave […]
Ezra Furman at Great Scott, Allson. Photograph by Shem Tane.
Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 2:14 pm
by Shem Tane ALLSTON, MA — On the evening of March 5, sandwiched between two nor’easters, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to watch the band, Ezra Furman, led by its namesake, a Boston native turned nomad, perform at the Great Scott down in Allston. In an ever-shifting political climate and divisive political scene, […]
Boston Opera Collaborative 's "As One" presented January 2018
Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 12:34 pm
by James Foritano CAMBRIDGE, MA — It sometimes happens that you don’t know you’re looking at art. For me, “As One,” a chamber orchestra for two voices and string quartet, performed, over the last weekend of January by the Boston Opera Collaborative, qualified, eminently, for that accolade. As usual, many elements contribute to this grand […]
Mary Sibande, "Cry Havoc", 2014, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa, Platform section, The Armory Show, New York (photograph by Nancy Nesvet).
Friday, March 9th, 2018 at 12:34 pm
by Nancy Nesvet MARCH 8, 2018, NEW YORK CITY — Happy International Women’s Day! In celebration, I focus on women artists and those who make work about women. That was not a difficult perspective, as about 60 percent of the work at the 2018 Armory Show in New York features women artists or female subjects. […]