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Michael Mansfield outside the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.

Cornered: Michael Mansfield

Michael Mansfield Eric Taubert As the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) prepares to open the doors for its 64th Season on May 1, a new executive director stands at the helm. After a nine-month nationwide search, the museum board selected Michael Mansfield, former curator of film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art […]

Valeriya Lakrisenko, Freyja.


YOUNG RUSSIANS AT SHATTUCK Don Wilkinson During a recent press conference in Moscow alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that he told Vladimir Putin that relations between the United States and Russia had reached “a low point.” It’s hard to argue with that observation. Between rumored Russian […]

Mountain View, Lincoln, New Hampshire, 2004, acrylic and mixed media carved wood, 28” x 20” x 12”.


GOING WITH THE GRAIN Beth Neville Coming full circle in his long life as a sculptor, Nick Edmonds creates sculptural worlds filled with people, boats, clouds and rocks. Each carefully carved wood sculpture takes the viewer to a extraordinary place. “Crystal Creek Pond” depicts his childhood memories of swimming in his grandfather’s trout pond. Small, […]

ID-entity series (RBGrOY), 2013, sign vinyl on mylar, 40” x 30”.


MICHELMAN MAKES SPACE Marguerite Serkin It is not often that the creative output of an artist matches her intellectual capacities. For Elizabeth Michelman, there is context and conceptual reasoning behind her creative choices as an artist and in exhibition design. She is able to convey the impetus behind her multi-faceted implementation through words and visual […]

Thibault Roland, Prudential, 2015, inkjet print.


BOSTON ATHENAEUM’S WORKS ON PAPER Franklin W. Liu Nestled with quiet dignity on Boston’s bustling Beacon Hill since 1849, and just a stone’s throw from the Massachusetts State House, is the Boston Athenæum, one of the oldest, manifestly resourceful, independent libraries in the United States. Walking within its hallowed halls, with no need for reminder, […]

Ghetto police escorting residents for deportation, 1942-44.


BEARING WITNESS TO TRAGEDY Elayne Clift I was born a Jew on March 20, 1943. One week after 3,000 people just like me Perished in Cracow, I began to live. I began to live one month before How many Jewish lives ended in Warsaw? In Budapest? In Bergen Belsen? But for an ocean, and other […]

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Interior with Egyptian Curtain, 1948, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., © 2017 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


THE ARTIST’S EYE DRAWS US IN Suzanne Volmer “Matisse in the Studio,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston through July 9, is the MFA’s spring/summer blockbuster. The show, jointly organized by the MFA and the Royal Academy of Arts, London in partnership with the Musée Matisse, Nice, includes “rare pairings of Matisse’s masterpieces with […]

Frank Stella, Extracts from Moby Dick Deckle Edges, 1993, lithograph, etching, aquatint, relief, and screenprint on white TGL, handmade paper, 34” x 42”, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002. © 2017 Frank Stella/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


A RETROSPECTIVE ODE TO FEARLESSNESS Flavia Cigliano The current retrospective of prints by Frank Stella at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy is stunning, spectacularly revealing the evolution of the artist’s printmaking over three decades, from the minimalistic geometric “Black Series 1” (1967) to the visually cacophonous “Near East Monoprints” (1999-2001). Organized […]


Welcome Brian Goslow Welcome to our May/June 2017 issue — one that we hope will serve as the blueprint to the start of your New England summer art wanderlust. We had already planned to cover the opening of the Frank Stella “Prints” retrospective at the Addison Gallery of American Art, but when the offer came […]

Rachele Buriassi and Roddy Doble in Jiří Kylián's Wings of Wax; photo by Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy Boston Ballet.

THEATER REVIEW: Boston Ballet’s Kylián/Wings of Wax at the Boston Opera House

Balanchine’s “Donizetti Variations” opened a three-part program by teaching our wings to soar to Gaetano Donizetti’s dreamy, sprightly, symmetrical melodies from his 1843 opera, “Don Sebastien.”

The vigor of the music belied our modern stereotypes of the classical as bland, of the romantic as naïve. And the dancers inhabiting Donizetti’s lively, questing inspirations with quick-silver turns seemed to grasp myriad opportunities to soar or slow, improbably, just before the musicians in the orchestra pit announced them!