Violence and verve, on view at the ICA

There’s a continuum of carnage in Huma Bhabha’s artwork. It’s also exuberant, dynamic, and playfully alive.

Yayoi Kusama pictured with her work LOVE IS CALLING, 2013 during her solo exhibition I Who Have Arrived In Heaven at David Zwirner, New York, 2013. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice


ICA announces details of Yayoi Kusama exhibition

The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston will present Yayoi Kusama’s “LOVE IS CALLING” starting Sept. 24, according to ICA director Jill Medvedow. 

Robert Gentile said Monday, on the 29th anniversary of the Gardner art heist, that he knows nothing about the theft.

Conn. man linked to Gardner theft is freed from prison

Robert Gentile maintained Monday that he knows nothing about the still-unsolved theft from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The heist took place 29 years ago today.

Stills from “Effluxion” by Wenjing Zhang of Sacred Heart School.

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For Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners, challenging times inspire bright ideas

More than 3,000 works won Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

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A fresh view of the Caribbean, beyond the sunshine daydreams

A show at the Portland Museum of Art captures the complexities not visible in tourist brochures.

Critic’s notebook

Ruskin at 200: a Victorian genius and his art

A very eminent Victorian remains a force for how we understand art and society.

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The Weekender: Frightening ‘Us,’ funny ballet, Phish-y music

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Happy Place, the ‘most Instagrammable pop-up in America,’ is coming to Boston

Happy Place, a pop-up exhibit known for being the perfect place to take selfies, will take up in the former Marshalls space in the Back Bay in April.

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“Home” by Siddharth Choudhary.


Colorful artworks capture home, from Mumbai to Massachusetts

Siddharth Choudhary, who grew up in India, creates punchy digital drawings that reflect how places intersect in our psyches.

Vik Muniz’s “Sarah Bernhardt.”

Art Review

The plastic fantastic, in two art exhibits

From the heartbreaking to the holy, “Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials” and “Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane” explore the medium.

Stage Review

Alessandro Sciarroni juggles time at the ICA

His “UNTITLED_I will be there when you die” deploys four jugglers in a perpetual-motion meditation where time never stops; neither do the performers.

Huma Bhabha, Four Nights of a Dreamer, 2018.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of March 18-24

Huma Bhabha: They Live sculptural exhibit at the ICA, a bike travel film festival in Arlington, Maker Supply Market, and more.

FILE - In this June 2, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande performs at Wango Tango in Los Angeles. Grande will return with a new tour in 2019 nearly two years after a terrorist attack during her concert in the United Kingdom. Grande announced Friday, Oct. 26, that her 42-date Sweetener World Tour will kick off March 18 in Albany, N.Y. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

A production still from Matthew Barney’s “Redoubt.”

Art Review

With ‘Redoubt,’ a cosmic reset button for Matthew Barney

The film, more than two hours of dialogue-free loose narrative, is a sparse paean to the Sawtooth mountain range, the big nature of the artist’s youth.

My Instagram: Julia Emiliani

A Wayfair illustrator, Julia Emiliani combines design with more traditional artistic elements to make her work pop.

for Antiques 04/05 - Purchased for only $10 at a Southern California antiques shop in the early 1970s, this vintage movie poster for the MGM 1932 cult classic,

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Believe it or not, cartoonist Bill Griffith says, ‘Zippy the Pinhead’ was based on a real person

The cartoonist’s classic character was inspired by a man named Schlitzie Surtees.

Boston, MA - 3/15/2018 - Vocalist Al Barr performs with Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues in Boston. (Ben Stas for The Boston Globe)

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The Weekender: Dropkicks (and left hooks), prowling bros, and a rising son

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Photography review

Questions of identity — public, personal, and beyond

A review of photography shows at City Hall and at Lesley University, in Cambridge.

Chanel Thervil’s “Enigma: Reactions to Racism” at Urbano Project


In ‘Enigma,’ reactions to racism make for a vibrant, sobering show

Painter Chanel Thervil interviewed millennials about their experiences of racism, and her mixed-media installations orbit around their portraits.

Kara Walker, U.S.A. Idioms, 2017. Collage of Sumi ink and graphite on cut newspaper on gessoed white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, 2017.220. © Kara Walker. Photo: Harvard Art Museums; © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Art review

A history of slavery, vividly alive in the present at Harvard

Artist Kara Walker’s work at the Harvard Art Museums addresses the violent legacy of American enslavement. On campus these days, it has plenty of company.

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Daniel Benayun

The Jamaica Plain artist chatted with the Globe about reimagining 20th-century design tropes, color blocking, and anti-capitalist advertising.

This image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Brie Larson in a scene from

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The Weekender: ‘Captain Marvel,’ Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and other heroes

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Drake White performs at the Faster Horses Music Festival in the Brooklyn Trails Campground at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Howardena Pindell Still from Free, White and 21, 1980 Videotape (color, sound) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Garth Greenan and Bryan Davidson Blue, 2014.22 Photo courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Art Review

A near-death experience, and an artist’s joy and rage

A serious accident shifted Howardena Pindell’s work from subtle critique to raucous activism. Yet a major exhibition at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis shows they’re not as far apart as they appear.

Brian Kennedy, presently serving as the president, director, and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, will become the next executive director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum names its new director

Brian Kennedy, currently director of the Toledo Museum of Art, will arrive in July, taking the helm at a museum whose endowment, at half a billion dollars, makes it a major player on the world stage.

A 1937 dust jacket design by J.R.R. Tolkien for “The Hobbit” is among the items on display in “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth” at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

Art review

Celebrating the lord of ‘The Lord of the Rings’

“Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth,” at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, looks at the author’s life and art.

Malpaso Dance Company returns to The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.

