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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:
- Public art installations like Janet Echelman's string sculpture and JR's very visible graffiti mural.
- The stumbling, whimsical 'Strandbeests' at the Peabody Essex Museum.
- Normal Rockwell Museum's exhibit on the cartoon artist Roz Chast.
- The Museum of Fine Arts had two notable visiting exhibits--one on Katsushika Hokusai and the other on the Dutch masters.
- The Institute of Contemporary Art pulled out all the stops with an exhibit on Black Mountain College artists.
- Harvard Art Museums compiled a retrospective of Corita Kent's work.
- The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum took us back to the 15th century with a look at Carlo Crivelli.
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- "So what do these resignations mean for Boston’s arts community, and what have these directors taught us about what it takes to lead a major arts institution in the 21st century?"
- "New England is a special habitat for museums, writes Sebastian Smee, art critic for The Boston Globe. Many of Boston’s museums boast interactive exhibits and heavily-curated shows... Sebastian Smee asks whether museums are going too far — overwhelming the viewer with information and burying the original context of the art itself."
This segment aired on December 23, 2015.
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