Mark Shanahan

Mark Shanahan writes a daily column focused on entertainment and pop culture, and longer pieces about folks in the fields of music, movies, literature, and the arts generally. He has been at the Boston Globe since 2003 and before that at the Portland Press Herald, where he was a political reporter and a features writer. He grew in western Mass., where his father was the editor of a local newspaper, and he developed a keen interest in news and storytelling. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He is married with two fantastic children, Julia and Beckett.

Latest stories

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

By , Globe Staff

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.

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

By , Globe Staff

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.

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

By , Globe Staff

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