The Arts Issue

39 must-see performances, exhibitions, and arts events in New England

The lowdown from the Globe’s arts writers on the new season’s most eagerly anticipated performances, shows, and exhibitions across the region.

Clockwise (from left): An elephant figurine, taxidermy, Somerville High School hall passes, and a whiskey bottle from “Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville.”

From bootleg beer to letter sweaters, show captures Somerville’s evolution

“Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville,” on view at the Somerville Museum through March 31, is an intimate and idiosyncratic vision of a city on the cusp of change.

Suara Welitoff: Right Now This Moment Yet to be titled, 2018 Continuously looping video (silent)


Videos between time and timelessness

Artist Suara Welitoff manipulates old film and video footage, jettisoning narrative and calling attention to throwaway moments to create images weighty with meaning.

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King memorial design combines mystery, appeal

“The Embrace” has presence and subtlety, and more than anything else, it’s human — instantly relatable.

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Holly Lombardo

“I’ve always joked that my tagline is, I’ve been a painter my whole life -- I just didn’t know it.”

Suarez wins Spokane Prize; Trident bookseller bound for Bologna

Dariel Suarez’s debut collection of short stories is “A Kind of Solitude.’’

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving at Brooklyn Museum. Pictured: Nickolas Muray (American, born Hungary, 1892-1965). Frida with Idol, 1939. Carbon print, 11 1/4 × 16 1/4 in. (28.6 × 41.3 cm). Courtesy of Nickolas Muray Photo Archives. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Art Review

Frida Kahlo: the painter and the persona, in two very different shows

Is there another artist on earth with the name-brand recognition of Frida Kahlo? In Boston and Brooklyn, N.Y., two exhibitions can’t hope to contain her — or the throngs she attracts.

05socalendar - Cajun blues performer Tab Benoit performs in Plymouth. (The Spire Center)

The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the local arts world

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, MAY 11, 2017 John Cameron Mitchell, actor, writer, director, is seen in Manhattan, NY. Mitchell wrote and originated the title role for

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The Weekender: Hard-knock rockers, star-crossed lovers, and ‘Little Foxes’ 

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

“Buffalo, New York, from the series ‘Lower West Side’ ” by Milton Rogovin

Photography Review

At the Davis, a matter of photographic pronouns

On display are works by Milton Rogovin and Tabitha Soren.

Left: Frank Poor’s “Farmhouse — Henderson, N.C., 2018.” Hanging on wall: Analia Saban’s series of photoetchings on wood called “Wooden Floor on Wood.”


Board games at the Krakow Witkin Gallery

In a show called “Facing Grain,” artists use wood to play with expectation and illusion.

Artist Giovanni DeCunto has interpreted each of the Gardner Museum's stolen works from the famous heist.

He painted Trump’s portrait. Now he’s taken on the Gardner Museum’s stolen masterpieces

Boston artist Giovanni DeCunto’s latest project, which he calls “13,” is a series of interpretations of the 13 artworks stolen in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in 1990.

Davis Museum exhibition Art_Latin_America: Against the Survey. Caption: Jose Clemente Orozco (Ciudad Guzman, Mexico 1883 - 1949 Mexico City, Mexico) Rear Guard, 1929, Lithograph, Museum purchase, The Dorothy Johnston Towne (Class of 1923) Fund, 2004.7

At the Davis Museum, Latin American art writ large

A sprawling new show is ambitious, if to a fault.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 20: Paul Burch performs onstage at the Honky-Tonkin': Twenty Years On Lower Broad Anniversary Concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during the Americana Music Festival & Conference on September 20, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

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Out of the darkness, dazzling visions in Otto Piene exhibit in Fitchburg

“Fire and Light” at the Fitchburg Art Museum is a superb look at the work of the pioneering artist, who led MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies for two decades.

Jack Lowden (left) stars as Zak Knight and Florence Pugh (right) stars as Paige in FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, directed by Stephen Merchant, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Robert Viglasky / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures © 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.Ê All Rights Reserved.

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The Weekender: Wrestlers, dragons, dancers, and Oscars

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Kapwani Kiwanga’s “Safe Passage” is at MIT.

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At MIT, Minimalism meets meaning

Minimal art was detached from the most powerful social upheaval of its day. With a show called “Safe Passage,” Kapwani Kiwanga puts them back together.

Caitlin Cherry’s “Chaos Compressorhead Leviathan”

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Porn stars are powerful in this artist’s eyes

In her Providence show “Dirtypower,” painter Caitlin Cherry heroicizes women who are stereotypically easy to pigeonhole, objectify, or dismiss.

Ilse Bing’s “Paris Street-Sweepers”

Art Review

At the MFA, it’s the Bauhaus and beyond

Exhibitions look at prints from the school and postwar photography influenced by its aesthetic.

MFA curator Ronni Baer heads to Princeton

On May 1, she will assume a post as curator and lecturer at the university.

Todd Gieg has spent years building a hyper-realistic model of the Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad.

Making a diorama of a 19th-century North Shore railroad has consumed this man’s life

Todd Gieg has mostly eschewed his day job to construct a hyper-realistic replica of a long-forgotten narrow-gauge passenger railroad and the seaside towns it rolled through.

When Robert Indiana (top, in 2013) died in 2018, he left behind his ramshackle residence, the Star of Hope, as well as numerous works of art.

In wake of famed artist Robert Indiana’s death, a tangle of allegations

The artist’s estate is snared in allegations involving fraud, forgery, theft, and elder abuse.

Boston Athenaeum plans big expansion

The independent library has signed a long-term lease for additional space of nearly 20,000 square feet in a neighboring building on Beacon Street.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// The Kennedy Institute opens

Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.