Slavery in the Hands of Harvard is a small but remarkably effective look at the historical ties and intersections between the school and the varied institutions of slavery.
Robert Moeller is an artist, writer, and curator. His writing has appeared in Artnet, Afterimage, Big Red & Shiny, and Art New England. He lives in Somerville, MA.
A Winnie-the-Pooh Exhibition Blurs the Lines Between Art, Commerce, and Entertainment
The exhibition flounders in part simply because of the blatant application of its own commercial terms on the viewer, most especially, on children and their parents.
How and Why Art Became “Degenerate” in Nazi Germany
Narrated in Italian by actor Toni Servillo and directed by Claudio Poli, the film somewhat drowsily recounts the madness of the Nazi’s quest to first sanitize, and then steal the art of Europe.
How German Artists Rebuilt an Art Scene After World War II
This exhibition includes the work of nearly 50 artists all living and working under varying circumstances during World War II, and who all reemerged to begin reshaping German art after it ended.
A Pair of Curatorial Provocateurs Gets an Improbable Museum Survey
Triple Candie were, depending whom you ask, either subversive and brilliant or irrationally misguided.
The Distracting Whimsy of Nick Cave’s Sculptural Field
The decorative alchemy that should transform these objects into a stronger form of messaging falls flat.
The Enduring Power of Experimental Paintings from 1975
Working during a period when it was proclaimed from every quarter that painting was dead, Reed and a sizable New York cohort of like-minded artists carried on below the fray.
Stone and Steel Sculptures Tap into a Museum’s Industrial Roots
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nothing is a singular object here; everything is part of this place and its history.
Fragile Monuments to the Jar’s Ancient Form
BOSTON — What’s so interesting about Nicole Cherubini’s sculptural work might simply be just how impossible it is to (mentally) house it anywhere specifically.
Art as a Learning Process: The Legacy of Black Mountain College
BOSTON — Founded in 1933 by the classicist John Andrew Rice, Black Mountain College was a shoestring operation deep in the heart of the rural American South that opened as the Great Depression began and another World War loomed just over the horizon.
Looking Beyond the Obvious in Lisa Yuskavage’s Mighty Paintings
WALTHAM, Mass. — At root, Lisa Yuskavage is a portraitist. And while detractors still summon up the provocations in her work, focusing on the perkily carved breasts and openly displayed genitalia, those aspects are only a single, thin veneer atop the subjects she paints.
Island-Hopping for Art in Boston Harbor
BOSTON — As the ferry chugs away from Long Wharf and drifts out into the open water of Boston Harbor, one is reminded that it was the ocean trade that defined the roots of this old American city.