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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

'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.

Where To See The Best Christmas Lights—And A Lobster Trap Menorah—Around Boston

December 18, 2014
Arthur Street, Danvers. (Greg Cook)

WBUR’s ultimate guide to the greatest holiday decorations around greater Boston.

Photos: 130 Snow Globes Make For A Big Exhibit Of Tiny Little Winter Wonderlands

December 17, 2014
Plastic figures of a snowman and Santa with snow globe bellies probably date to the 1960s, Courtney says. (Courtesy)

“Snow is sort of magical and I think that’s the attraction of snow globes,” says Julia Courtney, curator at the Springfield Museums. “It’s this little, magical world and you, maybe, have entire control over it.”

This Is What Boston Landmarks Would Look Like As Gingerbread Houses

December 16, 2014
“Holiday Cheer State House”
by Connor Architecture. (Courtesy)

Ten local architecture firms designed the candy creations for charity.

Boston's ICA Recruits New Top Curator From New York's MoMA

December 05, 2014
Eva Respini (Martin Seck)

Eva Respini is expected to begin work here in March 2015.

When The 400-Pound Cheese Arrives From Italy, Of Course You Throw A Parade

December 05, 2014
The representative of Rifugio Crucolo wheels the 400-pound cheese off the wagon. (Greg Cook)

Hundreds gathered in Concord for the fifth annual Crucolo Parade.

Bob Staake, The Cape Cod Artist Behind The New Yorker's Iconic Ferguson Cover

December 02, 2014
Bob Staake's cover for the Dec. 8, 2014, New Yorker. (Bob Staake)

“That cover is informed from my 17 years of living in St. Louis, where it really is a divided city,” the Chatham-based artist says.

Suzanne Lacy, A Founding Mother Of Feminist Art, To Speak In Cambridge

December 01, 2014
“In Mourning and In Rage" on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall in 1977. (Courtesy)

Lacy helped pioneer a form of performance art that blurs the lines between spectacle and activism.

Virginia Curator Hired To Make DeCordova One Of The Best U.S. Sculpture Parks

November 17, 2014
New DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum executive director John Ravenal. (Courtesy)

John Ravenal, currently a curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, has been named the new executive director of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln.

Mass MoCA Plans Giant, Long-Term Exhibits By Turrell, Rauschenberg, Holzer

November 16, 2014
Xu Bing's "Phoenix" on view in the football field-size gallery of MASS MoCA's signature Building 5 last summer. (Greg Cook)

The supersized projects are part of an expansion that’s expected to double the North Adams institution’s size.

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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