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.
After a number of years playing Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Boston “improvisational second line brass band” brings that authentic sound here.
How does one become a sculptor of church gargoyles in the 21st century?
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Roxbury artist Ekua Holmes describes “Voice of Freedom” as: “How one little girl understood something was wrong at a very young age and she looked for opportunities throughout her life to make things right.”
A mystery in the Museum of Fine Arts exhibit “Class Distinctions”: Who were those black men in the 350-year-old Dutch paintings?
Weirdo taxidermy, Russian nesting dolls and triplet sisters-turned-performance artists are just some of the art you can see at local galleries and museums.
The town of Newbury holds its own Christmas tree bonfire on Jan. 9.
The most exciting thing about art around Boston in 2015 was how it broke out of museum walls and took to the streets.
The perfect ambivalent card for that person you Facebook “like.”
Our illustrated guide to where to find your holiday glow from Attleboro to Waltham to Danvers.
It’s sort of like regular dogsled races. Except instead of dogs, four people strap on harnesses to pull sleds.
How to financially sustain existing cultural institutions in an ever more technological world?
Check out video of five harpists performing a Michael Jackson medley.
The Commonwealth Awards honor contributions the arts, humanities, and sciences.
Cézanne “very much looks forward to the experiments of the next generation of painters,” says Museum of Fine Arts Assistant Curator Emily Beeny.
“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.”
“We’re not pooh-poohing urban centers,” says Modern Times Theater puppeteer Justin Lander. “We’re promoting a different pace.”
The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded $127,500 to individual artists and writers active in crafts, dramatic writing, and sculpture and installation.
“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.”
Bassist Peter Hook shares his memories of the band in his new book “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division.”