Category Archives: Writing About the Arts

Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden

Here’s the review I wrote for Art New England magazine about Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden at the Glass House in New Canaan, CT.

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Laylah Ali

Here’s the profile I wrote for Art New England magazine about the wonderful artist, Laylah Ali.

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“So You Know…” A Retrospective by Terry Albright

It always starts with a dream. In the first one, she and her father have to retrieve a dead baby from the bottom of a well. As she matures as an artist, the baby begins to look like her middle … Continue reading

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“Ida”

The Oscar-winning “Ida” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski is a movie that forced me to ask myself the question, “What would I do if all was lost?” Set in 1962 Poland, “Ida” (played by Agata Trzebuchowska) is the story of an 18-year-old, orphaned, novitiate … Continue reading

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Jealousy

I was just thinking how powerful art can be and thought of a review I wrote of Julian Opie’s show at the Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston in 2010 for Art New England. That review at 360 words couldn’t possibly … Continue reading

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The Facebook Story

There have been a lot of raves for “The Social Network”—David Fincher’s sensational, agile, frightening, yet sometimes comic story of the founding of Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. They’re mostly true. I was shocked, appalled, impressed, and always riveted … Continue reading

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Pipilotti Rist

I was concerned about the sheep’s breath. He had his face so close to mine that I was worried that he might kiss me. He hoofed it right up close and his furry snout was millimeters from my lips. No, … Continue reading

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The Power of the Stage

The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project is narrative journalism at its best. And the production performed at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston, a part of ArtsEmerson’s inaugural program, is a riveting and … Continue reading

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Kay Rosen’s Words

Scrabble anyone? Try this one…PNUUMLDE.  Hmm. I stared at those alternating charcoal and slate gray letters on the wall of the Kay Rosen exhibit at the Barbara Krakow gallery in Boston on Friday for a long time. I sounded out … Continue reading

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The sweaty palm test

I’ve been reflecting on a conversation I had with my classmates of what makes great art. I’ve asked this question as long as I’ve looked at it–since my second job out of college working at Butterfield & Butterfield, the auction … Continue reading

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