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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

Are 4 Paintings At MFA Really By Caravaggio, The Sensitive Baroque Scoundrel?

April 18, 2014
The “Fortune Teller,” from about 1594 or ’95. (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

“Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship” is at the MFA through June 15.

Was 'Robin Hood' The Best Play In Boston Over The Past Year?

April 17, 2014
Jordan Dean as Robin and Christina Bennett Lind as Marion in "The Heart of Robin Hood" at the American Repertory Theater. (Evgenia Eliseeva)

The show is one of three plays garnering the most nominations in Boston’s annual Elliot Norton Awards for theater.

We Need Art To Help Us Think Better, Like It Says In Our State Constitution

April 10, 2014
Looking down from the glass-roofed atrium of the renovated Harvard Art Museums to the courtyard floor five stories below. (Greg Cook)

Why does the Massachusetts Constitution make it the “duty of legislatures and magistrates, in all future periods of this Commonwealth” to “cherish” Harvard and promote the arts?

Mitch Ryerson Is Carving Out The Future Of Playgrounds

April 07, 2014
Ryerson's climber at Cambridge's Alberico Park. (Romana Vysatova)

Ryerson speaks about his custom-built wooden play structures at the Malden Public Library on April 8.

Test Your Boston Music Knowledge: 5 Questions From Old South's Trivia Game

March 31, 2014
James Brown sings in Rome in 1988. (AP Photo/GF)

Hub music is the subject of the ninth annual “The Fife is Right” Boston history quiz show at Boston’s Old South Meeting House on April 2.

Photos: Trolls, Princesses, Lolitas And A Unicorn At 'Anime Boston'

March 22, 2014
An original orange wolf character (from left), Vinyl Scratch from “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” and Mightyena from “Pokemon.” (Greg Cook)

Photos from “Anime Boston,” the annual convention celebrating Japanese animation, comics, video games and pop culture.

The Sadness At The Heart Of Wes Anderson's Screwball 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

March 14, 2014
Ralph Fiennes as Gustave. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Anderson’s comedic characters marshal everything they’ve got just to keep their worlds from going to pieces—again.

First Look Inside Expanded Harvard Art Museums

March 12, 2014
Piano’s design preserves and restores the Fogg Museum’s Italian Renaissance-style Calderwood Courtyard, opening up arches along the arcade that had long been closed, while also extending the space upward with the addition of glass arcades on the upper three floors topped by a glass roof. But much of the rest of the interior was torn down to add 40 percent more gallery space in the combined Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums. (Greg Cook)

On Tuesday the university announced plans to reopen the complex on Nov. 16.

Prefer Your Bugs Fried, Roasted Or Mashed? Artist Offers Taste Of Food's Future

March 06, 2014
Crickets are sprinkled atop one of John Osorio-Buck's meals. (John Osorio-Buck)

“They kind of taste like a pumpkin seed or a sunflower seed,” artist John Osorio-Buck says. “They have this nutty flavor.”

MASS MoCA Plans To Double Its Size With $25.4 Million From State

March 06, 2014
Xu Bing's "Phoenix" on view in the football field-size gallery of MASS MoCA's signature Building 5 last summer. (Greg Cook)

Many credit the resurgence of North Adams over the past decade and a half to the museum.

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