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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.

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For Mardi Gras, The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Brings A Taste Of New Orleans Here

February 05, 2016
The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble performing at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts last summer. (Glenn Kulbako)

After a number of years playing Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Boston “improvisational second line brass band” brings that authentic sound here.

After Devastating Tornado, Somerville Artist Sculpts Gargoyles For Rebuilt Church

January 27, 2016
One of Danielle Krcmar’s gargoyles at St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Ridgway, Illinois. (Courtesy of Danielle Krcmar)

How does one become a sculptor of church gargoyles in the 21st century?

Build A Giant Horse — And Other Ways Art And Business Can Partner To Enliven Cities

January 19, 2016
A rendering of the "White Horse" -- Mark Wallinger's proposed art piece for Kent, England. (Courtesy of Futurecity)

“It’s not art for art’s sake,” says Mark Davy of the “placemaking agency” Futurecity. “It’s about the arts acting as a sort of trigger, as an agitator for something else.”

Bostonian Wins Caldecott Honor For Biography Of Civil Rights Hero Fannie Lou Hamer

January 16, 2016
“Voice of Freedom.” Text copyright © 2015 by Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Ekua Holmes. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, Mass. (Courtesy of Candlewick Press)

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.”

Were Those Black 'Servants' In Dutch Old Master Paintings Actually Slaves?

January 15, 2016
Detail of Jan Verkolje, "Johan de la Faille," 1674, Oil on copper, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1982.36. (Courtesy of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art)

A mystery in the Museum of Fine Arts exhibit “Class Distinctions”: Who were those black men in the 350-year-old Dutch paintings?

13 Art Exhibitions To See This Winter

January 13, 2016
Anila Quayyum Agha, “Intersections,” 2012. (Courtesy of the artist)

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.

Photos: This Is What It Looks Like When Salem Sets 1,000 Christmas Trees Ablaze

January 07, 2016
A firefighter throws a tree onto Salem's Christmas tree bonfire. (Greg Cook)

The town of Newbury holds its own Christmas tree bonfire on Jan. 9.

From Strandbeests To 'Renoir Sucks': The Best Art Around Boston In 2015

December 28, 2015
JR’s giant photo-mural of a person on a raft on the side of the the former John Hancock building. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The most exciting thing about art around Boston in 2015 was how it broke out of museum walls and took to the streets.

Boston Artist Makes Greeting Cards For The Maybe Special Person In Your Life

December 23, 2015
Tim McCool's set of "General Greetings and/or Possibly Thank You Cards." (Courtesy of Tim McCool)

The perfect ambivalent card for that person you Facebook “like.”

Where To See The Best Christmas Lights Around Boston

December 18, 2015
Arthur Street, Danvers. (Greg Cook/WBUR)

Our illustrated guide to where to find your holiday glow from Attleboro to Waltham to Danvers.

Mush! Human Dog Sled Racing At Lowell ‘WinterFest’

February 24, 2013
The Uppercut Landscaping human dog sled team. (Greg Cook)

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)

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)

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)

“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)

“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

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)

“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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