Archive for April, 2011

State Street investigated for alleged fraud

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Boston financial firm State Street Corporation, which donated $10 million to the MFA in 2007 and so the MFA renamed its backdoor the “State Street Fenway Entrance,” is being investigated by Massachusetts officials over alleged financial fraud. Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin has been examining its foreign-exchange trades for two months, Bloomberg reports. Also, “State Street, the third-largest custody bank, has been sued by California and the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System for alleged fraud involving the pricing of some foreign-exchange transactions. California asserted in October 2009 that State Street defrauded the state’s two biggest public pension funds of $56 million since 2001. The state is seeking more than $200 million in damages and penalties.”

Max Mathews dies

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Max Mathews, “the father of computer music” and, of course, an MIT alum, has died at age 84. He wrote “the first program to make it possible for a computer to synthesize sound and play it back.”

Why did Emma Watson leave Brown?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Did “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson leave Brown because of teasing from classmates?

Why being nice to immigrants matters

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Another reason why being nice to immigrants matters: They bring economic growth and innovation, according to Richard Florida. He quotes Vivek Wadhwa: Immigrants “have started 52% of Silicon Valley’s technology companies and contributed to more than 25% of our global patents.”

Critic Robert Campbell interviewed

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

“Many critics function as consumer guides, helping you decide what book or film or concert or restaurant to visit,” says Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell. “Architecture criticism is very different. It tries, at its best, to stimulate and participate in a conversation about the environments we create for ourselves and how we could perhaps make them better.”

Masako Kamiya interviewed

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

“There is almost no image we cannot find on the digital screen,” says Masako Kamiya of Massachusetts. “And this puts hand-made painting in a unique place and viewing painting becomes a particular perceptive experience. Therefore, my objective is to make a painting that emphasizes active looking.”

Glenn Ligon attended RISD

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Did you know Glenn Ligon, whose retrospective is now on view at the Whitney, attended RISD?

Muth takes charge of NH Art Association

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Katharine Muth takes charge of NH Art Association.

Leah Brown’s fantastic art

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

RISD alum’s Leah Brown’s latest exhibition is based on “a fantastical story she says was relayed to her by two deer when she was about 6 years old. ‘When I was young, I had a hard time distinguishing dreams from reality, explains the artist, who also owns Fort Lauderdale’s 18 Rabbit Gallery. ‘My mother would tell you I was told [the story] in a dream.’”

Catalina Viejo paints the Celtics

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Medford’s Catalina Viejo on painting the Boston Celtics: “The crazier they look, the more fun they are to draw.”

Skowhegan students trespass

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Skowhegan students spend their time trespassing in an “abandoned spring house deep in the Maine woods.”

Andrew Moon Bain interviewed

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

What’s the biggest challenge about working in Rhode Island? Providence artist Andrew Moon Bain says: “Staying out of the bars and being distracted by the dark side.”

Man attacks ‘Piss Christ’

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Man smashes Andres Serrano’s “Immersion (Piss Christ)” with hammer at French museum.

Sculptures for Marine Industrial Park

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Maine sculptor C.R. Gray plans to carve a pair of giant stone lobster claws as an, ahem, lame metaphor for Boston “grabbing firmly onto its future,” the Boston Herald reports. He’s one of three New England artists who won a $10,000 contest to create sculptures for the municipally owned Marine Industrial Park in South Boston.

Interview with Suzannah Sinclair

Friday, April 15th, 2011

I like to look for different girlie magazines when I travel. It’s funny asking for them at flea markets. I get strange looks,” says Suzannah Sinclair, whose watercolors reproducing naked ladies from vintage porn are featured in the current Portland Museum of Art Biennial.

Ray Logan opens Marijuana State University

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Ray Logan opens Marijuana State University in Maine.

Frank Stella’s missing Boston painting

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Frank Stella, a native of Malden, Massachusetts, recalls finding a massive abstract painting of his that had seemingly disappeared at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston when his mom Constance was included in an exhibit of New England watercolorists at the bank.

Vegan magazine uses meat photos

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Has VegNews, the “premier magazine to focus on a vegetarian lifestyle,” been using meat photos to accompany its vegan recipes?

Did Culhane sneak experimental art into Woody Woodpecker cartoons

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Did animation director Shamus Culhane, a native of Ware, Massachusetts, sneak “ultra-brief experimental art films into a handful of Woody Woodpecker cartoons”?

Photographer, art critic and gay rights activist Paul McMahon dies

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Boston photographer, art critic and gay rights activist Paul McMahon dies at age 78.

UMass Dartmouth grad Qian Li exhibits

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

UMass Dartmouth grad Qian Li exhibits “a hellish bottomless pit, created with mirrors, that emits suffocating heat when you stick your head in for a quick look” in Cleveland.

Maya Lin chosen as architect for Novartis Cambridge project

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC, has been chosen to be the architect Novartis’s new campus in Cambridge.

Longtime Amherst Bulletin arts editor retiring

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Longtime Amherst Bulletin arts editor Bonnie Wells is retiring.

Art publications given to Manchester Institute

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH, has been given 2,900 photography books and magazines, valued at nearly $400,000, by photographer John Teti of North Sutton.

Harold Rotenberg dies at 105

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Harold Rotenberg, the last living co-founder of the Rockport Art Association in Massachusetts, died April 2 in Florida at age 105. His daughter Judi Rotenberg, who with her daughter Abigail Ross, ran Rotenberg Gallery on Boston’s Newbury Street for decades, is now president of the Rockport arts group.