Boston Sculptures Gallery has launched their first outdoor art exhibit called, Convergence, at the Christian Science Plaza. Although the exhibit formerly opens today, some sculptures have been on display for several weeks. This free exhibit open to the public will run through the end of October.
For more information visit the exhibit’s blog, convergenceexhibit.blogspot.com.
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Boston) is a fantastic local museum that is located on the water in the heart of the Seaport District.
Each Thursday evening The ICA Boston is free from 5 – 9pm. The ICA is currently exhibiting San Francisco graffiti artist, Barry McGee. More about the ICA Boston here.
Every Thursday from 5-9PM The ICA Boston is Free
Ohio-based artist, Paul Richmond, is currently being featured on HuffPost’s Gay News section here. Putting a twist on gender stereotypes with his “Cheesecake Boys” series Richmond depicts men in roles traditionally portrayed by women. Among those images featured is this cute rendition of Albany-based blogger and part-time Bostonian, Alan Ilagan. Is that Ptown or Ogunquit Alan?
I love the colors and depictions that gives a nod to early and mid 20th century pin-up artwork. You can see the other depictions from Paul Richmond and read about this talented artist, here.
The city of Boston has so many events going on Sunday one’s head could spin trying to see and do everything. However, if you end up in or near the South End, in addition to the Oyster Festival and the SoWa Open Market, from 11AM to 6PM on Sunday is the SoWa Art Walk. If you’ve never attended, come down and check it out; support the local art scene – I think you’ll be impressed.
More information here, www.sowaartwalk.com.
This art installation made of drawing marker and wire by Hamburg based Turkish artist Sakir Gökçebag made me laugh. I’m of the mindset that if an installation can evoke an emotional response or foster dialog there is probably merit to it even if you don’t always understand or appreciate it. I have to say I completely understand this and appreciate it. I’ve often said one of the best things about being a guy is being able to pee standing up.
Source: We Waste Time blog
Not sure if you’ve seen this video clip, but apparently students in Tralee, Ireland have dubbed scenes from Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction in a Kerry accent. I love it when Vince (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) say “royale with cheese” in the Kerry accent, it is absolutely hilarious.
Game of Thrones Season 3 starts at the end of March and CinestirTV has created a masterful mash up video called “The Princess Bride Promo”.
I’ll admit I’m hooked on this HBO series, and i am looking forward to the third season. I would also rank Reiner’s fantasy parody, The Princess Bride as an all time personal favorite movie so I couldn’t resist sharing this when I found it. Enjoy the mash up.
On a related note, a talented friend of mine here in Boston has created his own mash up video of the movies, Mean Girls and Evil Dead. I love his write up about the video. “When the queen bee’s reign is threatened by the new girl in school, Mia’s (Regina George) plan of attack turns sour when the Burn Book unleashes something far more sinister.”
Check out Dejan’s mash up video here.
Pick up the current issue of The Improper Bostonian’s “Spring Arts Preview”. Starting on p. 49 is Jonathan Soroff’s article, Unsung Heroes, that spotlights Boston’s local performing arts scene.
The article opens “Bostonians are spoiled. A world-class orchestra playing in one of only three acoustically perfect concert halls in the world. An equally excellent ballet. Then there are the New England and Boston conservatories, the A.R.T. and the Huntington, free Shakespeare on the Common, the Celebrity Series and pre-Broadway runs at the Shubert, the Colonial, the Cutler Majestic…”
I like his boasts, but even like his article more. It provides glimpses into ten of Boston’s performing arts organizations that are often overlooked but very worth checking out.
They Might Be Giants (TMBG) may be the last indie rock band I started listening to in high school / college that is still recording and touring. Best known for classics like Birdhouse in Your Soul and Istanbul (Not Constantinople), the band is currently touring to promote their newest album, Nanobots - now out on iTunes. They will be returning to play in Boston on Wednesday and Thursday, April 3rd and 4th at the Paradise Rock Club.
They Might Be Giants Tickets April 3 – At Paradise Rock Club Boston
They Might Be Giants Tickets April 4 – At Paradise Rock Club Boston
Did you know that the MFA Boston is open and free to the public each Wednesday, after 4pm?
If the holiday season put a dent in your wallet, this is a very affordable way to get out after work to meet with friends. Note that the this will also be the last Wednesday before the Testino exhibit closes on Feb. 3rd.
The ICA Boston is free each Thursday from 5 – 9pm.
The ICA which stands for Institute of Contemporary Art is a fantastic local museum that is in the Seaport District.
No matter how much money you spent last month and no matter how steep your credit card statement, the ICA Boston has made it easy for you to plan a fun evening out for a date or with friends.
Every Thursday from 5-9PM The ICA Boston is Free
If you have not been to the museum recently, note they have a fantastic exhibit called This will have been: Art, Love and Politics in the 1980s.
More about the ICA Boston here.
Drawing by Diego Fazio
I stumbled upon this amazing drawing (you read that correctly) on BuzzFeed. Diego Fazio is a 22 year old self-taught artist living in Italy who began his career designing tattoos. He has perfected his photorealism technique over a period of several years to make his drawings appear as photographs. I would love to see an exhibit of his work here in Boston.
There are a few more of his works here, but note the site is in Italian.
I really love visiting cities that have interesting public art. A post from Bored Panda features 30 large scale street murals in cities all over the world, including the mural in Boston by the Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo shown above. Want to see what other murals were featured or suggest one in the comments section? Read more here.
Maxine Blomberg is an artist living in Boston who I became friendly with a few years ago when she started working at the neighborhood cafe, Green Light.
Each week at the Green Light Cafe Maxine creates new chalk art on a chalk board by the register. I really like her unique style and each week look forward to seeing her illustrations at the cafe. Her employer, The Aquitaine Group, recognized her talent as well and has encouraged her artistic illustrations. They asked her to create a replication of the Trevi Fountain all in chalk for their new restaurant, Cinquecento, a Roman-inspired trattoria. You can check out the chalk art, which is on display at the trendy new South End restaurant, or you may visit Green Light Cafe to see her weekly creations. Under the Cinquecento chalk drawing I have included a video my other half created that includes nearly all of her 2012 chalk board images from The Green Light Cafe. Maxine’s first love is working with sculpture and headdresses which you can see some of on her website, enixvw.wordpress.com.
Cinquecento Mural by Maxinne Blomberg
2012 Maxine Blomberg Chalk Art Montage
Year in rewind: BosGuy’s favorite posts from 2012
This year Boston’s museum, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), invited two Brazilian street artists to Boston to feature their work in their first showing in the US. They also commissioned this public art installation in downtown near my office. This was originally posted in September 2012.
My enthusiasm for public art and funding these initiatives is not always shared, but I think commissioning public art installations is essential to any city and community. So I was thrilled to see the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA-Boston) have two famous street artists from Brazil create larger than life murals in the city of Boston.
Os Gemos – identical twin brothers and street artists from Brazil – are currently hosting their first museum show in the United States at the ICA-Boston. While the show is here in Boston this large temporary mural will dominate Dewey Square in Boston’s financial district.
You may read more about the installation and view a slide show of the creation of the mural as well as the show at the ICA-Boston here.