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Theater & art

Art Review

Images speaking of desire and fear at the ICA

Steve Locke paints guys sticking out their tongues. Some of them seem to be concentrating intently; others mock, one or two appear comically erotic. Some may be following that classic doctor’s directive.

Locke, a Boston artist, has his first solo museum show up now at the Institute of Contemporary Art. On first pass, his works come across as puckish — some made me laugh out loud — but “Steve Locke: there is no one left to blame” only incidentally uses humor to explore topics that cut to the quick of what it means to be a man.

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