What can a rock band possibly achieve by reuniting after two decades? Most, if they had any hits, will embark on a nostalgia trip for their fans, who will almost certainly be of a specific generation and care little for the modern music scene. New recorded material rarely comes out of these reformed bands, and if it does, tends to retread instead of reinvigorate. Well, what if the band was never… continue

Sculpting Violence

reviewing Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning exhibit

The word “memory” comes from the Indo-European root meaning “to mourn”, and in Greek myth, Memory was the mother of the Muses. The Materiality of Mourning, an exhibition by Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo at the Harvard Art Museums through April 9, 2017 unites these sources of inspiration. Her sculptures, assemblages of furniture and… continue

Integral Layers

visiting with artist Andrew Fish in his studio

The small yet deceivingly spacious studio of painter Andrew Fish is housed in an old red-brick building above a foam-cutting company, part of the Vernon Street Studios in Somerville, which houses several artist studios. A blue-velvet upholstered couch that looks like it was jettisoned from a tasteful high society home years ago fills the left wall beside a vintage flatbed printing press decorated with scraps of paper and… continue

Multiplying Beauty

reviewing Manus x Machina at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Approaching the Robert Lehman Wing from the main entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, most visitors pass through the gallery where an eighteenth-century choir screen from the cathedral of Valladolid is installed, catching a first glimpse of the jaw-dropping entrance to Manus x Machina: Art in an Age of Technology from a distance. Passing through the opening in the screen, they see a glittering gold garment, framed in… continue

From the Archives: 1999-2017

21 Feb 2011

Oh Yes It Is!

discussing Panto with Matthew Woods
10 Aug 2010

Shipyard Wreckage

a review of HarborArts Outdoor Gallery
16 Jul 2006

Collective Haze

experiencing the exhibit Twin Allegories
01 Apr 2002

Gestural Conviction

Mark Morris Dance Group's V, reviewed