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Slideshow: Marcel Breuer at RISD

"Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture" at RISD Museum through July 19
The RISD Museum presents "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture," a major retrospective of the late Bauhaus designer's furniture and buildings, through July 19.

The Chair Man

A major Breuer retrospective opens at RISD
It is one of the icons of 20th-century design. What distinguishes Marcel Breuer's B34 armchair from 1928 is its materials (fabric seats slung between steel tubing) and the lack of rear legs.
By GREG COOK  |  April 27, 2009

Interview: T. C. Boyle

On The Women and Frank Lloyd Wright
Among his many fictionalizations of the American past, novelist T.C. Boyle has remade such real-life characters as the inventor of cornflakes, John Harvey Kellogg ( The Road to Wellville , 1993), and sexual behaviorist Alfred Kinsey ( The Inner Circle , 2004).
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 03, 2009


Unimaginative erotic thriller
Director Marcel Langenegger has a way with a nocturnal urban landscape, but his feature debut goes splat on the pavement.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 30, 2008

Hearts of glass

California cool at the Addison Gallery
In the photo it is night, and two women in cocktail dresses sit — perhaps chatting while jazz plays in the background — in a spare modern living room.
By GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2008

Your history

‘Impermanence’ at the Essex Art Center, ‘Two Chinas’ at WAM, Renée Green at the Carpenter Center, and Feminism at the MFA
For a building, inclusion on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered list is a mixed blessing.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 26, 2008

Everyday use

Rethinking design at the ICA, and City Hall at Pinkcomma Gallery
Two new exhibits take design — the familiar background of our daily lives — and give it immediacy in a gallery setting.
By DAVID EISEN  |  October 10, 2007

Common ground

Ann Patchett’s Boston allegory
Like the American naturalists of the last century, Ann Patchett examines race and class in her new novel, Run .
By DANA KLETTER  |  September 18, 2007

Edifice complex

Tom Menino has already remade Boston’s skyline. Now he wants to pack up City Hall and move it to Southie. Can anyone stop him?
You’re Boston Mayor Tom Menino, preparing to address the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on a chilly morning in December 2006.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 02, 2007

Drawing connections

Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s work at the PMA
The Portland Museum of Art’s challenge in presenting an architectural exhibition is akin to the finger that points to the moon.
By IAN PAIGE  |  July 11, 2007

Best buildings

Traveling with architecture
Most travel guides are little more than lists of colorless places in which to waste your money and sanitized tourist traps in which to waste your time.
By DAVID EISEN  |  April 10, 2007


A contrarian view of the new ICA
I waited in a crowd for two hours before finally getting into Boston’s new Institute of Contemporary Art on opening day, December 10. Just then a mother rushed out the door, telling her husband and their four little girls, “They say another hour.”
By GREG COOK  |  January 17, 2007

Truce offers hope for preserving Pawtucket train station

Outside Providence
For decades, the Beaux Arts train station has sat idle on the Pawtucket-Central Falls line, a reminder of a bygone era of more elegant transportation.
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 20, 2006

Technopolis lost

A development dream that didn’t come true
It was a grand vision. Maybe even a noble one. “TECHNOPOLIS.”
By MARTY D. WOLFAND  |  December 06, 2006

Making their mark

The Phoenix gets out the red pen and grades 10 local campuses’ most daring experiments in modern architecture
Universities need their ivy-covered red-brick towers and classical stone porticoes to remind students of their roots in the past.
By DAVID EISEN  |  October 23, 2006

Life is a highway

‘Lost Highway Expedition Symposium’ at MIT; ‘Inspired by China’ at the Peabody Essex  
In August 2006, more than 200 artists, architects, and assorted citizens of the world traversed the former Yugoslavia’s former Highway of Brotherhood and Unity, exploring the cultural and urban landscape of nine cities in the Western Balkans as an experimental, temporary society.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  October 17, 2006


Sharon Lockhart’s ‘Pine Flat’ at Harvard, Frank Gehry and Matthew Barney Films at the MFA
Childhood in America comes under the artist’s gaze in Pine Flat , the fifth film by Sharon Lockhart, and it’s examined with precision and attention to detail.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 17, 2006

Design time

Mitchell Rasor on Percy Cycles, the Eastern Waterfront, and the contemporary city
Mitchell Rasor is changing the way your city looks.
By IAN PAIGE  |  August 09, 2006

Learning by doing

Karen Schmeer, Sidney Pollack, Frank Gehry
The way kids say, “I wanna be an astronaut, I wanna be a fireman,” Cambridge’s Karen Schmeer insisted, “I can be a film editor.”
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 23, 2006

Who wants to be Tony Millionaire?

Drunk on cheap beer and india ink, a Gloucester artist’s creatures are ready for their close-up
Tony Millionaire’s working habits are monastic.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 12, 2006

Built to move

Flexible dwelling at the ICA, James Surls at the DeCordova
The Institute of Contemporary Art, clearly in a nomadic frame of mind as it gears up for its own move to a new building on the Boston waterfront next fall, looks at the surprisingly long history of adaptability in domestic design.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 19, 2006

Our town

‘Architects on Film’ at the MFA
After living through decades of Big Dig construction and disruption, the average Bostonian has developed a keener design knowledge and sensitivity.
By MARK FAVERMAN  |  January 19, 2006

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