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DJ Spooky Launches Gwarlingo Salon with The Imaginary App

By |04.09.15|


On August 5, 2008 a new app called I Am Rich appeared in Apple’s App Store. The app, created by Armin Heinrich, cost $999.99 and was a “work of art with no hidden function at all.” Instead, the app’s icon, […]

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Art Meets the Monsters: Grimm’s Tales Through the Looking Glass

By |10.19.14|



Murder. Infanticide. Mutilation. Incest. While true love intermittently raises its pretty head, Grimm’s fairy tales are far darker than the Disneyfied versions so many of us know. And yet these folk tales, collected by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm […]

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Sounds Like a Masterpiece: The 1st Contemporary Artwork at the Cloisters

By |10.27.13|


Janet Cardiff’s sound installation The Forty Part Motet, currently on view at the Cloisters in New York City through December 8th, is a rarity—a revelatory work of art that can inspire busy museum-goers to stop, listen deeply, and even […]

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Installation view: James Turrell, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 21–September 25, 2013
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James Turrell’s Ambitious Light Installation Leaves Wright’s Guggenheim in the Dark

By |09.05.13|


“My art deals with light itself,” says 70-year-old artist James Turrell. “It’s not the bearer of the revelation—it is the revelation.”

While frequently lumped together with minimalist artists Robert Irwin and Dan Flavin in the art-history canon, Turrell has not had a major […]

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Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours: A Film With Big Ideas and Small Details

By |07.18.13|


There are times when art criticism can illuminate a specific art work—expand on it, put it into context, or communicate details too easily overlooked. But there are other cases when a given art work, film, book, or piece of music […]

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Solid Sound 2013: Wilco’s Music & Art Festival

By |07.01.13|


Last weekend around 8,000 festival-goers gathered at Mass MoCA under the supermoon to participate in Wilco’s sold-out Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts. Attendees come from 43 states and 18 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Denmark, […]

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Pink Slips, Paper Robes, & The Invisible Man: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art

By |06.20.13|



A few weeks ago I had a chance to see Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont. It was photographer Liu Bolin’s The Invisible Man series that compelled me to […]

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Outsiders No More: An Exceptional Collection of Outsider Art Will Have a New Home in Philadelphia

By |05.30.13|

“I painted pictures in the gutter,” the African-American artist Purvis Young once remarked, “and they wind up in mansions.”

Purvis Young never attended high school and began experimenting with art when he was in jail for a breaking-and-entering charge. After his […]

  • A page from Tom Phillips' artist-book masterpiece A Humument, now on view at Mass MoCA (Photo © Tom Phillips)

Wilco, Ruscha, Sondheim,Tom Phillips, Xu Bing & More: 11 Don’t-Miss Arts Events

By |05.17.13|



The summer art scene in New England presents a special challenge. On the one hand there is almost too much going on, particularly with outdoor events. And yet it’s not the season when we can expect the best films or […]

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  • Joseph Keckler will perform his new work I Am An Opera at Dixon Place in New York during the month of April. (Photo by Gian Maria Annovi courtesy the artist)

Gwarlingo Artists in the News: André Gregory & Cindy Kleine, Sam Green & Jem Cohen, & Joseph Keckler’s “I Am An Opera”

By |04.11.13|



Few things are as fulfilling as seeing a large, creative project finally reach completion. For many artists, finishing can be as difficult as starting. Artists often toil away for months, even years on a project with no reassurance that the […]

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The Cleveland Art Scene: Be Prepared to Be Surprised

By |04.04.13|



As New York artists search for the next affordable, urban frontier in Bushwick and Queens, a renaissance of sorts is taking place in the most unlikely of cities: Cleveland, Ohio. Perhaps the city’s motto should be Cleveland: It’s Not What […]

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Sonic Artist Bruce Odland: Money Makes Noise, A Water Tank Creates Art

By |03.21.13|



Is there a connection between noise and money?  Which sounds are healing to us as humans, and which are damaging? And what does an abandoned water tank in Colorado have in common with the Taj Mahal or a Gothic cathedral?

