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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

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.

One Of These Artists Will Define Freedom In Fields Corner

August 14, 2014
Joe O'Connell’s “Brilliance” in Palo Alto, California. (Courtesy)

Four artists have been chosen as finalists to develop a permanent “Freedom Public Art Project” for Boston’s Doherty-Gibson Park.

Searching For The Real America In The Paintings Of Jamie Wyeth

August 10, 2014
Jamie Wyeth's 2009 painting "The Sea, Watched." (© Jamie Wyeth. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

The exhibition “Jamie Wyeth” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts shows the Maine artist’s nostalgia for some imagined American past.

Katherine French, Who Revitalized Danforth Art Museum, To Retire

August 05, 2014
Katherine French. (Courtesy)

She helped the Framingham museum acquire a new building on the town’s common.

Proposal To Make 'Roadrunner' The State Rock Song Hits Dead End?

August 05, 2014
The Modern Lovers. (Courtesy)

The state Legislature fails to vote on “An Act designating the song ‘Roadrunner’ as the official rock song of the Commonwealth.”

Hundreds Of Watergun-Slingers Meet To Shoot It Out Tomorrow—And You're Invited

August 02, 2014
Banditos Misteriosos's 2013 watergun fight on Cambridge Common. (Matt Towler)

Our preview of Banditos Misteriosos’s free, annual, community, flash-mob-style watergun fight.

In Newburyport, They Race Beds In The Streets—Because They Can

August 01, 2014
The Institution for Savings team celebrates Newburyport's 250th birthday. (Greg Cook)

Teams of up to five people push beds made up to resemble sailing ships and fire trucks and churches as fast as they can down a quarter mile stretch of Federal Street.

Is 'The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August' The Best Sci-Fi Book Of 2014?

July 29, 2014
"The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" by Claire North. (Courtesy)

Every time Harry August dies, he’s reborn to live his life to live over again. Perhaps with disastrous consequences for all of us.

Dazzling, Traditional Polish Folk Craft Designs Hand-Cut From Paper

July 25, 2014
One of Susan Urban's papercut rooster designs. (Susan Urban)

Susan Urban demonstrates wycinanki papercutting at this weekend’s Lowell Folk Festival.

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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