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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

A New History Of Fiber Artists Who Tried To Turn Craft Into Art

October 01, 2014
From left, Alan Shields's 1971 "Nina Got It for 100 Francs"; Elsi Giauque's 1979 "Spacial Element"; and Jean Stamsta's c. 1970 "Orange Twist." (Greg Cook)

The new exhibition “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present” at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art surveys artists who pioneered tapestry’s transition, “taking the conversation away from craft to sculpture.”

Walsh Names Chicagoan To Be Boston's Arts Czar

September 23, 2014
Julie Burros (Courtesy)

Fulfilling one of his campaign pledges to foster the arts in Boston, Mayor Martin Walsh announced today that he has hired Julie Burros to be the city’s Chief of Arts and Culture—or “Arts Czar.”

At Tiny House Fest, Ponder How Little You Need To Be Happy

September 19, 2014
A tiny house built by Drew Crawford. (Drew Crawford)

The Somerville festival celebrates the growth in tiny house building that has popped up across the country in recent years.

Cute Alert: Photos Of Colobus Monkey Born At Stone Zoo

September 17, 2014
The new baby Eastern black-and-white colobus monkey at the Stone Zoo. (Dayle Sullivan-Taylor)

An Eastern black-and-white colobus monkey debuts at the zoo in Stoneham.

Photos: Best Kissers And Other Amazing Dog Tricks At Pooch-A-Palooza

September 08, 2014
Best kisser? (Greg Cook)

Hundreds of dogs and owners attended the second annual canine festival at the Topsfield Fairgrounds.

Realism Was So Uncool—Until Richard Estes And The Photorealists Came Along

September 04, 2014
Richard Estes "Bus with Reflection of the Flat Iron Building," 1967. (Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery)

PORTLAND, Maine — A retrospective of Estes’s paintings at the Portland Museum of Art shows that his interest was the allure of gleaming surfaces.

New Experiments For Your Ears: The New England Underground Music Fest

September 04, 2014
Unicorn Hard On is one of the bands performing at the New England Underground Music Festival. (MP Lockwood)

The festival features 39 bands from Vermont to Connecticut for two nights of performances, Sept. 5 and 6, in Somerville.

The Rise And Fall And Rise Again Of Jerry Beck And His Revolving Museum

August 29, 2014
“Any time I wear this, I give away free art,” Jerry Beck says of his “Pioneer Coat.” “It’s like gift giving. Most cultures have that. The reason you do that is because it’s an honor. … Art should be free. … It’s about a generosity of creativity.” (Greg Cook)

Two years after the Revolving Museum closed in Lowell, founder Jerry Beck aims to bring it back to life.

Bread and Puppet Theater Brings Giant Puppets And Political Satire To Cambridge

August 28, 2014
Bread and Puppet Theater’s “Nothing Is Not Ready Circus” performed in Glover, Vermont, on Aug. 24, 2014. (Greg Cook)

While the political satire is aimed at adults, the fake tigers and the clowning, the company’s signature giant puppets and rollicking brass band grab kids.

At This (Fake) Doughnut Shop, You Can Walk Into A Cartoon World

August 21, 2014
The !nd!v!duals' Janky Donuts at Lot F. (Greg Cook)

BOSTON — At the !nd!v!duals’ show at Boston’s Lot F Gallery everything—including the doughnuts—is handcrafted from wood.

Mush! Human Dog Sled Racing At Lowell ‘WinterFest’

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

LOWELL, Mass. — 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)

BOSTON — 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)

BOSTON — 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)

LEXINGTON, Mass. — “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)

BROOKLINE, Mass. — “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

BOSTON — 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)

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — “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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