Visual Arts

City Wide Open Studios Brings Its A-“Game”

by Brian Slattery | Sep 21, 2016 8:17 am | Comments (2)

Artist Bob Gregson wore an enormous yellow foam puzzle piece around his waist to Barcade on Orange Street Tuesday afternoon. Next to him, reporter Cassandra Basler of WSHU wore a similar blue puzzle piece.

“We have to decide which area we’re going to connect,” Gregson said. They chose the corner of Basler’s piece, which, with some encouragement from Gregson, fit into the side of Gregson’s piece.

“That was part of the design of it,” Gregson said. “How would we connect?”

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Art In Back, Music In Front At 3 Sheets

by Sophie Haigney | Sep 16, 2016 12:02 pm

The back room at Three Sheets buzzed as people played pool, drank craft beer and $3 Narragansetts, and looked at two series of newly-hung photographs. One one wall, there was a series of framed portraits, mostly black and white: a man in a pea coat crossing the street, a bearded older man in Egypt. On the other were smaller snapshots, mostly of landscapes, urban and rural — but only slices of them, framed by a dashboard or the top of a table.

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YCBA Investigates The Truthiness Of Cannon Fire

by Allan Appel | Sep 14, 2016 8:26 am | Comments (1)

Yale Center for British Art Photo. “Make me standing about the 3[rd] rowlock and three men in the bow wounded and one killed. One fellow striking me with oar, another trying to bayonet me.”

That’s how one young officer in His Majesty’s Navy — who later became arctic explorer Sir John Ross — asked artist Nicholas Pocock to portray him in a sketch for a painting illustrating the 1805 battle in which he had been wounded.

True? False? Or somewhere in between, in the self-aggrandizing manner of a constructed story?

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Rebellion Revealed

by Allan Appel | Sep 12, 2016 11:06 am

Official exhibition logoHalf the students studying at Yale in 1830 were summarily expelled for one grievous, not-to-be-tolerated offense: They refused to accept or use the blackboard — the new technology that was being introduced to teach math. That event — the biggest student revolt that Yale had experienced to date — went down in history as The Conic Sections Rebellion.

That fact emerges in “An American Orientalist: the Life and Legacy of Edward E. Salisbury (1814-1901),” a fascinating new exhibition in the memorabilia room of Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library.

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