The dramatic story of Russian icons

I originally wrote this article for the Scandinavian auction house Lauritz.com and wanted to share it with CulturePeel.com readers. Anyone reading in the Boston area: we’re lucky to have the Museum of Russian Icons just down the street in Clinton, MA!  What is an icon? For a Russian Orthodox Christian, it is a sacred religious object,…

Don’t miss John Blee’s “Orchard Suite” in DC!

My good friend, DC-based painter John Blee (who has been featured here in the past – and who is the main reason behind my starting this art blog), has an upcoming show at The Ralls Collection in Washington, DC.  There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Wednesday October 26th, 2011 from 6:00…

John Blee’s show in Dumbo!

See John Blee’s show in Dumbo!     I was fortunate enough to get a preview last week. I thought I knew my friend’s work (here’s a link to his site if you don’t), but was blown away by the sheer…diversity of the canvases that will line the loft’s walls through March. The works represent…

Blowing Boston’s ICA out of the water

Mere moments after enthusiastically adding Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art to my cultural to-do list, I came across an article in Boston Magazine that drained the majority of my anticipation. In The ICA: Exhibitionists?, Rachel Levitt Slade critiques everything from the museum’s unapproachable exterior to the shows themselves, which she says lack substance and long-term…