Must-See Art Guide: Boston

This week's guide features Jacob Lawrence, Alex Katz, Gohar Dashti, and more.

Jacob Lawrence, Watchmaker (1946). Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? Even if you’re not, it’s time to take a break and see some art. It’s still unseasonably warm on the East Coast, so take advantage of this opportunity to actually walk around the often-frigid Boston, and catch some unmissable gallery shows before they close—or before you’re trapped indoors with a million relatives.

Let’s start on Harrison Avenue. Head over to T+H Gallery for a solo exhibition by Ashley Lyon featuring her intimate sculptures and works on paper. Just down the street at Carroll and Sons, you have two exhibitions by two very different contemporary artists: Laura McPhee, who photographs landscapes and domestic interiors throughout India, and Joe Fig, who documents the working practices of artists and their studio spaces. Then, pop by Lanoue Gallery for their eclectic “Winter Group Show,” on view through January 2.

Next, make your way to Newbury Street—any Alex Katz fans out there? Be sure to catch the exhibition of rare prints currently on view at Beth Urdang Gallery, and enjoy the sunny palette of this artist’s screenprints, lithographs, and woodcuts. Then visit Barbara Krakow Gallery’s phenomenal group show “Equal Dimensions,” with works by Josef Albers, Donald Judd, Kay Rosen, Fred Sandback, and other Modern heavy hitters. If you’re interested in ceramics, Pucker Gallery is currently displaying gorgeous stonewear by Randy Johnston, who has been making ceramics for over 40 years and has apprenticed for both Western and Eastern masters of the medium. Before you leave Newbury Street, be sure to visit Robert Klein Gallery for their re-imagining of “Paris Photo in Boston,” as the Parisian art fair ended early this year. If you happen to be looking to acquire new photography, 10 percent of all print and book sales at Robert Klein will be donated to the Office of the United Nations, so keep that in mind!

Lastly, the always excellent Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston has a fantastic survey of the influential Black Mountain College, the experimental liberal arts school that hosted some of the most important artists of the 20th century during its short run. Don’t miss this broad selection of work by artists like Willem de Kooning, Jacob Lawrence, and Anni Albers.

‘Tis the season to be merry, and there’s plenty of art in Boston to keep your spirits high.

 

Alex Katz, The Red Band (1979). Courtesy of Beth Urbang Gallery.

Alex Katz, The Red Band (1979). Courtesy of Beth Urdang Gallery.

Exhibition: Alex Katz: Rare Prints
When:
Through December 24, 2015
Where:
Beth Urdang Gallery, 129 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Gohar Dashti, Stateless (2015). Courtesy of Robert Klein Gallery.

Gohar Dashti, Stateless (2015). Courtesy of Robert Klein Gallery.

Exhibition: Paris Photo in Boston
When:
December 15–January 2, 2016
Where:
Robert Klein Gallery, 38 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

 

Ashley Lion, Selfsame. Courtesy of T+H Gallery.

Ashley Lyon, Blue Blanket. Courtesy of T+H Gallery.

Exhibition: Ashley Lyon: Slow Ghost
When:
December 1–January 2, 2016
Where:
T+H Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave Boston, MA

“Equal Dimensions” installation view. Courtesy of Barbara Krakow Gallery.

“Equal Dimensions” installation view. Courtesy of Barbara Krakow Gallery.

Exhibition: Equal Dimensions
When:
December 12–January 30, 2016
Where:
Barbara Krakow Gallery, 10 Newbury Street, Boston MA

Laura McPhee, Dispensary at B.K. Paul Chemist Shop, Sovabazar, North Kolkata (2009). Courtesy of Carroll and Sons.

Laura McPhee, Dispensary at B.K. Paul Chemist Shop, Sovabazar, North Kolkata (2009). Courtesy of Carroll and Sons.

Exhibition: Laura McPhee
When:
September 9–December 19, 2015
Where:
Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

Joe Fig, Working: Altfest in Kent (2013). Courtesy of Carroll and Sons.

Joe Fig, Working: Altfest in Kent (2013). Courtesy of Carroll and Sons.

Exhibition: Joe Fig: Inside the Artist’s Studio
When:
November 6–December 19, 2015
Where:
Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

Marybeth Rothman, Poet's Encampment. Courtesy of Lanoue Gallery.

Marybeth Rothman,
Poet’s Encampment
. Courtesy of Lanoue Gallery.

Exhibition: Winter Group Show
When:
November 21–January 2, 2016
Where:
Lanoue Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue #31, Boston, MA

 

Randy Johnson, Square vase. Courtesy of Pucker Gallery.

Randy Johnston, Square vase. Courtesy of Pucker Gallery.

Exhibition: Ancient & Modern: Ceramics by Randy Johnston
When:
December 5–January 10, 2016
Where:
Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA

Eric Roux-Fontaine, Theater Scene I. Courtesy of Axelle Galerie.

Eric Roux-Fontaine, Theater Scene I. Courtesy of Axelle Galerie.

Exhibition: Salon des Petit Formats
When:
December 4–27, 2016
Where:
Axelle Galerie, 173 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

 Exhibition: Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957
When:
October 10–January 24, 2016
Where:
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA


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