Making a diorama of a 19th-century North Shore railroad has consumed this man’s life

Todd Gieg has mostly eschewed his day job to construct a hyper-realistic replica of a long-forgotten narrow-gauge passenger train and the seaside towns it rolled through. The results are breathtaking.

When Robert Indiana (top, in 2013) died in 2018, he left behind his ramshackle residence, the Star of Hope, as well as numerous works of art.

In wake of famed artist Robert Indiana’s death, a tangle of allegations

The artist’s estate is snared in allegations involving fraud, forgery, theft, and elder abuse.

Artist Insane51's mural in Worcester gives viewers three different perspectives. This is the normal view. (Lisa Drexhage/ Pow! Wow! Worcester!) 16mural

People are going crazy — again — over this giant ‘triple mural’ on Worcester’s Hanover Theatre

It was first completed a few months ago. But after the artist, Insane51, posted a video of his work this week on Instagram, the mural gained renewed attention.

Boston Athenaeum plans big expansion

The independent library has signed a long-term lease for additional space of nearly 20,000 square feet in a neighboring building on Beacon Street.

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The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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Graphic novel tells story of 2016 election and a crumbling marriage; MIT Press publishes photos of Chinese artist, activist

The grim 2016 election season and its aftermath is both backdrop and foreground to James Sturm’s powerful new graphic novel “Off Season.”

Art Review

The Gardner, Botticelli, and #MeToo

The museum asks some hard questions in its historic display of a revered old master.

Things to do

The Weekender: ‘School of Rock,’ ‘Spamilton,’ beards, and banjos

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Art Review

The things they carried, in a striking show at Harvard

Artist Liz Magor assigns tender care to abandoned things, calling attention to our consumption-mad world.

Winter arts guide 2019

// Check out the Winter Arts Guide 2019

Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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“Big Headed” by Josh Jefferson


A heady show, with an expansive reach

Head forms predominate in “Not for Nothing,” Josh Jefferson’s new show at Steven Zevitas Gallery.

Walking around in the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres is a little like rummaging through the back rooms of Salvador Dalí's brain.

Madly in love: The surreal love nests of Salvador and Gala Dalí

This tiny seaside village at the end of a twisting mountain drive is among the most improbable love nests of the mid-20th century.

Music Review

Cantata Singers lend an ear to women composers

Friday’s concert in Cambridge offered works from across the centuries.

“Verdure” (1950) by Herbert Bayer

Art Review

Bowing to the Bauhaus: When we all were Modern

The Bauhaus school proposed radical egalitarianism through design. For its centenary, a new show at Harvard suggests it had a ways to go.

Self-Portrait with Hummingbird and Thorn Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907Ð1954) 1940 Oil on masonite *Nickolas Muray Collection of Modern Mexican Art, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin *© 2018 Banco de MŽxico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.Ê *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Globe Magazine

Things to do in Greater Boston this winter

Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

Elizabeth Barker plans to step down as director of the Boston Athenaeum.

Controversial director to leave Boston Athenaeum

Elizabeth Barker announced in a letter to members that she plans to step down in March.

“Emailed JPEG Kiss Goodnight,” 2016, Pigment Print.

Tabitha Soren’s photos of iPad smudges will make you think about human touch, tech

The former MTV reporter has an exhibit featuring her work at Wellesley College called “Surface Tension” that opened this week.

Ekua Holmes has won two Coretta Scott King Illustrator awards.

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Ekua Holmes on a roll; romance-book pop-up store

Ekua Holmes came late to illustrating children’s books, but her first three have won awards.

Oliver Barker appointed new director of Cape Ann Museum

Oliver Barker will serve as the new Director of the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, the museum’s board of directors announced Thursday.

A scene from the film THE LEGO MOVIE 2.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Legos, Beatles, Grammys, and eye-catching shorts

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

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Caitlin and Nicole Duennebier’s art is like a game of ‘let’s pretend’ with plenty of elbow grease

Their show is up at Simmons University’s Trustman Gallery through March 18.

Alexandre Hogue (American, 1898-1994). Crucified Land, 1939. Oil on canvas, framed: 47 1/8 × 65 1/2 × 2 1/16 in. (119.7 × 166.4 × 5.2 cm). GM 0127.2000. Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Art Review

At the Peabody Essex Museum, a divided land

“Nature’s Nation,” hatched with an environmental agenda, wades into political waters.

Peter Vanderwarker’s “Boston From Eastern Point.”

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On the surface, on the up and up, and on the waterfront

Photography shows from Peter Vanderwarker, Neal Rantoul, and Leonardo March are reviewed.

Photographer Karin Rosenthal’s “Brilliant Day” (left) and “Cloud I” (bottom) are on display with kinetic sculptor Anne Lilly’s “To Be” at Brandeis University.


Reflections on reflection

Works by Karin Rosenthal and Anne Lilly are on display at Brandeis University’s Kniznick Gallery.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Feb. 4-10

Take in a sci-fi film festival, celebrate Black History Month, head to a Rockport Music community concert, and more.

