By - 10/18/16 - 9:28 pm
Mural being painted on Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway

Artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo was hard at work in and above Dewey Square today, turning South Station side of the O'Neill Tunnel ventilation shaft into the Greenway's latest mural, to be called Spaces Of Hope. Read more.

By - 10/10/16 - 1:37 pm
Orange people in Fort Point Channel

M couldn't help but notice the bright orange people hanging onto inner tubes bobbing in Fort Point Channel this morning. Begin Fort Point and all, it is, of course, art, specifically, SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers):

S.O.S. invokes the Fort Point Channel Basin as a metaphor for the seas across which people have always traveled in search of shelter, freedom, prosperity and safety; seas in which they have often lost their lives. The Swimmers symbolize the world’s refugees and migrants, and the long history of global migration on which our city and nation are largely built.

Artists Ann Hirsh & Jeremy Angier hope to provoke discussions about the changing identity of the Channel by asking: how are we, a city in the midst of an economic boom, responding to the current global refugee crisis?

By - 9/25/16 - 9:12 pm
Tilt-down fence goes up in Dorchester's Fields Corner

Turlach MacDonagh watched a performance at BR+A+CE's Tilt-Down Fence next to an MBTA bus stop in Fields Corner yesterday. The group describes the project as "7 ladder bench+table systems" with a purpose: Read more.

By - 9/18/16 - 12:18 am

The MFA is hosting the first of four all-night raves "mfaNOW" contemporary-art events that includes dancing and "food trucks and lawn games, live music and DJs, lectures, artist demonstrations, performance art."

Only problem is more people showed up than the museum expected/can handle ... Read more.

By - 9/1/16 - 2:39 pm
Words in Dudley Square

Through tomorrow, Now and There is sponsoring Ramirez Jonas to compile pledges of all sorts on a sign board outside the BPL branch in Dudley Square:

Ramirez Jonas, working with Boston performers, presents a billboard of constantly changing pledges - yours, mine, scientists’, and those of our presidential candidates. Together we’re making a piece of art about promises, those contracts we with make with each other and with ourselves, and the potent speech acts that keep a society together

By - 8/17/16 - 2:22 pm

There is a cool "kon tiki" looking thing floating in the Fens Lagoon. Any idea what it is? Can't find any reference in the normal media.

By - 7/3/16 - 2:37 pm
Goat head statue on the Greenway in Boston

Adam Balsam photographed Ai Weiwei's Chinese-zodiac sculptures on the Greenway the other night.

Copyright Adam Balsam. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 6/19/16 - 11:19 am

Anulfo Baez notes the cuts in the Globe's arts coverage and suggests some other places to read up on Boston arts happening, including WBUR's ARTery, the Arts Fuse, the Evolving Critic and Big Red and Shiny.

By - 6/17/16 - 1:01 pm

Mayor Walsh today annnounced a ten-year program, called Boston Creates, to "weave arts and culture into the fabric of everyday life" in the city.

The city will set aside money each year for public art projects - 1% of each year's spending on capital projects. One of the first areas to benefit will be Hyde Square in Jamaica Plain, where the city Public Works Department will spend $100,000 on public art to go along with a planned road upgrade. Read more.

By - 6/14/16 - 8:13 am

If you haven't been to Faneuil Hall Marketplace recently (tourists: Moving slowly in herds since 1876), you're missing the "Boston Campaign Headquarters," with the sign that urges us to "vote for nothing."

WBUR introduces us to artist Pat Falco's un-campaign.

By - 6/4/16 - 12:07 pm
Giant laptops on Boston Harbor

UPDATE, 2 p.m.: The stickers are already gone.

Nate Swain, the artist who gave us the Lego wall, gives voice to that feeling everybody has when they walk past those sculpture things by the water.

Photo courtesy Nate Swain.

By - 5/30/16 - 1:05 pm
New mural in Allston

New mural on Lincoln Street. See larger.

Caleb Neelon recently painted this mural on Lincoln Street. Nice to see some color and happiness on the wall where the X-Men once lived

By - 5/25/16 - 7:29 am

Cambridge Day reports on an effort by two city councilors to make it a tad easier for local artists to qualify for affordable housing now that they've been priced out of the city. Other councilors, however, wondered why artists should get precedence when other people, such as teachers and firefighters, can't afford to live in Cambridge, either.

By - 5/20/16 - 7:59 am

CityLab introduces us to "Raining Poetry," in which poems were inscribed on sidewalks across the city with a spray that only becomes visible when it gets wet (presumably from rain, but, you know, this is a big city and anything can happen).

By - 4/25/16 - 11:17 am
Animal heads on the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Adam Castiglioni watched the installation of a snarling dog head and other animal heads on the Rose Kennedy Greenway this morning; part of a work by Ai Weiwei that represents the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac (H/t Allstonian for that info).

By - 4/20/16 - 9:43 am

Anulfo Baez introduces us to the new mural at 1720 Dorchester Ave., by Marcelo Ment, finishing up a residency at Brandeis:

A member of the first generation of graffiti artists in Rio do Janeiro, Marcelo Ment's work has been widely published in books and catalogs. Ment's murals can be seen on the streets of many cities around the world, including those of Rio do Janeiro, Los Angeles, Miami and now Boston.

By - 4/14/16 - 8:06 am

The Bulletin reports on the Hyde Park library's unveiling of a painting of John Joseph Enneking, the home-grown impressionist.

By - 3/24/16 - 8:42 pm

Look what's blooming on the MFA's front lawn:

In case you missed it, stop by tonight to see our “Breathing Flower” glow. #mfaMEGA

Posted by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Thursday, March 24, 2016