These […]

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Boston Ballet & Jirí Kylián: Bring An Open Mind, Readiness for Adventure, & Time

By |03.14.13|



Last week the Boston Ballet kicked off its spring season at the Boston Opera House with three works by Czechoslovakian choreographer Jirí Kylián. Born in Prague, Kylián trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and the Prague Conservatory. His choreographic career started […]

  • Sam Green narrating his live documentary The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

Envisioning the Future with Yo La Tengo, R. Buckminster Fuller, & Sam Green

By |01.23.13|



“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process—an integral function of the […]

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This photo was taken on September 9, 2008 in Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, DK.

Gwarlingo “Sells Out”…To You

By |12.05.12|



You’re curious. Open-minded. Creative. You’re an artist or arts lover who isn’t afraid to be challenged.

Gwarlingo, like the arts in general, is about seeing the world in a way we’ve never seen before. Whether it’s through poetry, film, visual art, […]

  • "When I was in school, the only people who were doing improv were jazz players, and the jazz world and the classical worlds never met." (Photo: Pianist Teresa McCollough. Image courtesy the artist)

192 Pieces of Music for 192 Countries in 192 Days in Honor of the United Nations

By |10.24.12|



This drawing may look like a maze or an artist’s sketch, but it’s actually a musical score created by Emmy-award-winning composer Steve Heitzeg.

A few years ago pianist Teresa McCollough received a surprise gift in the mail from Heitzeg: 192 scores […]

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Writer Christian McEwen on Creativity and Slowing Down

By |09.26.12|


Every day we’re faced with the decision of how and where to focus our attention. Sustained attention may be the most endangered resource in our modern age. We often forget that we have a choice about how we […]

  • Tatzu Nishi's public art installation, Discovering Columbus, opened in New York City on Thursday. Here the artist is pictured with Gaetano Russo's DATE sculpture. (Photo by Tom Powel courtesy the Public Art Fund)

Tatzu Nishi Builds Christopher Columbus a Living Room in the Sky: Exclusive Photos

By |09.21.12|



Last week I featured Tatzu Nishi’s Discovering Columbus on my Don’t Miss List for September. Two New Hampshire friends, who were on their way to Manhattan this weekend, asked me to recommend the one thing they shouldn’t miss during their […]

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Art On the Radar : Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List for September

By |09.14.12|


The invitations, event notices, emails, and review copies are pouring in. The fall arts season has officially arrived. If only I could clone myself, then perhaps, I’d have a chance of catching even a handful of these concerts, openings, and […]

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Obsession & Empathy: Nan Goldin, Michael Chabon, & A Home for Indigent Bohemians

By |08.31.12|


Two weeks ago, artists and art lovers converged on the quiet town of Peterborough, New Hampshire, for a chance to meet some of the most talented contemporary artists working today. Each August the famed MacDowell Colony opens its doors to […]


Being André Gregory : Before and After Dinner

By |08.08.12|



We gathered around André Gregory like children eagerly assembling around the librarian for story hour. André perched in a picture window inside Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels’ fashionable Tribeca apartment. Behind him, the sun was setting over the Hudson River. On the […]

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Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

By |08.03.12|


A few weeks ago I had a chance to meet writers Matthew Zapruder and Amy Hempel for the first time. The event was part of a reading series at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, an annual summer workshop at the […]

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Christian Marclay’s The Clock: Does the 24-Hour Artwork Live Up to the Hype?

By |07.27.12|



(NOTE: This review is from the summer of 2012. Marclay’s The Clock is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City through January 21, 2013, with a special 24-hour screening on New Year’s Eve. For more […]

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Receipts, Email, Bread Tags, Styrofoam : Rachel Perry Welty Transforms Life’s Daily Clutter into Art

By |07.12.12|




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Every artist must work within certain limitations, and these limitations come in a variety of forms. It could be financial restraints, a lack of free time, […]

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Learning to Look : Whistler, Fireworks, and a New Way of Seeing

By |07.04.12|


I’ll never forget the first time I saw James McNeill Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold. I was still in high school when I stumbled across the painting in an art history book and was immediately stunned. I […]