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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: 9 Inspiring Natural Hairdos For African-American Girls At 'Rock My Locs' Expo

April 26, 2016
Danay Almond models during the “Rock My Locs" hair show. (Greg Cook)

“Natural hair means you’re taking back who you are,” says Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga of OrigiNation.

The Delicate, Dazzling Art Of Paper Cuts

April 25, 2016
Randal Thurston “The Counting House." (Courtesy Fuller Craft Museum)

Check out the stunning handcraft and intricate designs artists today are cutting from paper in a new Fuller Craft Museum exhibit.

Art Exhibits To See Around Boston This Spring

April 04, 2016
"Visualize Somerville" in 2015. (Courtesy “Visualize Somerville")

Including controversial Chinese star Ai Weiwei, Rodin’s sensuous sculptures, “The Twilight Zone,” Black Lives Matter protests, a cat petting zoo.

Reckoning With 'The Curious Occurrence Of Taxidermy In Contemporary Art'

March 25, 2016
Kate Clark's "Licking the Plate," 2014, from "Dead Animals" at Brown University. Kudu hide and horns, foam, clay, thread, pins, rubber eyes, wood, plaster, paint, and painted backdrop. (Courtesy Brown University's Bell Gallery)

Visiting the haunting and very thought provoking “Dead Animals” exhibit at Brown University.

In Pakistan, She Felt Threatened, So She Made A Dazzling Lantern To Welcome All

March 21, 2016
Anila Quayyum Agha's "Intersections" at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. (Greg Cook)

Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s giant lantern pours patterns across the Salem museum’s gallery.

Hip Hop 4 Flint: Boston Benefit Show To Help Victims Of Michigan Water Crisis

March 16, 2016
Hip Hop 4 Flint in Boston features (clockwise from top left): Natural Bliss, Daniel Laurent, Letia Larok, Raheem Jamal, Mistah Parker, Michelle La Poetica, Foundation Movement and Mark Merren. (Courtesy Hip Hop 4 Flint, Boston)

Shows in 52 cities March 19 aim to raise funds to buy water filters for homes in Flint.

Where To Go Maple Sugaring Around Boston

March 10, 2016
Tapped maples at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. (Courtesy Mass Audubon)

Our guide to where to get your classic New England spring sugar fix.

The Perfect David Bowie Tribute: Free 'Space Oddity' Light Show At Planetarium

March 03, 2016
The planetarium show features the David Bowie constellation that Belgian astronomers (unofficially) dubbed in his honor after his death. (Courtesy Museum of Science, Boston)

“For ‘Space Oddity,’ we fly out to look at the earth and then we fly to the moon and we fly to the stars. It’s a visual journey that goes to his music.”

Tropical Escapes Near Boston: Our Guide To Local Greenhouses

March 02, 2016
Fish pond in the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park in Providence. (Greg Cook)

Explore the great indoors at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Wellesley College Greenhouses, Roger Williams Park’s Botanical Center and Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Art Show By Shepard Fairey And Other ‘Artists For Bernie Sanders' Comes To Boston

February 19, 2016
Sanders Muppet and "Time" magazine cover by Los Angeles artist Donny Miller. (Courtesy Bernie Sanders 2016)

See images from “The Art of a Political Revolution,” a nationally-touring exhibition organized by the Sanders presidential campaign, which is in Boston just this weekend.

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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