July 30, 2015

Boston Art Review: Summer 2015

It’s no secret that we love art here at Corey. This summer, several different members of our team have had chances to explore some of Boston’s best art, at the Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Art, and were so impressed we decided to share their favorite exhibits.

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(Photo: Honor Fraser Gallery, http://www.honorfraser.com)

Democratic Intuition, Meleko Mokgosi, Institute of Contemporary Art

Democratic Intuition, by Botswanan artist Meleko Mokgosi. Mokgosi, working off of photo clippings from Botswana and other Southern African nations, creates a unique, drawn-and-painted tableau that blends realism and abstraction in its massive, successive images, ultimately illustrating a variety of views on democracy. According to the ICA, “the series title refers to a lecture by philosopher and activist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, who suggests that to recognize the ability of other individuals and their children to think abstractly and take part in civic life in inherently democratic.” We were struck by how humanistic the paintings were, despite their monumental size and newspaper-clipping origins. Democratic Intuition is Mokgosi’s first solo exhibition.

Find out more about the exhibit at the ICA website.

Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA.


(Photo: Museum of Fine Arts, http://www.mfa.org)

Hokusai, Katsushika Hokusai, Museum of Fine Art

The MFA boasts the largest collection of the 18th-century Japanese artist Hokusai’s works in the entire world, and as such, this exhibit offers a comprehensive survey of his work. Alongside the iconic Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Great Wave) and better-known works like the Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji series, the exhibit displays a spectacular number of obscure works, including woodcuts, paper lanterns, and even illustrated books. As the first Japanese artist to achieve international recognition, Hokusai still exerts considerable influence on Japanese culture and the international conception of Japanese art. If you see one thing in this exhibit, it has to be the world-famous Great Wave, which is smaller than expected (for those of us used to seeing it blown up to better fit posters or wide computer monitors) but nonetheless possesses immense evocative power.

Find out more about the exhibit at the MFA website.

Museum of Fine Art, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.

If you’re interested in exploring more of the Boston art scene before summer ends, check out our list of “Thoughtful Summer Activities“!

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