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Greg Cook

Arts Reporter, WBUR

Greg Cook is an arts reporter and critic for WBUR.org and The Providence Phoenix. His writing has also appeared in The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, Art New England, Juxtapoz Magazine, Art & Antiques, PoetryFoundation.org and several newspapers in suburban Boston. He is the founder of The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, which won a 2009 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

Cook is a leader in fostering art making in the New England. He oversees the New England Art Awards, an annual open-source, community project to honor art made in the region. He organizes the “Quiet, Please” arts and cultures talks at the Malden Public Library. And his writings sparked a community effort that got Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts to relaunch its Maud Morgan Prize for local women artists in 2011 after the museum neglected to award it for five years.

Cook teaches at Montserrat College of Art. His own pictures have appeared in fancy publications like Nickelodeon magazine, Publishers Weekly and The Believer, and have received honorable mentions in the 2006 and ’07 editions of “The Best American Comics.” He’s exhibited his artwork in Italy, France, Canada, Abu Dhabi, the United States, and the bathrooms of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Despite all this apparent liveliness, Wikipedia once declared him dead.

Recent stories

Photos: The 10th Annual Honk Brass Band Fest In Somerville

October 11, 2015
Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, performs during the Honk Parade on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Twenty-nine bands from as far away as Seattle, New Orleans and Paris, France, performed in Somerville’s Davis Square and then in a parade to Harvard Square.

Under Boston’s Zakim Bridge A Secret, Guerrilla Zen Garden Grows

October 09, 2015
Nate Swain's “Zen Under the Zakim" in 2015. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

A Boston artist has quietly been raking the gravel under the bridge to add a bit of calm to one of the most restless transit hubs in the region.

Honk Music Fest Turns 10: 'Marching Band Culture, But It's Kind Of Twisted'

October 09, 2015
The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band. (Courtesy)

Lantern parades Friday. Outdoor concerts Saturday. Parade from Somerville to Cambridge on Sunday. All free.

400 Pumpkins: Lawn On D Wants Your Help Carving A Giant Jack-O'-Lantern Display

October 08, 2015
The jack-o'-lantern display at the 2014 "Punkin' Fest" at Lawn on D. (Courtesy)

Admission and pumpkins are free. They’ll add blinking lights, spooky music and “special effects” to create a Halloween “Punkin’ Manor.”

Artist Behind Mural On Former Hancock Building Wants To Take Your Photo

October 06, 2015
Street artist JR's “Inside Out Photobooth" during a visit to Oakland. (Courtesy)

Anyone can come get their portrait taken, then instantly printed out as 3-foot by 5-foot posters to be pasted across the Dudley Library.

Area Man Pickets MFA Because He Hates French Impressionist Paintings Of Renoir

October 06, 2015
Renoir protesters in front of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts on Oct. 5, 2015. (Max Geller)

“I would say that every painting in the Museum of Fine Arts is really beautiful,” says Max Geller, “except the Renoir ones.”

Those Flags Popping Up In Chinatown? They're Art Protesting People Being Priced Out

September 25, 2015
Flags at 67 Oxford Place, Boston. (Courtesy)

“We’re seeing more and more people pushed out of the city by skyrocketing rents and a lot of flipping of properties.” — Lydia Lowe of the Chinese Progressive Association

Drones Are Changing How We See — And Think About — Our World

September 14, 2015
As drones have become cheaper and easier to fly, many people--like Martin Del Vecchio of Gloucester, the subject of our video and radio report above--are exploring the creative possibilities of the fliers. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Watch a selection of the amazing videos made with these flying cameras that are taking us places we’ve never been before.

In Bread And Puppet's Circus, Tigers Are Cardboard And The Clowning Is Political

September 04, 2015
Bread and Puppet Theater's “The Overtakelessness Circus” as performed in Glover, Vermont, on Aug. 23. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

The free, family-friendly circus will be performed in Cambridge and Lawrence this weekend.

Photos: Caribbean Carnival Brings The Islands To Boston

August 30, 2015
The 2015 Boston Caribbean Carnival. (Greg Cook)

Thousands of masqueraders, stilters and revelers filled Boston’s streets for the 42nd annual Caribbean Carnival parade yesterday.

Mush! Human Dog Sled Racing At Lowell ‘WinterFest’

February 24, 2013
The Uppercut Landscaping human dog sled team. (Greg Cook)

It’s sort of like regular dogsled races. Except instead of dogs, four people strap on harnesses to pull sleds.

Panel: Are Arts Relevant In The 21st Century?

February 22, 2013
The crowd attending "First Friday" gallery receptions at Boston's Thayer Street gallery district in September. (Greg Cook)

How to financially sustain existing cultural institutions in an ever more technological world?

Power Cords: ‘Harp Extravaganza’ At Berklee

February 21, 2013
The 2012 Berklee College of Music’s “Harp Extravaganza" (Olivia Fortunato via YouTube)

Check out video of five harpists performing a Michael Jackson medley.

Actress Olympia Dukakis Among Those Receiving State Cultural Awards

February 19, 2013
Olympia Dukakis (Courtesy of the Massachusetts Cultural Council)

The Commonwealth Awards honor contributions the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Cézanne and Gauguin Side By Side: Which Way Would 20th Century Art Go?

February 18, 2013
Paul Cézanne’s 1906 painting “The Large Bathers” (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Cézanne “very much looks forward to the experiments of the next generation of painters,” says Museum of Fine Arts Assistant Curator Emily Beeny.

Train-ing Ground: Model Railroading in Lexington

February 15, 2013
“Bridges Canyon,” a dramatic series of bridges spanning a winding river canyon, built by Bob Pawlak of Lexington. (Greg Cook photo)

“For most of us it starts when you’re 3-years-old and you see a train,” says Bob Fallier of the model railroad club Northeast N-Trak, “and it sticks with you for the rest of your life.”

Urban Renewal? Hermann Hesse's ‘The City’ With Puppets

February 14, 2013
Modern Times Theater performs Hermann Hesse’s fairy tale “The City.” (Courtesy of the theater)

“We’re not pooh-poohing urban centers,” says Modern Times Theater puppeteer Justin Lander. “We’re promoting a different pace.”

State Arts Grants Winners Announced

February 14, 2013

The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded $127,500 to individual artists and writers active in crafts, dramatic writing, and sculpture and installation.

Somerville Can Haz Cat Video Fest On Sunday

February 14, 2013
Strollercat (Courtesy of the Somerville Arts Council)

“The response has been crazy,” said Rachel Strutt of the Somerville Arts Council, which is organizing the “Copy Cat Festival.” “The event sold out in 24 hours. And so we had to add a second show.”

An Inside Account Of The Legendary Band Joy Division

February 07, 2013

Bassist Peter Hook shares his memories of the band in his new book “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division.”

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