Must-See Art Guide: Boston

This week's shows include Mel Bochner, Julian Opie, Miranda July, and more.

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Alexi Antoniadis. Courtesy of Samson Projects.
Mel Bochner, Strong Language (2007). Courtesy of Barbara Krakow Gallery.
Julian Opie, City Walkers 1 & 2 (2014). Courtesy of Courtesy of Barbara Krakow Gallery.
Peter Combe, Bo Roberts—Reversed. Courtesy of Lanoue Gallery.
Scott Prior, Nanny Napping (1998). Courtesy of Alpha Gallery.
Joseph Lorusso, In No Big Hurry (2014). Courtesy of Newbury Fine Arts.
Nicole Chesney, Votum (2014). Courtesy of Gallery NAGA.
Samuel Bak, Landscapes with Replica. Courtesy of Pucker Gallery.
Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari, Green (Shelter in Plates). Courtesy of Miller Yezerski Gallery.
Miranda July, Somebody (2014). Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Few things beat New England in the fall, and, this October, Bean Town offers plenty of reasons to spend some time on the East Coast. With many of its art venues located in the area surrounding Newbury Street, eight blocks stretching from the famed Public Gardens to Mass Ave., Boston offers an easy and enjoyable way to catch the best cultural events the city has to offer.

Fresh off his highly acclaimed show “Strong Language” at the Jewish Museum, Mel Bochner‘s hot streak continues with a solo show at Barbara Krakow Gallery, which is also featuring works by George Segal, Julian Opie, and John Wesley. A few short steps away, Alpha Gallery is presenting “Bedtime Stories,” a show examining the mythos and narrative of the bedroom, with paintings by artists such as Elizabeth Livingston and Aaron Fink, whose never-before-seen work Pillow will be on view. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the Pucker Gallery, featuring the work of Holocaust survivor and prolific painter Samuel Bak, whose layered and powerful works blend personal history and familiar iconography in beautifully rendered images.

For a change of pace, visit the Miller Yezerski Gallery, showing works by Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari inspired by the Boston bombing suspect search, which shut down the city for more than 12 hours. Boston’s museums are also serving up their fair share of must-see exhibitions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, which, in addition to its internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist art, is featuring performance, installation, sculpture, video, and the museum’s first iPhone app artwork by filmmaker Miranda July, in the show “Conversation Piece.” Whatever your reasons for visiting Boston this fall, make time for a little bit of art in your itinerary. You won’t be disappointed.

Exhibition: Alexi Antoniadis: None is the Number

When: September 5–October 11, 2014

Where: Samson Projects, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118


Exhibition:Mel Bochner

When: September 6–October 18, 2014

Where: Barbara Krakow Gallery, 10 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116


Exhibition:POPOLO: George Segal, Julian Opie and John Wesley

When: September 6–October 18, 2014

Where: Barbara Krakow Gallery, 10 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116


Exhibition: Peter Combe and Edward Lentsch

When: October 3–November 1, 2014

Where: Lanoue Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, no. 31, Boston, MA 02118


Exhibition:Bedtime Stories

When: October 4–October 29, 2014

Where: Alpha Gallery, 37 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 USA


Exhibition: Joseph Larusso: New Romanticism

When: October 10–October 31, 2014

Where: Newbury Fine Arts, 29 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116


Exhibition: Nicole Chesney: Mirari

When: October 10–November 8, 2014

Where: Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02116


Exhibition: H.O.P.E. Paintings by Samuel Bak

When: October 11–November 16, 2014

Where: Pucker Gallery, 171 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116v


Exhibition:Shelter in Plates

When: October 3–December 4, 2014

Where: Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave, A16, Boston, MA 02118


Exhibition:Conversation Piece

When: October 10, 2014–March 15, 2015

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

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