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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

Where Does Boston's Road Salt Come From? A Local Photographer Finds Out

January 27, 2015
Front-end loaders at Eastern Salt Company in Chelsea fill dump trucks that carry the salt to municipal depots across the area. (Allison Cekala)

Boston photographer Allison Cekala’s exhibit “Road Salt: A 4,500-Mile Journey” is on view at Boston’s Museum of Science.

The Local Guy Behind ‘Let It Go’ Snow Day Video That Everyone's Talking About

January 26, 2015
Moses Brown Head of School Matt Glendinning sings a public service announcement. (Courtesy)

Moses Brown School in Providence posted a “School Is Closed” video to YouTube that’s already attracting national attention.

Bread & Puppet: How Does Activist Theater Respond To Protests In Our Streets?

January 24, 2015
Bread and Puppet Theater's "Captain Boycott." (Greg Cook)

Bread & Puppet Theater’s ‘Captain Boycott’ is a history of small people fighting back.

Rinklin's Otherworldly Landscapes Are Poised At Boundary Of Tech And Tradition

January 21, 2015
Cristi Rinklin's painting "Migration 2," oil and acrylic on aluminum. (Courtesy)

The Boston artist’s paintings tug at the nature of realism in a moment when everything is digitally photographed and then Photoshopped.

Baltimore's Edgar Allan Poe Statue Sadly Acknowledges Ravens Loss To Patriots

January 16, 2015
The Edgar Allan Poe statue at the University of Baltimore sported a Patriots scarf yesterday. (Jeff Jerome)

What happens when the rivalry between Poe fans in Boston and Baltimore slips over into a football playoffs bet?

Patriots Playoff Bet Sparks Question: Would Edgar Allan Poe Root For The Ravens?

January 09, 2015
A sculpture of Edgar Allan Poe, the horror master who conjured creepy classics such as “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Raven." It will be unveiled on Oct. 4. at at the intersection of Charles and Boylston Streets. (Courtesy Stefanie Rocknak)

“I thought, well, OK, it’s a foregone conclusion that we’re going to win, so I don’t mind sticking it to Boston,” says Jeff Jerome, a Poe fan in Baltimore.

Santa Claus Is A Little Old Lady Who Flies On A Broom? Yes, In Italy.

January 05, 2015
"She promised herself to love all the kids in the world." (Greg Cook)

“She promised herself to love all the kids in the world.” La Befana visits Newton’s Ciociaro Social Club.

Last Chance To Make 'Roadrunner' The State Rock Song? What Can Be Done?

January 05, 2015
The Modern Lovers. (Courtesy)

There is just a day or so left for a legislative proposal to make the Modern Lovers’ 1972 ode to Massachusetts the state rock song.

From Museums To The Streets—Boston's Best Visual Art Of 2014

December 30, 2014
Polka dots are projected across the facade of the old power plant. (Greg Cook)

Among Boston artists, energy reached outside galleries to public projects in 2014.

'There's Still A Lot Of People Struggling'—MacArthur 'Genius' Mark Bradford

December 19, 2014
Mark Bradford. (Greg Cook)

An interview with the celebrated Los Angeles artist about his exhibit at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum.

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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