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Mattaya Fitts

The artist spoke to the Globe about working from the female gaze, depicting vulnerability, and how she left — and then returned — to painting.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Art Review

At Harvard, looking at how we shape mountains — and mountains shape us

“Mountains and the Rise of Landscape” is a bracingly varied exhibition at the Graduate School of Design.

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth

At Hood Museum of Art, changing stories and choosing sides

The Dartmouth College museum reopened after a $50 million renovation and expansion with fresh purpose and a striking sense of openness and inclusion.

John La Farge’s “The Pool at Bethesda” (1898)

Art review

A Tiffany rival, and a genius of stained glass

“Radiance Rediscovered: Stained Glass by Tiffany and La Farge,” a gently glowing show at Worcester Art Museum, showcases the wonders of John La Farge.

“Pure Seemings” is one of the works by Harry Dodge on display in a new exhibit at Tufts University Art Gallery.


Love and other untouchable energies, from artist Harry Dodge

The California artist lends material heft to the expanding virtual world, artificial intelligence, and philosophy, nodding to models of how consciousness and society work.

Rafa Esparza's exhibition, staring at the sun, 2019 at the MASS MoCA. Pictured: A view of the installation.

Art Review

At Mass MOCA, crumbling with purpose

Rafa Esparza, a child of Mexican immigrants, builds an installation brick by brick.

Book Review

In ‘The Age of Light,’ the steep price women pay for their art

In her debut novel, Whitney Scharer reimagines the life of photographer Lee Miller and her relationship with Man Ray

A man took a photograph of the artwork in Paris in June, 2018.

French police investigate theft of Banksy art at Bataclan music hall

A French judicial official says police are investigating the theft of an artwork by the British artist that was painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terror attacks at the Paris music hall.

Check out the Winter Arts Guide 2019

Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

Howardena Pindell, Untitled #4D, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 28-Feb. 3

A multimedia exhibit at Brandeis’s Rose Art Museum, “A One-Woman Show About Eartha Kitt,” a Lunar New Year Celebration, and more.

Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) in SERENITY.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Matthew McConaughey, Mexican photographs, and some Canadian dude

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Botticelli’s “Three Miracles of Zenobius” will be part of “Botticelli: Heroines and Heroes” at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.


Winter Arts Guide: Museum picks

Murray Whyte’s picks of upcoming notable shows.

“Fallen Bierstadt” by Valerie Hegarty

At art museums, a season of environmental apocalypse

Multiple exhibitions examine collective anxieties over climate change.

John Reuter’s “Reticulation”

Photography review

At the Griffin, possibilities of Polaroid and perplexities of identity

Three new shows use photography in very different ways.

Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ staying put in Amsterdam museum

A “full body scan” carried out on the Van Gogh Museum’s version of the Dutch master’s iconic “Sunflowers” has shown the painting is not fit to travel because it’s in “stable but vulnerable” condition, the museum’s director said Thursday.

Taylor Goldsmith, left, and Wylie Gelber of the band Dawes perform in concert as the opening act for John Mayer during his

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Detail of Kim Faler’s “Dolly.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Artist finds import in the everyday

Kim Faler zooms in on ordinary minutiae like grocery lists and to-do lists. Blowing up snippets of handwritten text she has gathered, Faler re-creates them on rusted steel panels.

My Instagram: Julz Roth

The artist spoke to the Globe about art therapy, murals, and sharing her work.

This July 9, 2013 photo shows singer-songwriter Neko Case posing at a hotel in New York. Case's latest album,

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

John Martin’s 1828 “The Deluge” is part of “Before the Deluge” at Yale.

Art Review

Visions of rising waters, at Yale

The art exhibit “Before the Deluge: Apocalyptic Floodscapes from John Martin to John Goto, 1789 to Now” reminds us that floods have frightened and obsessed people for centuries.

“Angel Woman, Sonora Desert (Mujer Angel, Desierto de Sonora)” (1979)

Photography Review

At the MFA, the pure profusion of Graciela Iturbide

An extraordinary show features nearly 140 works by the Mexican photographer.

Art Review

At the MFA, a Native American collection in progress

A new exhibition dives into an under-explored trove of the museum’s collection, with what appears to be a mea culpa: We’ve done too little, for too long. That changes now.

Mary Oliver in 2010.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies at 83

Oliver’s rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection.

“Hollow Point 101,” part of the Nancy Baker Cahill exhibit at Boston Cyberarts Gallery.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Thrills and possibilities as artist ventures into digital realms

Los Angeles artist Nancy Baker Cahill, who grew up in Boston, invites viewers to step inside her works using virtual reality, and take them out in the world using augmented reality. 

Yayoi Kusama with her work “Love Is Calling” in 2013 at a solo exhibition in New York. The Infinity Room will be on display at the ICA in the fall.

Here come the selfies: ICA acquires Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room

The Japanese artist has rocketed to superstardom with dazzling, mirror-lined installations brimming with otherworldly color and light — must-haves for many people’s social-media checklists. But that leaves out a darker story.

13namesNoname -- Noname at the Museum of Fine Arts. (Museum of Fine Arts)


Noname stops by the MFA

The Chicago rapper is making a name for herself.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// The Kennedy Institute opens

Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.