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Made in New England: The 2013 deCordova Biennial

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Stashed away in the tony suburbs just west of Boston, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and its engagement with the wider, grittier world outside its gates has sometimes been called into question. But the museum has begun focusing its attention every two years on local artists of New England — six states by last count if you include the parts of Connecticut where there are unharmed Red Sox fans.

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Drawing the Grotesque Violence of Daily Life in Juárez

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Raúl Gonzalez was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up going back and forth between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, México. Juárez was, for a time, one of the most violent cities in the world. Drug cartel violence killed thousands while hundreds of women were abducted and murdered, or simply disappeared. Few of these crimes were ever solved, and at times the Mexican Army was brought in to Juárez in an effort to restore order. Against this backdrop, Gonzalez has created a series of 101 drawings called Los Nuevos Guerreros (The New Warriors) that explores the inhabitants of Juárez.