Ambergris and Alchemy

June 19, 2016


  Ambergris and Alchemy: A Pilgrimage to John Singer Sargent’s Fumée d’Ambre Gris.   By Grace Dane Mazur. I. In the Museum: Flitting vs. Grazing In the art museum I used to dart like a bee, flitting from one enticement to the next, sipping visual nectar, hoping for that magical transformation that turns the assorted […]

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Gods in the Gallery: A visit to the Museum of Russian Icons

October 3, 2012


  A few days ago a huge statue of Juno descended through a skylight at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The curator of Greek and Roman Art commented, “As in ancient Rome, MFA visitors will be awestruck by the physical presence of the gods and the power of the empire…We are delighted to welcome […]

Wendy Artin: Translating Marble onto Paper

September 17, 2012


THE PARTHENON FRIEZES.  WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS by WENDY ARTIN. At Gurari Collections,  460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA.  Through January 1, 2012. Mastery and Beauty. Interesting art is everywhere these days–heartbreaking art, art that changes the way we look at the world. Concern with beauty, though, is rare. Utter mastery is rare. This exhibition is a breathtaking […]

Flowers as the Work Table for the Imagination

August 11, 2012


GLOBAL FLORA: BOTANICAL IMAGERY AND EXPLORATION The Davis Museum at Wellesley College October 19, 2011 – January 15, 2012 What is it with flowers, anyway? This beautifully curated exhibition links the history of botanical imagery with early adventurers and with contemporary effects of globalization. What is it with gardens? When we go to the ends […]

On Pete Baker and her Gardens

July 29, 2012


Pete Baker and her Gardens (Memorial Service, Friends Meeting House, Westport Massachusetts. July 28, 2012) Many of you knew Pete when she made her first vegetable garden at 670 Drift Road. I didn’t know her then, but Geraldine says: the previous owner had graveled the space, so that Pete had to start by making her own […]

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Emotion, Time, and Eros

June 5, 2012


Emotion, Time, and Eros in the Work of Damon Lehrer and Rick Berry. Comparing Rick Berry’s energetic and sometimes frenzied canvasses with Damon Lehrer’s exquisitely rendered and contemplative work made me wonder about the expressionist style in general. By this I mean that artistic terrain where the passions, vehemence, or ferocity of the artist so […]

The Strange Beauty of Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge

June 4, 2012



The Strange Beauty of Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge. On exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of the Harvard Art Museums Fall, 2011.      Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe examines how celebrated Northern Renaissance artists contributed to the scientific investigations of the 16th century. The exhibition and its […]

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