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Graffiti artist JR's mural on the side of the former John Hancock building. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Graffiti artist JR's mural on the side of the former John Hancock building. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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2015 was a great year to be an art admirer in Boston. Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee joins us to talk about the highlights. Here are some of Sebastian Smee's favorites, and a few extra Radio Boston favorites:

  1. Public art installations like Janet Echelman's string sculpture and JR's very visible graffiti mural.
  2. The stumbling, whimsical 'Strandbeests' at the Peabody Essex Museum.
  3. Normal Rockwell Museum's exhibit on the cartoon artist Roz Chast.
  4. The Museum of Fine Arts had two notable visiting exhibits--one on Katsushika Hokusai and the other on the Dutch masters.
  5. The Institute of Contemporary Art pulled out all the stops with an exhibit on Black Mountain College artists.
  6.  Harvard Art Museums compiled a retrospective of Corita Kent's work.
  7. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum took us back to the 15th century with a look at Carlo Crivelli.

Guest

Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for The Boston Globe. He tweets @SebastianSmee.

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This segment aired on December 23, 2015.

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